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Digitisation - VHS & VHS-C
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VHS was launched in 1976 and after lengthy global success saw a rapid decline. Consequently, there is still a great deal of valuable material stored in VHS format. Thankfully TownsWeb Archiving’s video tape to digital and VHS-C digitisation service uses experienced technicians who are experts in scanning this type of material.

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Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions

At TownsWeb Archiving we use high-resolution scanners to capture your content, delivering FFV1 lossless files or 10 bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers. We create viewing files as H264 encoded .mp4 files or DVD and we are confident that we can deliver any other digital video files, according to your requirements and needs. Turning your VHS to digital is a prudent step, protecting your material from permanent loss or damage and making it quickly accessible.

All content is captured by our highly trained digitisation technicians before undergoing a formal quality assurance checking procedure. The final step in the process is the delivery of your electronic files by hard drive.

As part of our audio visual digitisation service we will check the condition of the film to ensure it is robust enough to be scanned and perform minor remedial works if it is not. This includes:

  • Checking the perforations and splices (joins) in the film – and repairing these where necessary.
  • Checking that there is sufficient head and tail at either end of the film – adding this if there is not

Once we have confirmed that the film is transferable, in order to ensure the clearest, highest quality scans possible, we will then clean the film using our gentle cleaning system before digitising it.

Colour grading is the process of altering and enhancing the colour of a motion picture, video image, or still image either electronically or digitally.

Once we have scanned your film to produce DPX master files, our expert technicians will then adjust the chrominance and luminance of the files to produce a final grade.

As part of our film digitisation service, we also offer several additional optional services to restore and enhance the digital versions of your film.

These include:

  • Image stabilisation
  • Flicker removal
  • Dirt removal
  • Scratch removal

Each of these services is run as a separate process on your digitised film meaning four unique “passes” over your digital files.

As standard we can provide:

  • DPX files (high resolution master preservation copy)
  • MOV files (“prores” copy)
  • MP4 files (lower resolution access copy, ideal for use on the web)
  • Most other industry standard formats you may require

Calculate the cost of your digitisation project

Enter your digitisation requirements and tick the box to confirm whether you would like us to get in touch to discuss your requirements further. If you’re not quite ready to use our online quote calculator, feel free to call on 01536 713834 or email us [email protected]


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