U-Matic to DVD

Transfer 3/4" U-Matic Tapes

Have us convert your professional U-Matic tape to a more convenient DVD format, or as high quality video on your own hard drive. All your precious tapes will be transferred to our 100-year archival grade discs using a broadcast quality tape deck.

U-Matic to DVD - Pricing

Professional Formats

Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SP-s, 3/4" U-Matic, HDV Tape, High Definition Video File*

Transfer to DVD Transfer to Hard Drive Transfer to Blu-ray
Pricing (per tape) $39.99 $49.99 $69.99
  • All video to DVD transfers are recorded onto our Taiyo Yuden 100 year archival DVDs. Extra DVD copies are available for just $10 each, and Blu-ray copies just $20 each.
  • For video tapes less than 10 minutes in length, transfer cost to DVD is only $34.99.
  • For information and pricing for hard drives, please visit the Hard Drive Information page.
  • Tape Repair Service is only $30 per tape. Re-splicing the tape and replacing the cassette shell when necessary are included in this service. Repaired tapes must go through our tape transfer service after the repair has finished. Visit our Video Tape Repair page for more information. Got a simple fix? Check out our Video Tape Repair Guide.
  • Looking to get multiple video formats, or convert your existing video to a new format? Check out our video format conversion pricing page.
  • TIFF Format

    HDV transfers

    HDV to DVD: Videos will be down-converted to standard definition DVD.

    HDV to hard drive: Videos can be either transferred into standard definition (AVI) or high definition (M2TS) video files and put onto an external hard drive or large flash drive.

    HDV to Blu-ray: Discs are BD-R, a BD-R compatbile player is required for playback. For more information about our Blu-ray services, please visit our Blu-ray transfer page.

    DVD copies are available for $10 each.

    Blu-ray copies are available for just $20 each.

    * Digital video file must be on accessible flash memory device or External (USB) Hard Disk Drive, price valid for files up to 2 hours in length.

  • TIFF Format

    Tape Repair Service

    Tape Repair Service is only $30 per tape. Re-splicing the tape and replacing the cassette shell when necessary are included in this service. Repaired tapes must go through our tape transfer service after the repair has finished. Got a simple fix? Check out our Video Tape Repair Guide.

    $30 per tape
  • TIFF Format

    Extra Copies

    Sharing your memories with others? We provide extra CD/DVD copies packaged and ready for only $10 each and Blu-ray copies for $20 each.

    $10 per CD/DVD

    $20 per Blu-ray disc

Click here for Optional Add Ons
  • TIFF Format

    Upgrade to Blu-ray

    Upgrade to Blu-ray and experience the future of family media! For more information about transferring your video tapes to Blu-ray, please visit our Blu-ray transfer page.

  • TIFF Format

    Edit Your Old Home Movies!

    Do your old home videos have footage you would like to take out? Or maybe you want to make a highlight video of your daughter's dance performances? Work with one of our professional editors one-on-one to make the perfect custom movie. It's quick and less expensive than you think!

    $40 per half hour

 

Geek Corner

Transfer U-Matic Tapes

U-Matic Video

The U-Matic video tape format is a broadcast quality tape which was first developed by Sony in 1969. The U-Matic was one of the first formats in which the tape was housed inside a cassette. Most formats of the time involved open tape which was spun onto a reel, and then played in a machine that looked similar to a reel to reel audio recorder. The videotape was ¾ inches (1.9 cm) wide, so the format is often known as ‘three-quarter-inch’ or simply ‘three-quarter’, comparing to other open reel videotape formats of the same vintage, such as 1″ type C videotape and 2″ quadruplex videotape. The name U-Matic comes from the way the tape path looks once it’s insered into the machine, which resembles the letter U. Betamax also utilized this U loading method. Like with Betacam tapes, U-Matic also came in a smaller format tape, called the U-Matic S. This more compact version was used in situations where a larger formatted tape is not practical.

Combining Multiple Tapes to DVD

When bringing us multiple tapes, you also have the option of combining your U-Matic tapes onto one or multiple DVDs, at no extra cost. Combining several shorter tapes onto one DVD will save you the hassle of having several short-duration DVDs laying around. This can also be useful for combining multiple tapes of similar subject manner, such as transferring all of your children’s birthday party videos onto a birthday DVD compilation. The only limitation is that our 100-year archival DVDs will hold up to 2 hours of video, so each combined video must have an average run time of one hour or less.

DVD Compatibility

At DVD Your Memories, we use only the highest quality 100-year archival DVDs for transferring your precious U-Matic to DVD. We are so confident that our video to DVDs will work for you that we offer compatibility guarantee on all of our video to DVD transfers! Never again worry about your old DVD player, or a disc read error! All of our discs are guaranteed to work for your television and your home DVD player.

Transferring to Hard Drive Option

Transferring your U-Matic tapes to an external hard drive is recommended if you are going to edit your footage. The file type is NTSC DV AVI, the most standard format across all video editing platforms. Hard drives can be PC or Mac formatted and the file format is AVI DV with each hour of video taking up 13 gigabytes.

If you are going to purchase a hard drive through DVD Your Memories, we will recommend a certain size based on the total length of your video transfer footage. If you are going to bring in a drive, please understand the space requirements and plan accordingly. Also we recommend bringing in a new drive, but if you would like to bring in a drive that has data on, we will ask that you sign a data-loss waiver. We’ve never lost data on a hard drive, but the possibility always exists.

Editing

With every order, we will crop out any blank footage found at the beginning and end of your tapes. We also provide additional basic editing services available to all of our video to DVD transfer services. Add an extra touch to your finished DVD by taking advantage of some simple basic edits.

  • With basic editing you can crop out as much unwanted footage from your tapes as you wish. This is especially helpful if you have long running tapes with only a few sections you’d like transferred. With basic editing you can crop out all of the unwanted material, which leaves you with only the stuff you want on your final DVD.
  • If you have several tapes with short clips on each, you can now combine all of the clips you need onto one DVD movie. Our editing service will allow you to pull any amount of footage from your tapes and consolidate them onto a DVD for easy viewing.
  • Remove commercials from your recorded television programs. Remove those annoying old commerical breaks from your video tapes, and watch your old programs seamlessly on your new DVD. This is great for special television specials such as sports entertainment, politics, and news footage.
  • Have you ever wanted to combine your tapes with other media? We can actually take your video tapes and combine them with photos, slides, negatives, and film to give a much more professional look to your DVD.

Editing From DVDs?

Many customers ask us if they can edit the video footage if we make them DVD movies. The simple answer is no. The complete answer is yes, almost anything is possible if you are an advanced computer user, but for many reasons it is not advisable to do so. The main reason is that you would be working with highly compressed video.

If you transfer the data from the DVD to the computer for editing, the quality is not the same as that of the originally uncompressed video used to create the DVD. It also takes a lot of processing power to edit the compressed video, and although you can fix this problem by converting it to a less compressed video format (such as AVI), you will still see a quality loss. Also when you re-render that video that has previously been on a DVD it will recompress again and you will notice more than a little loss of detail.

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