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SPECIAL HOURS UPDATE:  Tuesday, August 26th we will be open 10am - 4pm

We will be closed Wednesday, August 27th through Tuesday, September 2nd

We will resume our regular business hours beginning Wednesday, September 3rd

 

9265 Dowdy Dr
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92126
 
Mon-Thur: 10-6
Fri: 10-5
Sat/Sun: Closed

VCR Video, 8mm & VHS to DVD Transfer

It seems everything is going digital these days, nobody watches VHS video tapes anymore.  Do you even still have a VCR?  The good news is once your family memories have been transferred from 8mm, VHS-C and VHS tapes to DVD you'll be able to watch them anytime you want.  The longer you wait, the more you'll lose of the picture quality, and eventually their condition will be so bad that they can't be converted at all and the memories lost forever.  

We provide one of the fastest transfer services available!

VHS Video to DVD Transfer

 

We handle every video to DVD transfer and conversion personally, as if they were our very own, from the moment we take possession of your videos until you pick them up, and your tapes are NEVER sent to a mass-transfer factory for conversion.  We provide a FREE evaluation of your video tapes to determine their condition and we'll help you figure out how much video you have.

CONSUMER ALERT:  Did you know that most video transfer companies charge per tape regardless of how long the tape is?  

You should only have to pay for the actual amount of video that you have transferred, so we charge based on video length instead.  For example, let's say you have 5 tapes with an average of 20 minutes of video per tape.  That's less than 2 hours of video and should easily fit onto a single DVD.  Most transfer services will charge from $45 - $100.  Even Costco would charge $53.97 for this transfer.  Our price would be just $35!  It may not seem like much, but it can sure add up if you have a lot of video tapes.

Get up to $100 off your Video to DVD Transfer and a 2nd DVD copy FREE when you join Sunray's VIP list Today!

Be sure to check the box for Video Transfers

 

Bring in your videos today for a FREE estimate!  We'll even provide a price comparison.

We transfer these video tape & disc formats

Click on the corresponding format that matches your video for more information.  PAL conversion also available.

VHS to DVD Hi8 to DVD VHS-C to DVD Betamax to DVD DVD Duplication
VHS / Super VHS 8mm / Hi 8 / Digital8 VHS-C Betamax DVD
Mini DV to DVD HDV to DVD DVCAM to DVD Betacam to DVD Mini DVD to DVD
Mini DV HDV DVCAM BetaCam SP Mini DVD

 

We also transfer from camcorders, flash drives,  memory cards Power Point and more

SD Card Smart Media Compact Flash Memory Stick Multi Media Card xD Picture Card Flash Drive

If you don't see you format listed here, give us a call.

 

Are your video tapes more than 7 years old?

Most video tapes are near the end of their life-cycle.  VHS, 8mm, Betamax, and other VCR video tapes will only maintain their original picture quality for about 7-10 years after they were recorded.  After that, every year you wait to have your home videos transferred to DVD or digital the more information from the picture and sound that will be lost.  There have been cases where the material had literally fallen off the video tape and you could see the pieces laying inside the tape shell.  And the supply of VCRs to play these tapes are dwindling quickly.  Before long we will no longer be able to transfer them at all.

Consumer Bob shares why you should transfer your film to video & DVD now.

 

Do you have tapes that look like this?

We can fix it.

Video tape repair

VHS video tape damaged in a VCR

If you play a video tape in a VCR that is malfunctioning or has a dirty tape path, you may find your tape damaged like this, if you're able to retrieve it at all.  We fixed all types of video tapes, from re-splicing broken and crumpled tape to replacing a defective shell.  

This is one of the dangers that can happen when you transfer videos to DVD using an old or cheap VCR.  Or you may experience tracking problems due to a worn out tape or VCR.  Our professional transfer machines will often lock any sync the signal for a smoother transfer.  Why not let us transfer your videos to DVD and you'll never have to worry about this happening again.

 

What is the difference between Video  to DVD Transfer, Video Format Conversion and Digitizing Video?

Digitizing Video

Digitizing Video refers to converting an analog or video tape (i.e. VHS, MiniDV, Video 8, VHS-C, etc.) into a digital computer file (i.e. AVI, MOV, MP4, etc.) using a combination of computer hardware and software that converts from analog to digital.  

Reasons for digitizing video:

Storing on a flash drive or hard drive - The file can then be stored on a hard drive, flash drive, mobile device, etc.

Editing on a computer - If you plan to edit your own video you'll need to have it digitized onto a flash or external hard drive.  

Upload to YouTube or Facebook - You'll need to make sure the video is in the correct computer file format prior to uploading.  

We provide this service if you don't have the necessary equipment or the desire to do it yourself.  You can read more about digitizing video on our video conversion page.

 

Video Format Conversion

Video conversion involves converting a video in some format (a tape, disc or computer file) to a different type of tape, computer file or DVD.  This is often required for uploading video to YouTube, etc.

Examples for converting video:

Convert a video from a video tape, DVD or AVI file to an MP4, MOV file or DVD.  

Another example might involve converting a PAL video tape (from outside the U.S.) to an NTSC DVD (used inside the U.S.).

Converting high definition video to a standard DVD that will play on any DVD player.

For more information on video conversion or to see a complete list of the formats we can convert continue to our video format conversion page.

 

Video to DVD Transfer

Video to DVD transfer usually refers to copying a videotape (i.e. VHS, MiniDV, Video 8, VHS-C, etc.) or digital format (i.e. AVI, MOV, MP4, etc.) to a DVD.  We can even convert a Power Point presentation to a DVD.

Reasons for transferring video:

Watch on your TV - DVDs are usually the best choice for viewing on a Television.  Just put the disc in your DVD player and you're ready to go.  They'll also play on Blu ray disc players and most computers as long as you have the appropriate hardware, software and your computer's setting are set correctly.  If this is the service you need continue reading.

Here are some of the types of Video to DVD Transfer services we provide:

VHS & Super VHS to DVD / VHS-C to DVD Betacam SP, DVCAM to DVD
Video 8, Hi8, Digital 8, 8mm to DVD Camcorder Videos to DVD
Mini DV, HDV to DVD Camcorder Memory Cards to DVD
Betamax (Beta) to DVD AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG2 to DVD
DVD to DVD / MiniDVD to DVD Convert Powerpoint to video / DVD

If you don't see your format here, give us a call.  We transfer more video tape formats than most transfer companies.

 

Your videos are irreplaceable, so why should you choose us?

  Sunray Video leads the industry in keeping up with newer technologies for transferring, converting and preserving VHS, 8mm and other video media to DVD and various media formats.  We use professional equipment for providing a high-quality transfer at a reasonable price without sacrificing picture quality or damaging precious video tape.  Our prices beat most competitors!

We provide the only video conversion service that includes:

All video to DVD transfers performed on site - Your videos are personally transferred by our staff and never shipped out to a mass-transfer factory like Costco does.
Your videos will be returned in the same condition as we received them.  
We repair most tapes, should they need it.
We use professional vcrs for your video to DVD transfer to ensure a quality transfer.
You may combine more than one videotape on the same DVD, up to 2 hours.  Save money by not having to pay for a separate disc for each tape.
We charge per disc NOT per tape, so in most cases you'll pay less than video transfer services that charge per tape.
When we're able to fit more than one video tape on the same DVD, we put a separate chapter title on the DVD menu for each tape.
We transfer more consumer video tape formats to DVD and digital files than most video transfer companies.  Video tape formats including VHS, VHS-C, Mini DV, video 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8, Mini DVD, HDV, Betamax and Super VHS.
We transfer video from internal hard drives and memory cards from camcorders to DVD and digital files.
We transfer many professional video tape formats to DVD and digital files including Mini DV, DVCAM, HDV, Super VHS, Betacam, and Betacam SP.
Do you have a Power Point presentation that you would like to convert to a video or put on a DVD for viewing on a TV?  We can do that.
Sunray Video is 1 of the only companies that have the converter to convert NTSC video to PAL DVDs that can be played in other countries outside the U.S.  We can also make additional copies of these DVDs.
We transfer high definition (HD or high def) video to Blu ray DVD.  We also convert high definition video to standard definition video that can be put on regular DVD which can be played in any DVD player.  Blu ray DVD will only play in a Blu ray DVD player.
Custom labels are printed directly onto the DVD, so you'll never have to worry about a label peeling off inside a DVD player and damaging both the DVD and the player. We never use magic markers on DVDs as they've been know to damage the disc over time.
Our DVDs are water-resistant so the ink on the label won't smear or run.

Additional services available

Gold Archival DVDs with 100 year life expectancy - We can put your video tapes on the 100-year Gold Archival DVDs.  They're now estimating that the average basic DVD may only last between 3 and 15 years, based on the manufacturing process used.  Made from real gold that doesn't rust or corrode over time, the process used to manufacture the Gold Archival DVDs enables these discs to last as much as 100 years, making them ideal for archiving purposes.  Sunray is 1 of the only companies to offer a Gold archival DVD for film transfers.  (Read more about our Gold Archival DVDs)
We have converters that will convert PAL (and Secam) video tapes to NTSC DVDs.  PAL is a video system that is used in many countries outside of the U.S.  NTSC is the video system used in VCRs and DVD players in the U.S.
Convert NTSC video to PAL DVDs - Sunray Video is 1 of the only companies that have the ability to convert NTSC video to PAL DVDs that can be played in other countries outside the U.S.  We can also make additional copies of these DVDs.
Digitize your video tapes to flash or hard drives, etc. - Your video tapes can be digitized and put onto a USB flash drive or an external hard drive so you can edit your own movies or share them with others.  We offer AVI, MOV, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV, FLV and other computer file formats.
Edit your video tapes - If you want some of your video tapes edited, we can edit them digitally without any loss of quality.
Digitize your video tapes for your iPad, iPod, smart phone or upload to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc. - We can also digitize your video tapes for the cloud, YouTube, Vimeo, iPads, iPods, and even your iPhone or Android phone so you can share them with anyone.
Photo prints from your video - We can even make photo prints from any frame of your video.
Blu-ray DVDs - Store more of your videos on a single Blu-ray disc (in standard definition format)
Videotape player rental - We're the only video transfer company that lets you rent video players to preview your tapes.

Sunray has transferred thousands of hours of video to DVD, digital files and other media.  We back our work with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.

You get up to 2 hours of video on a DVD for only $20*

2 hours of video on a Gold Archival DVD for just $30*

Additional standard DVD copies start at just $9/disc.

*Price includes up to 2 tapes. Additional tapes on same disc add $5/tape. 

All video conversion orders under $30 will be charged a minimum charge of $30.00 (includes DVD).

California residents will be charged sales tax of 8.00% on all orders, as per California law.

Turn-around time is based on amount of video being transferred. Some orders can be done within 1 business day.

 

How does Sunray compare with other video conversion services?

  From time to time I search the web to see what our competitors are saying about their video to DVD transfer process.  There are 3 area where I have the most concern.  The first is their confusing and misleading pricing structure.  Unless you read every section of their websites (and hopefully understand it) you may be hit with additional fees you didn't know about.  

  Several companies charge by the tape regardless of how long the tape is.  For example, let's say they charge $15 per tape and you want 4 tapes on the same DVD.  The total cost of that 1 DVD would be $60, and that doesn't even include a backup copy in case your disc gets scratched or damaged.  Sunray would only charge $30, quite a savings.  I found one company that even charges extra for the DVD.  It begs the question, so what are you getting for the cost of the video to DVD transfer if it doesn't include the cost of the DVD?

  The 2nd is the quality of the discs they're using.  They're now estimating that the average basic DVD may only last between 3 and 15 years, based on the manufacturing process used.  Within the next 10 years it will become quite difficult to be able to play your VHS and camcorder tapes (let alone transfer them) as the quantity of working VCRs and videotape players declines.  They are very hard to locate now.  If your transfer your videos to a DVD that falls apart quickly, the money you spent on transferring becomes wasted and the memories may be lost forever.  This is the very reason we strongly recommend using Gold Archival DVDs.  Some companies have followed our lead and are now offering a "100 year archival DVD", however they are not using the Gold archival DVDs.  One of the reasons that Gold is so valuable in our society today is the properties it contains; mostly that it is not subject to rust, corrode or break down over time. That is what makes it so valuable for producing true long-lasting archival DVDs. The "100 year archival DVDs" offered by most of our competitors do not contain any gold, instead they used a metal composite that is subject to corrosion over time.  You can read more about the Gold DVDs below and on our DVD FAQ page.  

  This brings me to another observation I made.  I noticed several companies claiming to be using a 100 year archival disc from Taiyo Yuden.  As of this writing I have not been able to locate any information (even on Taiyo Yuden's own website) about any such 100 year DVDs.  They're your memories, choose carefully how you wish to preserve them.

  And finally, I noticed that very few companies discuss the labeling of their discs.  This is a critical part of the process as it can dramatically affect the performance and longevity of playing a disc in your DVD player.  I've actually seen a competitor's DVD that had a rectangular label attached to the lower half of the disc.  This is a very bad idea because: a) the disc will wobble while it is spinning inside the player making it more difficult for the laser to be able to properly read the disc, which may lead to read errors, b) the label could begin to peel off inside the player and damage the player as well as the disc, and c) labels attached to discs have been known to cause the disc to become unreadable in as few as 3 years from the day they're applied to the disc, making the disc useless.  It's worth checking out how the company labels their discs.  You can read more about DVD labeling issues on our DVD FAQ page.

  In the pages on our website (listed below), I've compiled years of research to provide you with the most comprehensive information on everything you should know about vhs, 8mm, mini dv and vcr tape to DVD transfers. I've included a lot of missing and misleading information I've uncovered from competitors' websites including:

  1. Why is it so important to transfer your video tapes now and not wait any longer?
  2. How do I tell what type of video tape I have?
  3. How do I determine how much video I have?
  4. How much video will a DVD hold?
  5. What is a Gold Archival DVD and why is it so important?
  6. Can I edit my own videos after they've been transferred to DVD?  
  7. If I decide to have my films digitized to a hard drive (i.e. AVI or MOV files), how much hard drive space will I need?
  8. Why do various video to DVD transfer companies charge different rates and what is the difference between them?
  9. Hidden surprises to watch out for from other transfer services.

 

 

Did you know that Sunray Video rents VHS vcrs and 8mm / Hi8 / Digital8 video players?

Not sure what's on your home videos?  If you're in the San Diego area, stop by and pick up a video player.  We rent VHS VCRs and 8mm / Hi8 / Digital 8 video players so you can look through all of your home videos and camcorder tapes to decide what to keep.  Give us a call to reserve one today!  See what other equipment we have for rent

 

Video to DVD conversion resources:

Start your video to DVD transfer now

VHS to DVD transfer

VHS-C to DVD transfer

8mm, Hi8 & Digital 8 to DVD transfer

Mini DV to DVD transfer

Betamax to DVD conversion

Video Conversion FAQs

Video to PC / Mac & Video conversions

What you should know about other Video to DVD transfer services

100 Year Gold Archival DVDs

DVD Copies, Duplication & Replication

 

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