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Video or film transfers to digital often result in file sizes that exceed 4GB. While transferring such files to your PC or Mac is typically not an issue, you may encounter difficulties when transferring them to certain USB drives, even if those drives have large storage capacities. If you’re unable to copy large files to USB drives using the traditional FAT32 file system, the problem may lie in the default file system of the flash storage device. By formatting your flash drive, you can switch the existing file system to exFAT, which is capable of accommodating files larger than 4GB.

If you download the files to your PC or Mac, they will play fine, but when moving large files (over 4GB) to a USB, there are known limitations.
Here are the steps to format your USB drive so that the files will transfer over.
PC Steps:
Connect the USB drive to your computer’s USB port.
Open “File Explorer” (Windows) or “Finder” (Mac) by pressing the Windows key + E (Windows) or clicking on the Finder icon (Mac) in the dock.
Locate the USB drive in the list of available drives. It is usually listed under “This PC” (Windows) or “Devices” (Mac).
Right-click on the USB drive and select “Format” (Windows) or “Get Info” (Mac).
In Windows:
A new window will appear. Under the “File System” dropdown menu, select “exFAT.”
You can also choose a name for the USB drive in the “Volume label” field (optional).
Make sure the “Quick Format” option is checked.
Click “Start” to begin the formatting process.
Apple Steps:
A window with drive information will appear. Note down any important details about the drive.
Click the “Erase” tab.
Under “Format,” select “exFAT.”
You can also enter a name for the drive in the “Name” field (optional).
Click the “Erase” button to start the formatting process.
A confirmation prompt will appear warning that formatting will erase all data on the drive. Make sure you have backed up any important files and click “OK” to proceed.
The formatting process will begin, and you’ll see a progress bar indicating the status. Wait for the process to complete.
Once the formatting is finished, you’ll see a message indicating the process was successful.
Safely eject the USB drive from your computer. In Windows, right-click on the USB drive and select “Eject.” In Mac, drag the USB drive to the trash or click the eject icon next to it in Finder.
Your USB drive is now formatted as exFAT and ready to use.

16mm Film

You can tell if your 16mm film reels have sound by checking the following:

  • Does the film have sprockets on both sides? Your film is silent if that is the case.

  • Does the film have yellow or rust-colored strips on one side and sprockets on the other? It’s possible that you have sound.

  • Does the side or edge have a translucent strip of varying width? You may have optical sound if this is the case.

Regular 8mm Film

A regular 8mm film does not have the option of a sound track and is silent instead.

Super 8mm Film

There may be sound in your Super 8 films if the reel has a thin yellow or rust-colored strip alongside the reel next to the sprockets and a thicker yellow-colored strip on the other edge of the reel. If this is the case then you have sound film with the potential of recorded sound.

Please make sure you download the files to your computer. The preview link does not show the files best quality and might not have audio depending on your device. Downloading the files directly is the best way to view your home movies.

While there may be some advantages to upconverting standard definition (SD) video content to high definition (HD), it is important to note that the quality of the resulting video will ultimately depend on the quality of the original SD content.

Upconverting SD video to HD can result in a slightly sharper image with more detail, especially when viewed on a larger screen. However, this improvement in image quality will be limited by the resolution and quality of the original SD content. In other words, upconverting an old VHS tape to HD will not magically create a high-quality, high-definition image.

Overall, while upconverting SD video to HD can result in a slightly improved image quality, the benefits may not be significant enough to justify the cost and effort involved, especially if the original SD content is of low quality or if the upconversion process introduces additional image distortions.

At Precision Transfers, we convert using a broadcast up-converter that results in a higher quality end result.

The cost for upscaling is an additional $10 per tape which is charged on top of the standard transfer price.

If you’re not sure which media you have to start your order. Please give us a call at 1-888-827-7379 or you can even email us a picture of your media at info@precisiontransfers.com

Most newer computers do not have a DVD drive and players are no longer sold. In addition, DVDs can degrade over time, particularly if they are not stored properly. There are several factors that can contribute to DVD degradation, including exposure to heat, humidity, light, and scratches or damage to the surface of the disc.

The most common form of DVD degradation is referred to as “disc rot,” which occurs when the reflective layer of the disc deteriorates, causing the disc to become unreadable. This can be caused by exposure to high levels of humidity or environmental contaminants, such as pollutants or dust.

In summary, while DVDs are generally a reliable and durable format for storing and sharing video content, they can degrade over time if not properly cared for.

It’s worth noting that there are now many other digital formats available for storing and sharing video content, such as digital files and online platforms. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, one of these formats may be a better choice for transferring and storing your old videotape and VHS content.

Transferring your old videotapes to digital format can be a great idea, especially if you have precious memories captured on those tapes that you want to preserve and share with others. 

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider transferring your old videotapes to digital:

1. Preservation: VHS tapes and other analog formats can deteriorate over time, causing the quality of the video and audio to degrade. By transferring them to digital format, you can ensure that the content will be preserved for years to come.

2. Convenience: Digital formats are more convenient to access and share than VHS tapes. You can easily store your videos on your computer or in the cloud, and share them with friends and family via email, social media, or other digital platforms.

3. Better Quality: Transferring your old videotapes to digital format can also improve the quality of the video and audio. Digital formats can provide better resolution, color correction, and noise reduction than analog tapes.

4. Easy Editing: Once your videos are in digital format, you can easily edit and enhance them using video editing software. You can add music, text, and special effects to your videos to make them more engaging and enjoyable to watch.

In summary, transferring your old videotapes to digital format can be a great way to preserve your memories and make them more accessible and shareable. Just be sure to choose a reputable service provider or invest in quality equipment to ensure that your tapes are transferred safely and effectively.

Your order will take 3-4 weeks from the time you send it to us to when you get it back. You will get an email notification once we receive your media, and another email when we have competed your order.

For large quantity orders we do offer special bulk rates. Please contact us for any special order requests or bulk pricing.

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