Get your Mini DV tape converted to digital

Mini DV Conversion

Alas, technology moves and improves quickly. Despite their relative success, like countless other formats before them Mini DV tapes swiftly became obsolete and were replaced by the arrival of cameras which use memory cards in the early 2010s. Along with other home video makers, you may not be alone in having boxes of Mini DV tapes taking up space and collecting dust around the home. If so, there is no better time than now to convert Mini DV tapes to digital and DVD. Sooner or later, your old Mini DV tapes and your precious memories could lose their worth or vanish entirely, as the video stored on magnetic tapes such as Mini DV can degrade by 20% in as little as 10 years.

How we convert Mini DV to Digital

Our digitisation process:

  1. Take a look at our Memory Boxes and select the best size for your needs. Just pick the one that will fit all your Mini DV tapes and any other old media you need converting and we’ll do it all in one go.
  2. Decide how what format you want your mini DV tapes converted onto – choose from Standard USB, Luxury USB, DVD or Cloud Album link.
  3. The next day your Memory Box will arrive together with a helpful guides and a pre-paid postage label. Fill the box with your tapes and then we’ll arrange collection.
  4. We use tracked delivery to ensure safety all the way to the EachMoment office.
  5. Before converting the tape to digital, it is essential to deep clean Mini DV tapes using a two pass wet/dry method. ‘Cleaning tapes’, a common consumer-grade method of tape restoration, are available for Mini DVs, but are notoriously 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.
  6. We use broadcast quality mini DV players for playback and then convert to digital.
  7. Once digitised, the digital file can now be edited to bring the digitised Mini DV tape up to modern standards. Colour correction is applied where necessary and contrast and saturation are adjusted accordingly. Mini DV 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.
  8. Your recordings are transferred to your preferred storage option.
  9. The VHS tapes are repackaged alongside your newly converted DVDs or USBs, if selected, and returned to your doorstep.

Why should I digitise my Mini DV tapes?

Saving space and preserving your family films are the most important benefits of converting mini DV tapes to digital. The quality of the tape can seriously degrade as the years pass and you could eventually lose all recognisable trace of the recordings. 

Transferring your Mini DV tapes to digital and DVD can free up tonnes of space in your cabinets and cupboards and you can rest assured that your tapes will no longer degrade, protecting your memories for many more years to come. Conversion of Mini DV tapes to DVD and digital allows you to re-watch and store your Mini DV tapes on computer, laptop or your mobile, enabling you to take your cherished memories with you wherever you go!

The best way to convert mini DV tapes to digital and DVD

Digitising your Mini DV tapes to digital, DVD and USB can be gruelling and laborious if you don’t have the right equipment – which can often be hard to come by. Converting your Mini DV tapes or old photos with EachMoment takes all the hassle out of this process. Preventing degradation and time taking its toll by transferring your Mini DV tapes to digital is too easy to pass up. If you have any Mini DV 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.

Mini DV Equipment

When converting Mini DV footage to DVD and digital, EachMoment only uses regularly-serviced, broadcast-quality Mini DV VCRs. Our customers often recall issues when trying to convert Mini DV to digital themselves when using domestic standard digital capture, for example with Firewire sockets. Using the latest computer software of modern laptops with outdated Mini DV technology is usually the culprit, often taking a tedious amount of time and producing a low quality conversion.

EachMoment corrects synchronisation issues by only using broadcast standard DV 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 of distortion and corruption.

Why wait? Convert your Mini DV Tapes to digital now!

Once these steps are complete, your Mini DV 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. 

A Brief History of Mini DV Tapes

Mini DV tapes and camcorders were once the hottest property amongst home filmmakers and professional videographers alike. When Sony and Panasonic introduced the first Mini DV tapes in the mid-nineties, they completely revolutionised home video making by offering a state-of-the-art recording format compared to their clunkier 8mm predecessors like the Hi8. Contrasted to the far larger VHS tapes which dominated home entertainment, the smaller and more compact Mini DVs looked like they might lead the amateur film making market for many years.

 

Mini DV Tapes converted to digital with our easy digitisation service

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