Videotape Transfer

VHS

  • Was the standard videotape for VCRs
  • Usually holds about 2 hours of footage in SP mode (normal)
  • Most popular format in 1980s and early 1990s
  • Significant degradation of quality over time

8mm/Hi 8/Dig8

  • Most popular camcorder tape format through 1990s
  • Can hold up to two hours of footage
  • Deteriorates less than VHS

VHS-C

  • A compact alternative to VHS released in 1982
  • Also plays on standard VCRs with an adapter
  • Playing time well under two hours (depends on mode)
  • Slightly less degradation than regular VHS

MiniDV/HDV

  • Popular in early 2000s
  • Plays on smaller camcorders
  • Playing time well around one hour
  • Usually little to no degradation

Betamax/Micro MV/PAL formats

  • Less common tapes requiring special equipment
  • Price is $32 per tape for these formats

Prices and Devices

Pricing for Processing:

  • 1 tape – $20
  • 2-5 tapes – $18 each (10% discount)
  • 6-10 tapes – $17 each (15% discount)
  • 11-20 tapes – $15 each (25% discount)
  • 21-50 tapes – $14 each (30% discount)
  • 51+ tapes – $13 each (35% discount)

Additional notes:

  • Betamax/PAL format/Micro MV – $32 each
  • Orders under 30 tapes should take 1 week.
  • Please give us two weeks above 30 tapes.
  • The $99 minimum order size applies to tapes also!

Delivery Options:

  • DVDs – one DVD per tape.  Our DVDs can hold up to 8.5GB of data each. We will split files larger than 8.5GB across two DVDs.
  • USB flash drives – We can fit as many tapes as you like on our flash drives.  If you have more than 10 tapes, this is usually the better option.
  • External hard drives – We deliver these to our larger customers (usually more than 40 tapes).
  • Dropbox – Also a great option for customers with larger quantities.
  • Digital format – All digital files you receive will be .mpg format.

Delivery Pricing:

  • DVDs – no additional charge for 1st 10 video DVDs.  $1 per DVD above $10.
  • Additional DVDs – $9 per DVD for the 2nd and all subsequent copies.
  • USB flash drives – same as on the Pricing Grid (8GB=$12, 16GB=$20, 32GB=$33, 64GB=$45, 128GB=$65, 256GB=$85), all fully loaded.
  • External hard drives – $145 for a fully loaded 1TB Seagate external drive. Custom pricing on drives greater than 1TB.
  • Dropbox – no additional charge.  Dropbox link is active for 14 days after you pay.

James H. – “I was very satisfied with Memoryfortress.com. They were extremely knowledgeable in restoring my photos. I had old still photos and also some on old format tapes and disks. They put everything on DVDs and my memory stick so I can play them in all my electronic devices.

They were fast and got the job done perfect and at a fair price. I highly recommend them and I will be using their services again!

Thank you Memory Fortress!”

Words of Wisdom before you order:

We’ve seen thousands of tapes come in.  VHS tends to deteriorate the quickest, so make this the first priority.  Footage of weddings, graduations, and childbirths are also generally very high-priority items.  It’s much more cost-effective to send in one large order, rather than to send it in pieces over a couple of months.  Memory Fortress backs up everything we digitize (including all tapes) for 90 days, so if something should happen to your digital copies after we send them back to you, we have a full backup here.  There is no charge for blank tapes, and you can mix and match all formats listed on this page.  Lastly, if you have further questions, just hit the blue buttons at the bottom of this page (they are on every product page) for more detailed answers.

All videos are converted into digital format in metro Atlanta by US citizens.