BVP BVP - Burnley Video Productions
Reigate, Surrey 01737 245404

FAQ - Transfers

Video Tapes

  • How much does it cost to have one video tape transferred? - This will most probably be covered by the minimum charge which is £40.00. We need to have this to cover our costs. It is more cost-effective to bring in several tapes, then this charge will not apply.
  • How much will it cost to transfer our camcorder tapes? - This will depend on quantity and format. It is cheaper to get five or more tapes transferred. We have tried to price this fairly and clearly so you can work out your budget. Different sorts of video cassettes are priced slightly differently, partly to make it easier for you to understand and partly because of the different characteristics (such as 8mm tapes being very slow to rewind) not to mention the cost, maintenance and scarcity of some old tape decks.
  • I don't know what format my videos are - Don't worry, give us a call and we can usually work out what type of videos you have.
  • My video tapes aren't very long, can I put more than one onto a DVD? - Yes, you can and this is usually a cheaper option. We usually put up to 2 hours onto a DVD.
  • There's probably all sorts of rubbish on my tapes, can you edit it out? - Yes, up to a point but a transfer is not the same as an edit. If there are some very obvious things that you don't want transferred, we can leave them out (such as television programmes). However, you would need to tell us this in advance.
  • How long will it take? - Video tapes are transferred in real time, so it will depend on how many you bring and our workload at the time. Having said that, we can usually accommodate requests for a certain date.
  • Will I be able to play my DVD on my computer? - Yes, as long as you have a disc drive and a DVD player installed.
  • Can I edit my DVDs? - No, not unless you have the software to rip the content from the DVD.
  • Can I have my videos on a memory stick/flash drive? Yes, although this is an extra. We would supply you with MP4 files which will play on most devices and can be edited. However, bear in mind that video files can be very large and you may not want to store them all on your computer. It might also be necessary for you to provide a hard drive for large quantities.
  • Do I have to have a DVD? This is still the cheapest and easiest option for large quantites of video (rather than short clips). We are looking into going straight from analogue tape to digital but haven't come up with a satisfactory solution yet. We have been working in video for a long time and believe, from an archiving point of view, that it is better to have something physical rather than a file that could be deleted or become obsolete. We are still dealing with cine films from almost 60 years ago, DVDs will have a long shelf life.
  • Can I have extra copies? - Yes, you can.
  • Do you watch the videos? - We keep an eye on them although we don't watch every minute.
  • Can you transfer/repair faulty tapes? - We prefer not to although we can deal with some faults. We do not transfer mouldy tapes as these could damage our machines.
  • Do BVP transfer NTSC videos (videos from America and Japan) - no, we don't.

8mm Cine Films

  • Is it worth getting cine films transferred? - yes, is the simple answer to this question.
  • My films are really old, I'm not sure what the quality will be like - films from as far back as the late 1950s and 60s can still give excellent results. Yes, the enamel may have cracked a bit and the picture may be a little grainy but this all adds to their charm. We have only ever had one set of films that were not worth transferring and this was because they had suffered water damage.
  • Should I just bring in one film to try it out? - well you can if you wish but we wouldn't recommend it. We have a set-up charge of £55 which includes up to 200ft on a larger reel or 2 small 50ft reels and it also includes your DVD. If you bring your films in individually you will be charged this each time.
  • I don't know what is on the films, I'm not sure if it's worth transferring them - cine films were expensive and the original reels were only a few minutes long, therefore, most people were selective about what they filmed, consequently the quality of filming is often very good.
  • Can we edit our films - if you wish but more often than not people are happy with the films as they are. You can, however, do a little homework which will save a lot of time editing, simply put your films in the order you would like them transferred. (If your films are not dated/titled BVP can, up to a point, work out the order by packaging/reels.)


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Burnley Video Productions Reigate Surrey


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