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In the US &
Canada VHS tapes are recorded and played in a system called
NTSC, and DVD's are coded to play in REGION 1 setting. In
Europe and Asia VHS tapes are in a system called PAL or ME-SECAM,
and usually DVD's are coded in
REGION 2-8. For a more detailed
summary of these specifications, and the exact systems in specific
find out more here.
you as a buyer, watcher, or consumer this means that if you
PAL VHS or REGION 2 DVD in your VCR/DVD PLAYER
you will not be able to watch it. This is unfortunate since
some great bargains on foreign films especially online. If you
are lucky and the media you are dealing with is a DVD usually
most Computer DVD drives do not care for regions, and there
are freeware applications which will allow you to adjust the
region of your DVD drive. On the other hand a quick Google Search may allow you to render your
DVD Player region free if
correct input sequence is found on the net.
you cannot do any of the above two, or if you are stuck with a
foreign VHS tape instead, then you need conversion services.
Surely enough most Video rental places (eg.Video 99) will
offer such services for you, but they charge a hefty price,
and the quality is not all there. I myself when first using
such services have paid anywhere from $19-$25 Canadian for
converting a 3 hour tape, which wouldn't be terrible if what I
got back had some quality to it, but it didn't.
Since then I have put together
equipment and finally
have managed to provide my very own video conversion services.
To find a bit more about this check the
our services locally in Toronto Ontario, and through
mail/courier to the rest of Canada & US as well as
*Postage rates vary with order size, and are
calculated automatically by the cart when you prepare an order
so that you know the total before placing the order
specific list of the services we offer, and ordering
start placing your
Converting VHS tapes
Tapes that are in PAL can be played back and recorded into
NTSC so they can be watched in a North American VCR.
Tapes that are
in NTSC can be played and converted in Pal so that they can be
played in a European/Asian VCR (please keep in mind, that some
VCRs in Europe come with the capability to play both types
automatically, in which case you may not need to convert)
Tapes or DVD to VHS OR copy DVD to DVD
Copying tapes may be required to make backups of family
memories, or a Video Presentation. Normally this is quite
easy, you simply need two VCR's, but if you haven't got them,
we are able to help.
Copying protected material is illegal under some
Provincial/State Laws or Federal Laws, unless such copies are
for personal use only.
Sometimes your tapes have aged and the video quality has
degraded, or certain features on the tape affect the quality
of the picture when copied, we can adjust such problems and
allow for a good quality end-result
We can also copy your DVD discs to a new DVD disc, or a VHS
tape (this is just copying, no system conversions, the
"Digitize Service" below covers DVD system conversions)
We can also have the video stored in your 8mm camcorder tapes,
or Digital8 tapes recorded into regular VHS tapes
*Note: Currently we are limited to only 8mm tapes
that were recorded with a North American Camcorder in NTSC
You may have
already heard of this, take your old VHS tapes, copy them into
DVD hence avoiding the possibility of losing the video due to
problems with the tape.
Currently we are limited to only 8mm tapes that were
recorded with a North American Camcorder in NTSC format
two things: first longevity, your video will last much longer,
and second, quality, the quality of your video will not
degrade over the years.
If you have
already invested on a standalone DVD-Recorder, you can
probably do this yourself, but with a price from $150-$500
CAD, and a technology that seems to be upgraded from one week
to the next you may want to wait to grab one of these units.
In the mean time we can Digitize your tapes for a price that
barely comes close to $20 CAD, while adding on careful
editing and fully digital quality.
require other services not mentioned above (eg. VHS-VCD,
digitize to MPG format etc.,) or require bulk orders please
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