Questions & Answers about Video and DVD Memories
What can you do that I could not do myself?
Good question. With the introduction of iMovie, iDVD, and some windows applications that may be cheap or free, anyone can make a movie, edit it, and put it onto disk or export it out for internet display. But if you want a professional look and feel to it — something you can CHERISH forever — than you will want someone with many hours and years of knowledge to painstakingly care about your project.
Anyone can fix or rebuild a car; anyone can make a 5 course meal; anyone can build a home; however, not everyone can do these things and make the good or be of any worth. Creating a DVD package is no different. You wouldn't let anyone other than a pilot to fly a plane. You wouldn't allow anyone other than a surgeon to operate on you. So why let just anyone other than a trained and experienced professional editor handle your precious memories?
We have been editing video, film, photographs, and music since 1980. With over 35 years of experience working on projects we have the skill, knowledge, and know-how to make your package something you will CHERISH forever. Just because someone has an editing program doesn't mean they know how to use it nor does it make them an editor.
How do you compare to others that do this?
We do not worry about others who do this, if you choose to go elsewhere, we are happy you at least care about your family photographic, video, document memories to want to protect them.
We stand by our services with high quality and attention to detail — we do not make what we think you want to see, we make what you want to see.
Why do VHS or other videotape formats lose quality?
In as little as a couple of years, the magnetic particles that make up the picture and sound on your videotapes starts wearing off of the plastic tape. Some of the tape is rubbed off every time you play it. Stray magnetic fields in your environment also cause signal loss on the tape, even when it is not being played, just as heat and cold are not good for tape.
In addition, if you copy your tape, the copy will be of lesser quality. So copies of a tape are even further degraded in quality from the original. None of these things can happen with a Digital Video Disk! Transferring your video to a digital eliminates the threat of losing any more of your video's quality. The digital copy can be duplicated without any quality loss. By the way, since your original master tape has the least quality loss, it is recommended that you send that to us for transferring!
How much video will fit onto a Digital Video Disk?
Video quality on a DVD is best when the content is an hour or less.
While it is technically possible to transfer more than 2 hours onto a DVD, it greatly reduces the quality of the image unless you use the "HIGH-END" equipment that Hollywood uses, but that would be adding thousands of dollars to the cost.
A Blu-ray can hold many hours of High Def video.
How long does it take to create my project?
It all depends on the complexity of your project. Highly customized orders sometimes take longer. We will send you a confirmation e-mail as soon as we receive your tape(s). Our turnaround time is usually three weeks or less — we take our time to do it right and to make it look great for you and all who will view it for years to come.
What tape formats do you transfer?
Formats we accept are: VHS, VHS-C, SVHS, SVHS-C, Hi8, Digital 8, Mini DV and 8mm camcorder tapes. We also only transfer NTSC at this time, not PAL.
Can you add music to my DVD?
Yes, we can add any music to your DVD, which will play (in Dolby Digital audio) continuously on the Title Screen and/or Scene Index Menu screen until a button is pressed. We can also add music to your silent video if requested; however, we are an ASCAP member and follow all piracy and theft laws; YOU MUST OWN THE MUSIC YOU ARE USING BY PROVIDING US WITH THE CD. WE CANNOT PROVIDE YOU WITH MUSIC FROM OUR LIBRARY unless it is our own composition.
My VHS tape has already begun to degrade, will converting it to DVD make it better?
Please keep in mind that the quality of your video is totally dependent on the quality of the source tape(s); the video will digitize in the condition it is in — it will not get any better. The good news is that you discovered it, and are able to have your video transferred to digital now before it is gone forever!!
Will my project play in wide screen format?
Your project will be recorded with the same aspect ratio as your original video recording. Matte-Bars can be placed to give it a "Cinematic" look, which helps remove some of the warbled edges from bad tapes, but it will not play as a "wide screen" movie on newer TV's.
Do you transfer tapes that contain adult content, nudity, or pornography?
NO! Absolutely NOT!
Do you copy commercial or copyrighted video?
NO. We do not Pirate Movies and you should not either.
Will my video and information be kept confidential?
The contents of all your material, as well as, you information. is kept strictly confidential, and we respect your right to privacy. At no time will any contents or material be disclosed to a third party. Completed projects are viewed for quality and technical problems only. In addition, all information and data is wiped from our equipment after you safely receive your product.
We have a small employee base of 2 people that handle all the images and media, create the design, and everything else you see. The two have been working together for 35 years. We have two additional employees that review the video for clarity, content, mistakes, and emotions — It usually makes everyone cry; when that happens we know we are finished with it.
We keep the DVD files for your future purchase of more copies.