Digitise Your Home Movies – DVD to MP4

Although VHS tapes were overtaken by DVDs and Blu-rays in the 2000s, they are already approaching obsolete status themselves. Once the pride of film-lovers and film-makers, the endless shelves of colourful DVD cases are now a burden on space. But while streaming services are taking the place of commercial films, what to do with the home movies you made yourself? The weddings, christenings, birthdays and anniversaries captured by camcorders and saved onto DVDs will go unwatched as DVD players become a thing of the past. That’s not to mention their vulnerability to damage.

We can help save storage space and insure your homemade family films against future technological obsoletion by converting them to MP4 files in an online album or onto a USB stick. We accept all kinds of DVDs, including mini-DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

How We Digitise Your DVDs

Our digitisation process:

  1. You pick a Memory Box in the appropriate size and select your chosen output format. We have 4 options to choose from.
  2. Our Memory Box arrives with you the next day, you fill it with DVDs, mini-DVDs and Blu-rays and we organise collection.
  3. DVDs are carefully handled and individually processed and converted with specialised software.
  4. We will do some basic editing, to remove any static and boost sound.
  5. Films are transferred to your preferred storage option.
  6. All DVDs are returned safely to you, along with the converted format.

Why should I digitise my DVDs?

DVDs are vulnerable to damage, particularly when left outside of their original protective packaging. The laser technology found in DVD players is sensitive to the smallest scratches and even smudges and fingerprints can leave a DVD unreadable. The most common damage done to DVDs is scratches to the surface of the disc, with even a hairline scratch being disastrous. And how your store your DVDs is important too. Badly insulated parts of the house, where boxes of DVDs tend to be found, are subject to more extreme temperatures. Heat and humidity can degrade the surface and could warp the shape, making them incompatible with a DVD player. If the disc is subjected to moisture or immersed in water, the polymers can absorb the liquid and interact with the layers of the DVD.

A Brief History of DVDs

DVDs will likely be a brief footnote in the history of digital viewing, burning bright and fast. DVDs rapidly conquered the world of movie watching previously dominated by VHS tapes when they arrived on the commercial market in 1997. But while VHS held ground for almost 25 years as the most popular format, DVD and Blu-ray discs saw rapid declines after only 10 years. This can be largely attributed to the meteoric rise of streaming services like Netflix, the current giant of home-theatre.

But laser-disc technology has been around since the late 1970s, although in a slightly different guise to the familiar CD and DVD devices we recognise today. Once this technology was refined, it could accommodate huge amounts of data. The output brought image and sound to life in far better quality than VHS tapes, making it ideal for full-length films. Optical disc media saw the development of a variety of similar formats, specialised to hold different kinds of data, including CDs, mini-DVDs and Blu-ray.


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