To preserve your analog VHS tapes, you will need to transfer the movies to a digital format where the quality won’t degrade. The process to digitize analog video involves the use of a digital video converter that accepts the analog signal into an interface card which then feeds the signal into the encoding hardware to convert the video into a digital format.
Most do-it-yourselfers however do not have the proper equipment or resources to convert video properly, and while it may seem like a simple task it's actually a very complex process that is best left to a professional.
So how do you choose a reputable conversion service amongst the thousands of e-commerce and chain-store retailers that offer video conversions? Your decision should be based upon three factors: the type of equipment they use, the amount of experience they have and whether or not they perform the services on their premises.
Most people don't realize when they bring their videos to the local drugstore or Wal-Mart that none of the work is performed on the premises. You hand over your irreplaceable home movies to a minimum-wage employee who has zero vested interest in the outcome of your transfer. The videos are packaged and shipped off to a out-of-state transfer facility where the automated process is performed by using outdated equipment operated by inexperienced employees. Don't be fooled by the low prices, low prices equals low-quality.
At Icehouse Pictures your home movies are never outsourced and personally transferred by a trained professional using broadcast-quality video decks and hi-resolution film scanners. We convert home movies captured on older formats such as 8mm, Super 8 film, VHS , VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, and Mini-DV into digitally remastered versions on DVD. For more information on a video converter please visit our website at: www.icehousepictures.com