JVC presented coloured VHS camera in 1976, which later defeated the Betamax standard developed by Sony, mostly in popularity. First movie cameras consisted of two pieces, tha camera part contained the optics, the image processing unit and the microphone, and in the side bag there was the cassette recorder. Though in 1983 Sony published the small camera version of Betamax, the Betamovie, though it was never succesfull enough. In turn they completed the format Video8 camera, which was Sony’s first chip based camera, recording to a 8mm tape. In the same year JVC published its own camera format, VHS-C. Examining the tape, it’s the same as VHS, but because of the small case, you could record 15-60 minutes to them. S-VHS appeared in 1989, which was based on the technology of VHS, it had better image- and sound quality and its resolution was almost double, 400 lines. This qalitative leap ensured, that the umpteen copy of the cassette was almost the same in quality as the original. By that time Sony also further developed the format Video8, later Hi8, which was nearly the same in quality, like S-VHS.

The last developement of Video8 was XR (extended resolution), which increased Hi8’s detail of luminosity by 10%. Hi8’s XRs could play Video8 and Hi8 recordings also, but the simple Video8 cameras are not compatible upwards, only Video8 cassettes can be plalyed on them. Sharp created the first hand camera with foldable LCD display in 1992. Later it became a world standard, this disentanglement is common on cameras nowadays.

Analog recording was replayed by the digital forman between 1995 and 1999, which was miniDV at Panasonic and Digital8 at Sony. In Sony’s solution the camera recorded in the quality of a DV (720*576) onto a Video8 cassette. Panasonic developed a new, smaller cassette, which was miniDV. Both camera types records the same DV sign to the cassette, which could be transferred in uncompressed format to the computer with the right equipment.

Around 2000 Sony tryed to do better, than miniDV’s size, so the invented the microMV format. It was the size of a dictaphone with MPEG2 compression. It couldn’t become succesful, the production stopped after two years.

                 VHS, S-VHS                                         VHS-C                 Video8, Hi8, Digital8         miniDV                 microMV



Video cassette transfer to DVD or USB

VHS, VHS-C, Video8, Hi8, Digital8, miniDV, microMV



  •     With noise filtration (TBC, Comb filter);
  •     If asked on DVD, cutted to 100 minutes parts;
  •     Cassette title printed on DVD;
  •     Quality discs used, only Verbatim;
  •     DVD cases are included;
  •     Prices are by cassettes.
0-60 minutes airtime       (1DVD): 4.9 £
61-100 minutes airtime    (1DVD): 9.9 £
above 100 minutes, every started 100 minutes: 4.9 £
For example, if an E-180 cassette is filled, costs 14.8 £


Other video transfer services

Cassette repairs: torn tape repair, case replacement 3.9 - 14.9 £
Tape inspection for desired programmes 4.9 £
HD mini DV (HDV) cassette transfer 14.9 £
BETACAM-SP, BETAMAX, Laserdisc, U-MATIC, Video2000 transfer by 30 minutes 29.9 £
Conversion of AVCHD recordings per hour of recording 19.9 £
Conversion between video formats per hour of video 19.9 £
Slideshow video editing (moving pictures with music) per workhour 29.9 £
CD/DVD copy (burnt by us) 3.9 £
CD/DVD copy (unknown source) 4.9 - 14.9 £
Video editing by individual needs

0.5£ / min

Video capture into slightly compressed DV-AVI 50% extra charge
American/Japanese NTSC video transfer 50% extra charge
Personal printed disc surface and DVD cover  
Personal printed cover graphics+printing 6.9 £
Personal printed disc graphics+printing 4.9 £