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6 Reasons To Restore Your VHS Tapes to DVD

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

3470790778_23bff15240by: Bradley Finegan

Remember the era of VHS? An era where parents would capture every precious moment of their children’s adolescence with a bulky video camera. An era where you were required to rewind before sending your movie back to Blockbuster (for those who remember Blockbuster). Well, as all things, the era of VHS had to come to end sometime.

Back in 2006, the Motion Picture Association of America announced that theatrical releases would no longer be printed to VHS. The last film released to VHS was the infamous documentary style film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Nation of Kazakhstan.”

7 years later, as digital video continues to take over the world, it begs the question: what to do with all of our VHS tapes? Well, with the help of a production company such as Primeau Productions, you can capture/restore these tapes and transfer them to DVD or digital format. (Very nice!)

Here are 6 reasons why you should digitize those old video tapes laying around the house.

1. To Preserve Your Memories.
VHS tapes only hold up for so long. The average shelf life of a VHS tape is approximately 25 years. This means that if your old tape collection dates earlier than 1989, it’s recommended that you take action to digitize your tapes.
Letting film sit too long and collect dust could have consequences in saving your memories. The film can get covered in dirt, and eventually, the tape will begin to deteriorate. This will not only damage the content of the tape, but the dirt can quickly clog VCR heads, which could consequently ruin not only the tape itself, but the VCR Player being used to play it.

2. Aspect Compatibility
Watching video tapes on modern television systems, in most cases, the image can get compressed, and does not take up the whole screen.  This has to do with aspect ratio, or the relationship between the height and width of an image. During the time when video tapes were the most popular media, the standard aspect ratio was 4×3. With the creation of the HDTV, the average TV aspect ratio increased to 16 x 9. This is why these images look so small. These tapes were created for a 4 x 3 aspect ratio, and we’re living in a 16 x 9 word. Restoring VHS tapes to a digital format allows you to watch them at an aspect ratio of 16×9; fully compatible with most current TV’s.

3. Restore Quality of the Tape
The damages mentioned above can cause blurring, along with drastic discoloration of an image. Dependent on the damage, companies who restore these tapes will clean the film, fixing discoloration and restoring sharpness of the image.

In regards to the audio, we receive many inquiries about noisy tapes, whether it’s buzzing, white noise, or something similar. This can also be due to damaged tapes. Like the visual quality, this is something that can also be fixed by cleaning the tape, dependent on the damage.

4. For Family Genealogy.
As earlier mentioned, the shelf life of a VHS tape is approximately 25 years. These tapes won’t hold up forever.  Transferring these memories to digital formats gives you and your family the opportunity to preserve these tapes for future generations. If these tapes become too damaged, once they’re gone, they’re gone, and cannot be restored.

5. Easier to Manage/Send
Digital formats are much easier to manage and send. This opens up opportunities to easily send the content overseas. If you find a tape of an old friend who is now living overseas, instead of paying high shipping fees, and risking damage to the tape in transportation, digitizing the tape is much less risky, along with a cheaper, easier means of sending that video overseas.

6. For Christmas!
In the spirit of the holiday season, DVD versions of your family memories make great Christmas gifts! These are especially great gifts for parents, grandparents and any other relatives that may have home videos laying around they don’t want to lose.

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10 Easy Steps for VHS to DVD Restoration

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Ten Steps for VHS to Digital Video Restoration:6498632455_4e2668bfb3_n


Step One:  The VHS tape is played in a professional VHS deck and captured  into a computer in real time using an analogue to digital capture card.

Step Two: The Digitized video video is then properly formatted for full 16 X 9 formatting (the most common Aspect Ratio today).

6498642005_68820d18a0_nStep Three: Enhancement filters are applied to restore and optimize the analogue video signal

Step Four: Faded colors in VHS video are corrected using Color Correction Software (Example: Magic Bullet)

Step Five: Many VHS tapes that include old family gatherings may also include television shows. These extraneous movies and TV shows will be removed

Step Six: Forensic sharpening filters are added as part of the VHS video restoration and enhancement process

Step Seven: Forensic brightness and contrast filtering and settings are adjusted as necessary

Step Eight: Deinterlacing filtering and techniques are applied if playback wear is poor or distorted

Step Nine: Exported from video restoration program into professional DVD authoring software program

Step Ten: Chapter marks added for easy viewing and playback

One DVD master is included in the $45-$75 per hour pricing, $3 per extra DVD copy
Optional DVD menu available. Menu design starts at $25

*Film to DVD transfer also available

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The Keys to Success in Detroit Video Production

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

9136683422_d5a32e2c23_nAfter 34 years, we have seen it all.  Ad agencies merging and consolidating, post production houses closing their doors. The biggest effect that began this downward spiral was when manufacturing left Detroit. So how does a highly talented production house manage to stay alive after all these transitions? You will read why in the following post. The following post contains some successful business activity, tough decisions made and lessons learned. This is how we succeeded as a well respected Detroit video production company.

Offer multiple video production services under one roof

First, we found you have to offer a wide range of products. You have to position your video production business as being creative. You have to offer above and beyond customer service. You need to have creative talent to design motion graphics, color correction, format transfer, video restoration and a VHS to DVD transfer service. These are all activities that will help to bring money into your business. The idea is that when one activity slows down, the others pick up.

Think outside the box

The second thing to consider for operating a successful Detroit video production company is to expand your business across the state of Michigan, instead of limiting your work to the Metro Detroit area. If you were to get a job in Grand Rapids, for example, quote the job make sure to include some of the budget to cover your travel expenses. The observation we’ve made over the years is that there are not professional video production companies in all parts of the state of Michigan. Traverse City, for instance, is not an area that is populated with professional video production companies. Primeau Productions has traveled all over Michigan for clients like L’Oreal, Bob Seger and Floyd Wickman.

Above and beyond customer service

Next, you have to provide the best customer service in the industry. Offer to meet with your clients face-to-face on Skype video or in person, if at all possible. There’s nothing like being able to be eyeball-to-eyeball with your prospects and customers to build rapport. And when you provide your proposals to your customers, always provide three options for their choice. Of course, option one is as low of a proposal as you can do while still maintaining a profitable relationship. Option two would be the next level above that, which is whatever you can do to increase the value of your services from option one. Option three would be the “full monty.” In option three offer anything else that will not only raise your profit margin, but also add perceived value to your services and your offerings.

When you talk to your clients before you create the proposal, ask a lot of questions so that you can learn and understand their expectations. It’s one thing to know where you’re coming from – which, of course, is to be profitable in the Detroit video production market. However, you need to understand and meet your client’s expectations.

Add subcontractors as resources

We have some good video production companies throughout the state of Michigan. Primeau Productions works with a couple in the Lansing and Grand Rapids market. There is one video production company that we have worked with up in Gaylord. They help us in Traverse City. Get to know all of the best video sub-contractors so your company can be available to record high quality footage. These sub-contractors can become representatives of your company and help you get the job done.

These are a few of the ingredients in our recipies for success in Detroit Video Production. If we had stuck with one service we would not be in business today. We thought outside the box and began our growth to other Michigan cities. Expanding our services is what helped us survive and thrive in Detroit Video Production. We have continuously grown ever year since 1984.

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