Home Movie Transfer
If you're like most people I know, you have treasured family videos stored "somewhere" in the attic in a box of tapes that you no longer even have a machine to play. For better or worse, the era of VHS tapes, Mini-DV, Hi-8, VHS-C, and other forms of tape-based media is irrefutably over. Worse, film stock is highly susceptible to deterioration with age, growing more brittle by the year until it snaps. Hollywood tries to alleviate that problem by keeping important movies in humidity-free, temperature-controlled locations. But your important movies are probably in the garage or the bottom of bedroom closet.
Now is a great time to update your home movie collection, preserving it for the future by moving to DVD or pure digital formats. Plus, you can substantially reduce the amount of physical space needed to hold your memories. This also makes it easier to share with distant relatives for a tiny fraction of the shipping costs: DVDs pack flat and only require a sleeve, and digital formats can be uploaded or emailed from your home computer.
For DVDs, chapters will be added every five minutes. Each disc is packaged in an slimline jewel case, and your custom label is printed directly onto the disc itself - there's no danger of sticky paper labels coming loose in your DVD player. You can make as many perfect digital copies of your video as you choose, or we can do the job for you!
Please note that DVD is not considered an archive format. Scratches and fluctuating temperatures can damage them, much like humidity and normal wear-and-tear will damage a VHS. Keep your DVDs safe!
Home Movie Transfer
$3.50 per copy
DVD creation and duplication is subject to taxation in the state of Minnesota.
Novamation Studios uses only Taiyo Yuden DVDs from Japan. Taiyo Yuden, while more expensive than domestic brands, is renowned for high quality, long life, and widespread compatibility with home DVD players, including 'budget' DVD players.
For particularly special tapes, additional services are available, including custom chapters and menus, editing and reorganization of footage, digital cleanup, sound balancing, and more. Prices will vary depending on difficulty and length. Please call or write for more information and a personalized estimate.
Transfer your audio memories to CD or the digital format of your choice. CDs include a label printed directly onto the disc and a black-backed jewel case.
Tracks will be separated, if applicable.
$3.00 per copy
If you have a vision that requires entirely new footage, we can do the shoot for you. Live events can include up to two 1080i HD videocameras, a still camera, and separate sound recording. Other kinds of events will vary. Prices depend on the equipment and manpower needed.
Unfortunately, I no longer offer reel-to-reel transfer. For the most part, 8-, 16-, and 35mm film has all become extremely brittle, and often surprisingly combustable. There are a limited number of businesses in the United States that specialize in handling this format. You may want to consider CJS in Iowa, or another business that specifically focuses on transferring fragile media.