Videocassettes don’t last, and unfortunately neither will your events and memories on them.  Videocassettes use electro-magnetic technology to hold their recordings, and even though they were designed to last about 20 years, image and sound quality start degrading in as little as 5 years.  Proximity of videocassettes to magnets, electrical motors/transformers, sunlight, high humidity, dust, metal-detectors, X-rays and extreme temperatures may also damage videocassettes.  Also, videocassettes can wear out over time just from playing them.  The cassette casings are also vulnerable to damage, which may cause the videotape to stop working altogether.  DVD, on the other hand, uses optical technology and does last longer, much longer.

If you want your videos to last, and be able to preserve them for your family and future generations (especially before they degrade further), there’s really no other choice than to transfer them to Archival-Grade DVD as soon as possible.  I use the highest quality Archival-Grade DVD discs currently available to preserve your videos/memories, to maximize durability and longevity of the discs and their contents.  Most VHS to DVD services charge $20-25 for every 2 hours of video, and use cheap off-the-shelf DVD discs that have inferior quality, and are not handled carefully.  I would not trust my precious videos and videocassettes to be transferred to inferior DVD discs and not handled carefully, and neither should you.  So, why do I use the best quality and still charge less?  That’s because I am passionate about preserving videos and memories, and know how important they are to you and me, and future generations.  I want your videos (your memories) to be preserved and be the best quality they can be before they degrade further, and I enjoy being able to provide you a great service at a great price.

Each videocassette you hand me is handled by me alone throughout the entire process of converting them to DVD.  I use enhanced video stabilizer and recording equipment to maintain the best video quality possible.  Once the DVD disc has your video on it, I label it with a special permanent marker that is safe for DVD discs (marker must say “FOR RECORDABLE DISCS”).  I do not use a label or labeling machine because they tend to release chemicals that are in the ink and adhesive which can penetrate and destroy the disc and video over time, and can cause disc-wobbling and data errors on your DVD player or computer.  PLEASE DO NOT LABEL THE DISCS WITH STICKERS, LABELS, OR UNSAFE PERMANENT MARKERS.  I know it would look more aesthetically pleasing and "professional looking”, but after having done extensive research on CD/DVD disc technology, it is much safer for longevity to use a permanent marker designed for recordable discs  (My goal is to save and make your videos last as long as possible). I then place your completed DVD disc in a separate, legacy DVD player to test it and make sure your video is playable.  I then place it in a protective slim-design disc case, and hand that and your original videocassette back to you (I always suggest to keep your original videocassettes as a last-resort backup).  As with all CDs and DVDs, please try not to touch the bottom data area of the disc with your fingers, avoid scratches, keep away from sunlight and store in its case when not in use.  Typically, converting your VHS to DVD will be completed within 1-2 weeks depending on quantity, and I will contact you as soon as it is ready.

Each videocassette (up to 4 hours of video) is $20.

Any videocassette over 4 hours of video will need to be split onto another additional DVD due to capacity and quality issues, and will be an additional $20.

If you need or would like an additional copy/duplicate of a DVD, the cost is only $10.

Multiple videocassettes cannot be combined onto one DVD due to playback compatibility issues and quality purposes.

Please contact me for questions or more information.

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