Transfer to Video Files or Cloud 


It is increasingly common to store videos and photos from modern digital cameras with online storage systems.

Also, some are wanting to receive their converted footage as video files that they can edit for themselves on their home PCs.

This is a service we can offer.

We can supply your converted footage from all kinds of VHS and Camcorder tapes to standard MPEG2 video files at the basic following prices:

For the first 10 hours or less of footage - £5 per hour

For further footage beyond 10 hours - £4 per hour

Cost will be based on actual footage, so for a three hour tape with one hour of actual footage, just one hour will be charged.

The only other incurred cost will be a £9.50 postage charge to return your tapes.

This service is also available as an add on to our 'Transfer to DVD' services at a reduced rate. Contact us with details of your tapes for more information.


How it works...

We scan the footage to MPEG2 video files, accepted by most if not all common video editing software and computer players (Windows Media Player etc). This is the standard that the majority of DVD players also use. The resultant clips will be raw and unedited - therefore there might be some blank footage at the start or end - though we will trim longer sections where possible.

It is then just a case of deciding how you want the footage being sent to you.

If you have an online storage service, such as Dropbox, Google Drive etc, and can allow us access, then we will happily upload it for you.

Alternatively you may want to send us an external hard drive to place the footage on - email us first to discuss the size of drive that may be required - info@updatevhs.co.uk

We can also lend you a hard drive for a fee of £15 plus a returnable deposit of £30

The final option is to send you the footage on DVD-Roms, we typically charge an additional £1.25 per disc required.

That's it! Any questions, please get in touch - info@updatevhs.co.uk or 0115 714 8715


What will you be doing with the files? Is MPEG2 right for you?

MPEG2 files are an acceptable compromise between size and quality, and is the standard used for DVD. MPEG2 files are already quite big, and provide suitable quality for most normal viewing. This is particularly the case when simply transferring old footage such as from VHS tapes. Typically just an hour of footage can be around 3Gb (this is affected by other factors too such as widescreen or standard etc). The files are compressed though, which means it is stored in a way that a tiny amount of quality is lost in order to squeeze the file down to a reasonable size.

Some people may intend to edit the footage later. MPEG2 will still produce results that to most people are perfect, but if you intend doing intensive editing, adding special effects, colour correction, etc, then the raw footage might be more acceptable - this format is AVI. However the files can be HUGE as they are not compressed at all. So unless you have high ambition or work in TV, then the chances are MPEG2 will be fine for you.  

Need some editing doing? Have a look at our full video editing service:

www.UpdateFilms.co.uk