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Video Tapes, Photographic Slides & Filmstrips (Negatives and Transparencies) Transferred to DVD

I am able to transfer across to DVD into a digital format the video footage and photographs from the following video tapes, slides and filmstrip formats:
Video Tapes
'Ordinary' full-size VHS and S-VHS (SVHS)
VHS-C (VHSC) and S-VHS-C (SVHSC)
Video8
Hi8
MiniDV
Slide and Filmstrip Formats
135 (35mm) slides
126 ('Instamatic') slides
135 (35mm) filmstrips (negatives and transparencies)
126 ('Instamatic') filmstrips (negatives and transparencies)
120/220 (61mm/"two and a quarter inch" medium format) filmstrips (negatives and transparencies)

You will then be able to view the video footage and photographs on your computer, laptop or other device and on most televisions via a DVD player. The DVDs are supplied to you in black, vinyl, clamshell library cases, with simple white covers. Please note: I DO NOT transfer 'adult' material. Furthermore, material showing child nudity, for example bath time, bedtime, beach scenes, etc., will not be included in the transfer.

Although you are welcome to just pop in at my photography studio to drop off the video tapes, slides or filmstrips, it is highly recommended that you contact me in advance first, as I am not always available at the studio. After I have completed the transfer, I will then contact you to make arrangements for collection of the DVD(s) and the tapes, slides or filmstrips, and you can pay me then. If you would prefer me to post the finished DVDs to you, then the charges for Royal Mail First Class Signed For postage and packing are as follows: One or two DVDs in one double clamshell library case - £3; three to sixteen DVDs, using between two and eight double clamshell library cases - £5 (one DVD would normally be all that's required for slide or filmstrip transfer). Important: I do not post the original video tapes, slides or filmstrips back to customers, in case they are lost or damaged in the post. These MUST be collected from my studio within one month, otherwise they will be disposed off. Please let me know if you do not need them back, and I will dispose of them (after one month).

This page is divided into two sections: Video Tapes to DVD Transfer Service and the much more lengthy section - Photographic Slides and Filmstrips to DVD Transfer Service.

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Video Tapes to DVD Transfer Service

Video tape quality deteriorates after a number of years, regardless of whether you view the tapes or not. Have your old wedding, birthday party, school play, holiday and other videos transferred to DVD now before it's too late!

I can transfer 'ordinary' full-size VHS and S-VHS (SVHS) tapes to DVD, plus several of the smaller size tapes: VHS-C (VHSC) and S-VHS-C (SVHSC), Video8, Hi8 and MiniDV.

For each tape that I work on, I charge £10 for transferring the first two hours of footage (or part thereof), and £4 for each additional two hours (or part thereof). Therefore, the minimum charge will be £10 per tape. Given that most video tapes hold a maximum of four hours of footage, then we can safely say that the cost of transferring each tape will very likely be either £10 or £14. This price also includes supplying the DVD disc(s), vinyl case, etc. - everything.

SPECIAL OFFER: If ordered at the same time, then complete additional sets, supplied in their own vinyl clamshell library case, will cost you just £5 per tape transferred, regardless of the length of video footage. NB. Please let me know as soon as you can, and ideally before I start the work, that you would like to take advantage of this special offer.

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Photographic Slides and Filmstrips to DVD Transfer Service

I am able to transfer across to DVD into a digital format the images from your plastic- and card-mounted 135 (35mm) and 126 ('Instamatic') slides, as well as from 135 (35mm), 126 ('Instamatic'), and 120/220 (61mm/"two and a quarter inch" medium format) colour and black-and-white filmstrips (negatives and transparencies). These are all provided as high-resolution images, normally scanned at 2400 dpi.

To give you an idea of how good the results can be, here are four examples of scans that I have made from 135 (35mm) filmstrip negatives of photos taken by an amateur photographer (me!) using a basic point and shoot film camera in the 1990's. They have all been scanned as 24-bit colour and at a lower than normal medium resolution of 1200dpi (to make it easy for viewing on the Internet):

135 (35mm) Filmstrip negative - example one
135 (35mm) Filmstrip negative - example two
135 (35mm) Filmstrip negative - example three
135 (35mm) Filmstrip negative - example four

Here are four more examples, this time of scans that I have made from 135 (35mm) slides taken for a beekeeping project by an unknown photographer (Copyright Oxford Photography). They too have all been scanned as 24-bit colour and at 1200dpi:

135 (35mm) Slide - example one
135 (35mm) Slide - example two
135 (35mm) Slide - example three
135 (35mm) Slide - example four

Photo of a small pile of 135 (35mm) film slides.

The rest of this page displays the charges for transferring slides and the various formats of filmstrip to DVD.

Charges for transferring 135 (35mm) and 126 ('Instamatic') Slides to DVD

NB. When scanning 126 ('Instamatic') slides, approximately 2mm from both the top and bottom edges of the frames (photos) will be cropped (not scanned).

I charge just 30p for each 135 (35mm) or 126 ('Instamatic') slide that I scan.

Photo of an assortment of 135 (35mm) filmstrip negatives.

Charges for transferring 135 (35mm) and 126 ('Instamatic') colour and black-and-white filmstrips (negatives and transparencies) to DVD

135 (35mm) and 126 ('Instamatic') filmstrips were typically returned to the customer after processing, holding between four and seven frames (photos) per strip - see photo right, which shows a collection of four 135 (35mm) negative filmstrips, each holding four frames (photos). I am able to scan lengths of filmstrip with a maximum of up to either six 135 (35mm) frames (photos) or seven 126 ('Instamatic') frames (photos) (if the filmstrips have more than this number of frames (photos), then I will probably need to physically cut them into shorter lengths at a frame boundary to be able to scan them).

NB. When scanning 126 ('Instamatic') filmstrips, approximately 2mm from both the top and bottom edges of the frames (photos) will be cropped (not scanned).

I charge just £1.00 for scanning each filmstrip, regardless of the number of frames (photos) per strip.

Charges for transferring 120/220 (61mm/"two and a quarter inch" medium format) filmstrips (negatives and transparencies) to DVD

There are no less than eight different sizes of 120/220 medium format film, the four popular 'standards' being called 6 x 4.5, 6 x 6, 6 x 7 and 6 x 9, the other four being called 6 x 8, 6 x 12, 6 x 17 and 6 x 24*. With the exception of the very large 6 x 24 (identified by having a frame (photo) size of 56mm x 224mm), I am able to scan all eight sizes of medium format filmstrip. NB. Please be aware that the maximum length of 120/220 filmstrip that I am able to scan is 220mm, and therefore if any of the strips are longer than this, then I will probably need to physically cut them into shorter lengths at a frame boundary to be able to scan them.

I charge just £1.25 for scanning each 120/220 filmstrip, regardless of the number of frames (photos) per strip.

*Although in each case the filmstrip is always approximately 61mm wide and the frames (photos) are all approximately 56mm wide, the difference between the eight different sizes is in the frame (photo) length, ranging from approximately 41.5mm to approximately 224mm.