About MicroMV tapes

When MicroMV tapes burst onto the scene in 2001, it seemed they could have made a long-lasting impact on the home video and camcorder market. At the time, it was the most compact videotape – 70% smaller than the MiniDV tapes which were then the most popular format of its kind. At just under two inches in diameter and able to hold an hour of film, MicroMV tapes appeared to signal a revolution in compact video tapes in terms of their size.

MicroMV – Digitize My Tapes

MicroMV tapes, however, were largely unsuccessful. Sony, the only producer of MicroMV tapes, did not allow for their tapes to be edited on mainstream software, nor did any other electronics manufactures sell MicroMV camcorders, resulting in a swift decline into obsolescence. Take our word for it though, despite its short-lived presence on the market, and judging by the number of MicroMV tapes converted to digital and DVD at EachMoment, people still have bundles of MicroMV tapes occupying space around the home.

How can I preserve my MicroMV memories?

Your tapes could be holding priceless memories that you understandably want to protect, so there is no better time than now to convert your MicroMV tapes to digital and DVD. Like VHS, MicroMV uses magnetic tapes to store footage – this footage on average degrades by up to 20% every 10 to 20 years. Consequently, your old tapes containing your cherished memories could eventually lose much of their quality or even vanish entirely. The sooner you transfer your MicroMVs to DVD and digital the better.

Converting MicroMV to digital and DVD will secure any old memories that are entombed in the footage of your deteriorating tapes. If you were to transfer MicroMV tapes to digital, not only would it free up plenty of space in your cupboards, shelves or the attic, you can also safely protect your memories for many, many more years to come. Transferring MicroMV tapes to DVD and digital also allows you to re-watch and relive your old MicroMV footage on your computer, laptop or mobile, so you can take your cherished memories with you wherever you go!

The best way to convert MicroMV tapes to Digital and DVD

Digitising your MicroMV tapes one by one to digital, DVD and USB yourself can be a trying process – we fully understand that it’s probably not how you want to spend your free time. Converting your MicroMVs or old photos with EachMoment takes all the hassle out of this process. Preventing time taking its toll and degrading your footage by transferring your MicroMV to digital and DVD is too straightforward to let pass. If you have any MicroMV tapes or any old formats like VHS that you’d like preserved on DVD or digital which are accessible on your smartphone, TV and computer, we will collect your old photos and tapes from your doorstep, convert them to digital and return them to you in one of our Memory Boxes.

Cleaning the tapes

Before converting the tape to digital, it is essential to deep clean MicroMV tapes using a two pass wet/dry method. ‘Cleaning tapes’, a common consumer-grade method of tape restoration, are available for MicroMVs, but are renownedly unreliable and can often damage tapes even further. At EachMoment, every single tape is assessed and cleaned manually on a case by case basis using bespoke tape cleaning methods and machinery.

Equipment

When converting Mini DV footage to DVD and digital, EachMoment only uses regularly-serviced, broadcast-quality MicroMV VCRs. Some of our customers, of which they are certainly not novices when it comes to videography and digitisation, regard MicroMV tapes as one of the most tedious formats to digitise using modern software. Issues are often recalled when trying to convert MicroMV to digital using domestic standard digital capture, for example with Firewire sockets, producing a low quality conversion.

EachMoment corrects synchronisation issues by only using broadcast standard VCR’s with adjustable alignment. We only use players with exceedingly high specifications that can play any codec, adjust alignment if necessary and offer unparalleled mitigation against distortion and corruption. Once the footage is corrected, it is subsequently output again and formatted digitally.

Editing and Post-Processing

Once digitised, the digital file can now be edited to bring the digitised MicroMV tape up to modern standards. Colour correction is applied where necessary and contrast and saturation are adjusted accordingly. MicroMV audio levels are relatively low compared to modern consumer-grade recording methods. To improve audio levels, we use enhancement and loudness improvement to get sound clearer and up to modern standards.

Why wait? Convert your tapes to digital now!

Once these steps are complete, your MicroMV tape is fully converted to digital and DVD, giving your footage a new lease of life. It’s now time to relive your newly restored footage. Preserving your precious memories and gifting an EachMoment Memory Box to a friend or family member is an especially touching way to remind those closest to you how much you care about them. Whether it be a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s or Father’s Day, the memories enclosed in an EachMoment Memory Box always make the most thoughtful gift. 

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