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ECONOMY

$11 ea

Features

  • Old Time TV Resolution
  • $5 Black Tape Charge
  • UP to 2 hours recording time

Specifications

  • Recorded at 520 lines per inch (NTSC)
  • Up to 2 hours included
  • If the tape is blank, we charge $5
  • We will rewind so you don't have to
  • Using direct to buss hardware to assure audio and video stay in sync. 

Available Options

  • Choice of return media: Data disk, USB or External hard disk
  • Data disk $5 ea
  • USB stick: $15 ea
  • External hard disk: $50 ea
  • DVD Movie made from your video for $15 more.
  • Inbound shipping assistance available
  • CLICK HERE for info
  • Expedited service: $10 extra
  • Cloud delivery not available

Advice

The standard TV resolution until Hi Def arrived in 1998 was called NTSC, and had a resolution of 525 lines per inch.  All the consumer grade cameras until 1998 were NTSC.  VHS had been replaced by 8mm cameras by 1998, so all VHS tapes are 520 lines per inch.  

Most 8mm cameras are 520 lines per inch as well, but most sold after Y2K were 720 lines per inch (TV's Hi Def), and some were 1080 lines per inch.  

The size of TVs has changed a lot since the 80's.  A VHS that looks good on a 12 inch screen looks pretty bad on a 70 inch screen because all the little imperfections get magnified (along with the good parts of the pictures!)  The old NTSC standard just wasn't make for today's giant screens.  

My advice is:

  • For VHS, Economy grade does not improve resolution.   For later Hi8, resolution is degraded to 520.   
  • If you have 8mm or MiniDV tapes, you should consider the Standard or Premium grades for this reason.
STANDARD

$25 ea

Features

  • Upgrade to 90's Hi Def TV Resolution
  • $5 Black Tape Charge
  • Up to 6 hours recording time

Specifications

  • Recorded at 720 lines per inch (Hi Def TV)
  • Up to 6 hours recording time
  • If the tape is blank, we charge $5
  • We will rewind so you don't have to
  • Using direct to buss hardware to assure audio and video stay in sync. 

Available Options

  • Choice of return media: Data disk, USB or External hard disk
  • Data disk $5 ea
  • USB stick: $15 ea
  • External hard disk: $50 ea
  • DVD Movie made from your video for just $15 more.
  • Inbound shipping assistance available
  • CLICK HERE for info
  • Expedited service: $10 extra
  • Cloud delivery not available

Advice

The standard TV resolution until Hi Def arrived in 1998 was called NTSC, and had a resolution of 525 lines per inch.  All the consumer grade cameras until 1998 were NTSC.  VHS had been replaced by 8mm cameras by 1998, so all VHS tapes are 520 lines per inch.  

Most 8mm cameras are 520 lines per inch as well, but most sold after Y2K were 720 lines per inch (TV's Hi Def), and some were 1080 lines per inch.  

The size of TVs has changed a lot since the 80's.  A VHS that looks good on a 12 inch screen looks pretty bad on a 70 inch screen because all the little imperfections get magnified (along with the good parts of the pictures!)  The old NTSC standard just wasn't make for today's giant screens.  

My advice is:

  • For VHS, the automatic upgrade to 720 lines per inch conversion means that the economy grade will look fine no matter how big your TV is.    
  • For 8mm, if you know it's recorded at 520 lines per inch, you won't be able to tell the difference if you record at 1080 lines per inch.
  • For MiniDV tapes, these are certainly 720 lines per inch, and might be 1080.  You can really tell the difference, between 720 and 1080.   
  • Therefore, use the features and included extras to make the decision between the Economy and Premium grade recording. 
PREMIUM

$35 ea

Features

  • Converted at Ultra Hi Def (1080 line per inch) 
  • Free Blank Tape Charge
  • Quality Preview  Option Available for FREE
  • DVD Movie included for FREE

Specifications

  • Recorded at 1080 lines per inch (Ultra Hi Def)
  • Unlimited recording time per tape
  • Free Quality Preview Available. 
  • Blank tape charge: WAIVED
  • Direct to buss hardware eliminates audio & video sync issues. 
  • Free rewind

Available Options

  • Quality Preview
  • Choice of return media: Data disk, USB or External hard disk
  • Data disk $5 ea
  • USB: $15 extra
  • External hard drive: $50 extra
  • Expedited service: $10 extra
  • Inbound shipping assistance available
  • CLICK HERE for more info
  • Cloud delivery not available

Advice

For MiniDV, Premium is worth the money.  Economy works, but if your camera was a ultra high definition device you will appreciate the difference. 

For the rest, from a movie quality standpoint it's a toss up.  Make you decision bases on the free stuff we've packed into the Premium grade

Look at my advice under Economy for tips about how to tell what resolution your tape might be. 

What is Quality Preview?

Exclusive to DpsDave, and available only on our Premium video.   We record a short piece at the start of the tape and send it to you via the cloud. You review, and decide if you want us to proceed.  


If you don't want us to proceed, we charge $10, not the $35 full price!

What is Blank Tape Charge?

Not sure if a tape is blank or not? No worries! If we get a tape from you that is blank, We will only charge you $5 instead of the full fee for Economy orders, or $0 for Premium orders!

What type of  video can we convert?