We have been providing our home video conversion service for over 15 years and continue to deliver a reliable, high quality transfer service to copy your home videos onto USB or DVD with minimum hassle. Your family tapes and/or memory cards will be handled with care and attention throughout.
Prices start at £15.00 to transfer from a video tape to either MP4 or DVD. Please scroll down for more details and our price list.
You can send your videos to us by post or drop them off at our premises by appointment. Our telephone number is 0800 228 9422 (free from any UK landline or mobile). Our full contact details, order information and pricing is shown further down this page.
The tapes (or memory cards) that you send to us can be in any of the following formats:
- VHS incl. VHS-C, SVHS & SVHS-C (PAL, SECAM or NTSC)
- Betamax (PAL only)
- Hi8 incl. Video 8 & Digital 8 (PAL or NTSC)
- MiniDV and MicroMV (PAL or NTSC)
- HDV (PAL or NTSC)
- SD CARD, USB, Hard Drive Camcorders (PAL or NTSC)
- Optional conversion to various editing formats, iPhone, iPad or YouTube
- Transfers to HD Blu-ray Disc
- MP4 option for SmartTV, Tablets and Computer playback
- Digital Downloads
Please see here for Betacam SP, U-Matic and DVCAM transfers.
Your original videos are returned to you together with the DVD or MP4 copies. Basic PAL, SECAM and NTSC standards conversion of foreign tapes is included at no extra cost.
Video conversion to digital files for Smart TV
Most new televisions are Smart TVs and play MP4 video files from a USB stick. MP4 files are the most compatible for viewing on most Smart TVs and portable devices. There are a few different options available such as .AVI or .MOV depending on what you would like to do with the footage. For example if you want to edit the footage then you will need to let us know what editing software you have so we can make the correct files.
What it costs
We charge per-tape by duration. If you’re not sure how long your tapes are we can work it out and let you know before going ahead. Payment is not due until the work is completed and we’re ready to send your order. We accept all cards, bank transfer or cheque with order.
The standard service is for a straight copy of your tape. Any editing, titles or other changes are by quotation only.
Compilation discs of multiple smaller tapes to a single DVD (max 2hrs per disc) is priced per tape e.g. 3 tapes to one DVD costs 3 x £15.00.
Discounts are available for orders of 10 tapes or more – please contact us with your requirements for full details.
Most home video tapes we convert are less than 2 hours long. The cost for this is:
Any single tape up to 2hrs to either DVD-R or MP4 £15.00
Any single tape up to 2hrs to both DVD and MP4 £22.50
Some camcorder tapes (8mm and Hi8) could be over 2 hours if they were recorded in Long Play (LP) mode. It’s not very common because most people didn’t know about LP mode and even fewer people used it. The majority of VHS tapes we transfer are also less than 2 hours. If your video tapess are longer then the price will be:
Any single tape up to 3hrs to either DVD-R or MP4 £20.00
Any single tape up to 3hrs to both DVD and MP4 £30.00
A duplicate copy of a standard 2hr DVD costs £4.00 per disc
USB and download options
MP4 files can be supplied on a Smart TV compatible USB stick (prices from around £8.00 for 16GB) – you can also provide your own USB stick if preferred.
We can also make your video files available as a 30 day, password-protected digital download for £10.00.
Delivery & additional copies
UK mainland delivery up to 750g costs £4.00 for the first tape.
For multiple tapes or HDD camcorders etc please ask for a quotation.
Standard turnaround – our aim for smaller orders is 7-10 working days. If your order is time-sensitive then please contact us before going ahead.
Express turnaround is subject to availability and by quotation only.
How to order:
Visitors are very welcome to call into our office but we ask that you phone in advance and make an appointment to ensure that we’re available when you visit. Note – if the office phone isn’t answered it’s probably because we’re filming – we don’t turn them off for any other reason. Click the link below to download a printable PDF order form.
By post: Send your tapes to us. Please remember to enclose your contact details.
Manchester Video Limited
B1(i) Copley Mill
SK15 2QF Telephone: 0800 228 9422
We accept all major credit & debit cards on completion by phone or online.
Cheques should be payable with your order to Manchester Video Limited.
You may also pay by bank transfer on completion.
Terms and conditions of our video conversion service
If you post your tapes to us then we will retain a back-up copy of the files on completion of the order for at least two weeks or until we receive confirmation of safe and satisfactory receipt of your order – whichever is soonest. The back-up copies will then be deleted.
We aim for a seven to ten working day turnaround time for most orders. However, larger orders, during busy periods or holidays it may take longer. If your order is time sensitive then please discuss this with us before going ahead.
Your video footage will be not be viewed by anyone other than our own staff. Your original footage will be returned to you on completion of the order. We will make every effort to look after your videos whilst they are in our care. However, we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage that may occur.
This service is for home videos only. We cannot copy commercial videos to DVD without formal permission from the copyright holder. We will not copy any adult or other inappropriate material. If we have to return any material deemed unsuitable for copying then we reserve the right to charge an administration fee.
Disc Compatibility – The discs we produce use recordable DVD media. These discs are intended for playback in compatible DVD Players. Some older DVD players may not play all types of recordable discs. Please check your player is compatible with recordable discs before ordering. If you want to play recordable DVD media in a computer please check that your computer has compatible DVD playback software. We recommend VLC Media player for either Windows or Mac – it’s free and works perfectly with all our discs. If you are uncertain about compatibility or have a specific question or requirement then please feel free to contact us before placing your order.
MP4 Compatibility – Sample files are available on request to check the files we make will be suitable for your intended player. The files are intended for playback on most computers (VLC works perfectly on Mac, Windows and Linux), Smart TVs and mobile devices.