U-matic to digital Transfer Service
We also transfer broadcast grade tapes such as U-matic. Send in your tape and leave the rest to our team. You’ll receive them back in a format to suit your needs – You can choose between Supaphoto’s Cloud download service, a simple to use memory stick or a DVD in a lovely presentation case.
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1. Package Them Up
Just package up your material and send it to us. We can also optionally arrange for collection. Tracking gives peace of mind.
2. We’ll Lovingly Digitalise Them
We love what we do. We’ve carefully digitalised millions of memories over 20 years. You’ll get regular updates too.
3. View, Share & Enjoy
Once preserved, you can access them via our easy cloud download service. A simple memory stick or a lovely DVD. Just to view and listen or even have fun editing them!
What is U-matic tape format?
The U-matic is a type of analogue video recording cassette frequently used in industrial and professional sectors during the 1970s. Although the U-matic was first designed for consumer markets, the high cost of VCR recorders during the 1970s meant there was little consumer demand. Despite this, the U-matic found its home in professional television production and is still used for some specific uses to this day.
The wide usage of U-matic tape recordings in professional sectors means that there is a large quantity of tapes still in existence. The large size of the u-matic video cassettes and recorders means that it is now increasingly difficult to use these historical formats.
One of the major limitations of the U-matic cassette format was damage caused to the videotape when the cassettes were played. The problem lies in the fact that the spinning drum inside the cassette would rub against the film. This would lead to friction wearing away at the u matic tape that would eventually make it unplayable.
This poses a continuing danger to U-matic tapes and means that playing them will likely lead to irreparable damage.
At Supaphoto we believe that the limitations of older technology shouldn’t mean that we lose the important recordings held on formats like the U-matic. We think that the best answer to this problem lies in the conversion of matic tapes into digital video formats.
The digitisation process will then provide you with a master copy of your footage in the original format alongside digital copies for archival purposes. We think that digitisation allows you to future-proof your collections of historical video recordings so that they can be enjoyed in years to come.
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U-matic to Digital Transfer
Our team of expert technicians have over 18 years of experience with digital transfers. We pride ourselves on our high quality video transfers that will safeguard your analogue recordings against potential damage or loss.
When considering to convert u matic to digital then – rest assured that once your film cassettes arrive with us we will perform a pre-transfer treatment process to assess the quality of the film and clean any accumulated dust on the film. We will then process your film using our digitisation software to produce high definition transfers. We take a frame-by-frame scan of the original tape footage that will give you the best quality duplicate of the original recording. We will then hand over the newly scanned digital files to our video editing team who will selectively edit your footage. They will sympathetically correct any faded colours or exposure issues that the film may affect the film. Once our U-matic video tape transfer is complete you will then have a digital copy alongside your master umatic tapes.
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When the digital scanning and restoration of your footage is complete you will then be able to choose from a number of digital formats and storage methods. Alongside regular MP4 files we also offer editable file types if required. Popular choices include:
U-matic to DVD or Blue Ray: We will burn your transferred video recording onto a DVD or Blue Ray that is compatible with most home media players.
U-matic to digital external storage: We will transfer your video files onto an external harddrive or usb stick. These are compatible with most modern TVs, PCs and Mac computers.
Whatever you’re needs we’re confident that our friendly team can help you with your U-matic tape transfers.
Did You Know?:
The U-matic gets its name from the way that the film is fed into the drum which resembles the letter U.
Unlike most cassette formats the U-matic’s film reels turn in opposite directions during playback, fast-forward and rewind.