Monday, May 4, 2020

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Fair warning, VHS, 8mm video, hi-8mm video and super-vhs tapesn have over time become fragile and no one can be responsible for any loss or damage that could occur during the retransfer to digital process. However, if your Home video has already been transferred to DVD you already have a back up. The other thing to consider, if your videotape gets damaged during playback, it also means the VHS, SVHS playback machine has been damaged by the Home video tape. Outside unknown forces such as how the VHS videotape has been stored for the past 20 to 30 years will always be the cause of an accident happening and nobody should be held accountable. This is also why most transfer places want to simply put a VHS video on play and instantly make a recording without making additional adjustments, they know the home videos are fragile.

Contact Alessandro Machi at, vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a VHS, SVHS to Digital Transfer session in his amazing VHS, SVHS Transfer to Digital Studio. 
Alessandro's Studio and Writing Credits include; 
2001 Los Angeles Emmy,
over 20 IMDB credits for work done in his studio, 
Ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. 
1985 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Winner

Monday, April 27, 2020

Everybody Blames Trump, and people are dying because of it.

Everybody in the Media Blames Trump, and people are dying because of it. 


Fair warning, VHS, 8mm video, hi-8mm video and super-vhs tapesn have over time become fragile and no one can be responsible for any loss or damage that could occur during the retransfer to digital process. However, if your Home video has already been transferred to DVD you already have a back up. The other thing to consider, if your videotape gets damaged during playback, it also means the VHS, SVHS playback machine has been damaged by the Home video tape. Outside unknown forces such as how the VHS videotape has been stored for the past 20 to 30 years will always be the cause of an accident happening and nobody should be held accountable. This is also why most transfer places want to simply put a VHS video on play and instantly make a recording without making additional adjustments, they know the home videos are fragile.

Contact Alessandro Machi at, vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a VHS, SVHS to Digital Transfer session in his amazing VHS, SVHS Transfer to Digital Studio. 
Alessandro's Studio and Writing Credits include; 
2001 Los Angeles Emmy,
over 20 IMDB credits for work done in his studio, 
Ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. 
1985 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Winner

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Partial list of my favorite Quora Questions and Answers.




Contact Alessandro Machi at, vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a VHS, SVHS to Digital Transfer session in his amazing VHS, SVHS Transfer to Digital Studio. 
Alessandro's Studio and Writing Credits include; 
2001 Los Angeles Emmy,
over 20 IMDB credits for work done in his studio, 
Ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. 
1985 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Winner

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Blindside Penalty in the NFL needs new guidelines before more games are ruined.



Fair warning, VHS home movie tapes are fragile and I cannot be responsible for any loss or damage that could occur during the retransfer to digital process. However, since  your Home video has already been transferred to DVD you already have a back up. The other thing to consider, if your videotape gets damaged in my machine, it also means my extremely sophisticated VHS, SVHS playback machine has been damaged by your Home video tape and if that happened too often I could not stay in business. Outside unknown forces such as how the VHS videotape has been stored for the past 20 to 30 years will always be the cause of an accident happening and nobody should be held accountable. This is also why most transfer places want to simply put a VHS video on play and instantly make a recording without making additional adjustments, they know the home videos are fragile.

Contact Alessandro Machi at, vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a VHS, SVHS to Digital Transfer session in his amazing VHS, SVHS Transfer to Digital Studio. 
Alessandro's Studio and Writing Credits include; 
2001 Los Angeles Emmy,
over 20 IMDB credits for work done in his studio, 
Ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. 
1985 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Winner

Friday, August 16, 2019

My Youtube Page is now Open. This is my first Playlist.





Fair warning, VHS home movie tapes are fragile and I cannot be responsible for any loss or damage that could occur during the retransfer to digital process. However, since  your Home video has already been transferred to DVD you already have a back up. The other thing to consider, if your videotape gets damaged in my machine, it also means my extremely sophisticated VHS, SVHS playback machine has been damaged by your Home video tape and if that happened too often I could not stay in business. Outside unknown forces such as how the VHS videotape has been stored for the past 20 to 30 years will always be the cause of an accident happening and nobody should be held accountable. This is also why most transfer places want to simply put a VHS video on play and instantly make a recording without making additional adjustments, they know the home videos are fragile.

Contact Alessandro Machi at, vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a VHS, SVHS to Digital Transfer session in his amazing VHS, SVHS Transfer to Digital Studio. 
Alessandro's Studio and Writing Credits include; 
2001 Los Angeles Emmy,
over 20 IMDB credits for work done in his studio, 
Ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. 
1985 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Winner

Friday, April 27, 2018

How to Edit your Vintage VHS Home Movies the way a Hollywood Movie Editor Would.

The First thing a Hollywood Video Editor would go when it comes to editing their Vintage VHS videotape Home movies is to make a copy onto a digital format. 

The digital format copy is then used to make notes as to what is actually on the original Vintage VHS tape. The goal is to do a one pass on the original Vintage VHS tape so as not to damage it. 

Obviously the VHS playback machine needs to be in good shape. If a pinch roller that guides the tape has a burr or large enough dust or dirt particle on it it can put small indents on the vhs tape which can degrade the image playback, forever.

You may feel more comfortable bringing your Vintage VHS tapes into a transfer facility and letting them do the original transfer to digital versus do it yourself.

However, once the original transfer of your Vintage VHS tapes to digital is accomplished, your work is just beginning!  Review and take notes from ALL of your digital copies. Then make a decision, do you want to do a higher quality retransfer from the original VHS tape of your favorite moments from several different original VHS tapes, or, do you just want to select your favorite couple of VHS tapes and have them retransferred in an actual studio with an actual IMDB credited, Los Angeles Emmy winning editor?

Editing is never easy, and while it is wise to transfer your vintage VHS home movies to digital, virtually all high volume VHS transfer facilities simply want to play back your vhs tapes and make a real time Transfer.

There is no way that I know of to get the maximum quality from a Vintage VHS Home Movie in real time playback mode without first evaluating and making close to a dozen individual adjustments and evaluations. These numerous video and audio Vintage VHS playback adjustments may vary scene by scene, even cut by cut. 

The improvement in quality between a real time vintage VHS transfer and a custom VHS studio transfer with an IMDB credited editor can be remarkable. And, as an added bonus, the better the quality from the original VHS playback as it is being retransferred with scene by scene corrections into the digital world, the better quality image digital playback software can create from the improved, retransferred, scene by scene color corrected Vintage VHS video signal. Better signal to noise ratios during the VHS to digital transfer most likely means the digital software being used can do an even better job of improving the overall image of the video in a digital format.

Fair warning, VHS home movie tapes are fragile and I cannot be responsible for any loss or damage that could occur during the retransfer to digital process. However, since  your Home video has already been transferred to DVD you already have a back up. The other thing to consider, if your videotape gets damaged in my machine, it also means my extremely sophisticated VHS, SVHS playback machine has been damaged by your Home video tape and if that happened too often I could not stay in business. Outside unknown forces such as how the VHS videotape has been stored for the past 20 to 30 years will always be the cause of an accident happening and nobody should be held accountable. This is also why most transfer places want to simply put a VHS video on play and instantly make a recording without making additional adjustments, they know the home videos are fragile.

Contact Alessandro Machi at, vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a VHS, SVHS to Digital Transfer session in his amazing VHS, SVHS Transfer to Digital Studio. 
Alessandro's Studio and Writing Credits include; 
2001 Los Angeles Emmy,
over 20 IMDB credits for work done in his studio, 
Ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. 
1985 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Winner

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Should I panic because my VHS home movies were transferred to DVD? Yes and No.

Some panic is in order if you transferred your VHS home movies to DVD, but you may have received a valuable, low cost first step service anyways.

Anyone who has ever tried to make either a short film or a low budget feature film quickly realizes the biggest challenge is creating and then properly positioning literally thousands of video and audio segments into the proper sequence. But even as this monumental task is going on, Audio Tracks have to be built, layered and mixed together and if there are any special video effects, those two have to be built, layered and mixed together.

Our home movies and our treasured family photos can eventually turn into their own layered movie, especially if we hope to preserve the most revered moments.

DVD's are not necessarily the best editing source to work with, but they can be really useful when it comes to logging what is actually on the original VHS home movies. Viewing and logging the DVD transfers of VHS home movies is an excellent way to not accidentally destroy or damage the original VHS video.

Viewing the DVD transfers of original VHS home movies is also an excellent way to really decide if you have a very precious VHS tape or two that stands out above the rest. If you have a VHS tape or two that stands above the rest, you  should consider having that specific VHS or SVHS videotape retransferred in a high end retransfer studio. In my VHS to Digital Retransfer studio you can even supervise your session. 

The cost of a studio based Retransfer of VHS or SVHS to digital is probably astronomical when compared to the original VHS to DVD transfer, but the additional quality of the retransfer from VHS to a Digital File should hopefully please you even more. 

Since home movie events cannot realistically be recreated, the astronomical retransfer cost is actually a drop in the bucket when compared to not being able to recreate that original moment in time again. But there are warnings to consider regarding the playing back of any videotape product, please read below to learn about what can go wrong.

Fair warning, VHS home movie tapes are fragile and I cannot be responsible for any loss or damage that could occur during the retransfer to digital process. However, since  your Home video has already been transferred to DVD you already have a back up. The other thing to consider, if your videotape gets damaged in my machine, it also means my extremely sophisticated VHS, SVHS playback machine has been damaged by your Home video tape and if that happened too often I could not stay in business. Outside unknown forces such as how the VHS videotape has been stored for the past 20 to 30 years will always be the cause of an accident happening and nobody should be held accountable. This is also why most transfer places want to simply put a VHS video on play and instantly make a recording without making additional adjustments, they know the home videos are fragile.


Contact Alessandro Machi at, vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a VHS, SVHS to Digital Transfer session in his amazing VHS, SVHS Transfer to Digital Studio. 

Alessandro's Studio and Writing Credits include; 
2001 Los Angeles Emmy,
over 20 IMDB credits for work done in his studio, 
Ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. 
1985 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Winner

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Is DVD the final transfer solution for my VHS, SVHS Transfers? No!

The crazy aspect of transferring VHS and SVHS videotapes to DVD is that it is probably the most efficient method for being able to review all of your VHS and SVHS videotapes, yet the DVD format is not necessarily the ideal format to do a final VHS to Digital Transfer.

There is no conclusive proof that DVD's actually will last for several decades. And the other aspect of DVD's to consider is they have an unattractive compression scheme which allows for the DVD to reproduce a nice picture of the VHS to DVD transfer, but the compression used to make a DVD could compromise further editing of the DVD footage.

On the other hand, VHS and SVHS transfer to DVD are probably the most cost effective forms of transfer when can either do themselves or hire a Transfer facility to do the transfers.

Just like a regular photo scrapbook, one should look at their VHS, SVHS transfer to DVD as a work in progress. Review your DVD's to make sure they all play ok and make at least one back up DVD copy.  Then mull over the possibility of re-transferring your favorite VHS tapes in a high quality, studio setting, one in which you can actually supervise your new VHS to Digital File transfer session.

Study the DVD copy of your VHS or SVHS videotape so you don't put additional wear and tear on the original videotape. If you have already made copies of the DVD original, use the DVD copy and take notes as to what you would want done during a supervised transfer of your favorite VHS videotapes. 

Many want to believe that the difference in quality between VHS players is negligible, this is simply not true. There is a dramatic difference in playback quality between different VHS playback machines just as there is a dramatic difference in price amongst VHS playback machines. VHS machines can cost as little as 49 dollars and can run up to 7,500 dollars. 

It is the digital realm where it may be possible to play back a digital videotape at the same quality whether the digital playback machine is a 300 dollar, or a 3,000 dollar. The one basic difference may be that a more expensive machine may playback a tape that perhaps does not play back in lower cost digital playback machine. But any machine that plays back a digital videotape will probably play it back at virtually identical quality.


Contact Alessandro Machi at vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a session in his amazing Analog to Digital Studio. Alessandro's Studio Credits include over 25 IMDB credits and a Los Angeles Emmy. He is also currently ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. Mr. Machi also won the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Award in the Commercials Category many moons ago.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Do I need to have Special Audio and Video Adjustments during my Supervised VHS to Digital Transfer?

It's important to realize that most VHS Videotape to Digital Video or DVD transfer companies that offer very affordable pricing are probably going to do a "real time" VHS transfer to Digital. If these companies had to stop and start every time the video image changed to a new angle, or the sound level needed adjusting, it could take many many hours just to transfer one vhs videotape to digital or dvd.

However, assuming the VHS to Digital Transfer houses send you back your VHS Videotape originals, which they should, they are doing you a tremendous, low cost service, and here's why. What if you actually reviewed the DVD's or digital file transfers and discovered that out of the lets say 2 dozen tapes you had transferred to digital or dvd, 3 of them were so sentimental, or just full of so many good memories that you wanted those specific digital copies to be the best quality for both audio and video that was reasonably possible.

Well the good news is if all of your VHS tapes were transferred and returned to you so that they could be more easily reviewed from a digital source, you are no longer wearing out the original VHS videotapes. As long as you can match up the transferred VHS videos to the digital copies, then once you have identified the best 2 or 3 VHS transfer you can consider retransferring the VHS originals at the best possible quality in a supervised video session, one in which you can even be present.

Isn't a digital copy the best possible version of a VHS videotape transfer to digital already? No. Both the beauty and the flaw of any analog format is that any Analog / VHS Videotape format could have both the sound and video signals dramatically improved during the actual playback and transfer to digital, if the right equipment and expertise was used by a Video Transfer Expert.

Most amateur video was shot in real life situations. Shooting into backlight, such as a window in the background can adversely affect the color and contrast of the image. The camera person speaks to someone, then the person they spoke to responds, the Sound Level and Sound Equalization of both people speaking can be significantly different. The person behind the camera may sound loud, but muffled, the person in the distance may not be loud enough.

While these audio and video adjustments can be made in the digital world, getting the optimum quality while doing the original transfer from a VHS Videotape to a digital format will simply allow for even more digital enhancements to occur in the digital realm if one wants them. Once you know what is on your videotape master  by reviewing the digital video or digital file copy, booking a session for your favorite couple of videotapes is something you should be contemplating. 



Contact Alessandro Machi at vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a session in his amazing Analog to Digital Studio. Alessandro's Studio Credits include over 25 IMDB credits and a Los Angeles Emmy. He is also currently ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. Mr. Machi also won the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Award in the Commercials Category many moons ago.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

VHS and SVHS videotape machines, learn how to monitor what is on your tape.

All VHS and SVHS videotape machines are not the same. The ability to monitor as you playback your VHS, SVHS videotapes is essential to understanding what is on your VHS tape. 

Monitoring examples include do you have an earphone jack, what about a HiFi indicator light that lights up when a videotape you are playing back was recorded with HIFI? Can you toggle/monitor back and forth between the HIFI audio and the mono or linear audio? Are there LED's that light up to show you how much audio level there actually is on either HIFI or linear audio track?

Is there a manual tracking option? Manual tracking may reveal if there is a high track or not, assuming of course the Videotape player plays back HIFI.

What about audio output controls? Can you choose which specific output you want to use? Can you switch between HIFI and mono/linear audio? Are there headphone jacks so you can listen to the difference in quality between the HIFI and linear tracks? If your VHS machine has no HIFI playback, you won't be able to tell if your VHS videotape has HIFI on it.

Then there is Time Base Stabilization and Time Base Correction. Think of Time Base Stabilization (TBS) and Time Base Correction (TBC) as a VHS rug that needs to be lifted, shaken clean, and then put back on the ground in smooth fashion so as to take out the ripples. 

You may be able to run your VHS or SVHS tape through another piece of equipment to "stabilize" it, but then you should also have a Standard Def television monitor with cross pulse and underscan options. Televisions capable of Cross Pulse and Underscan options allow you the opportunity to determine if your Video image has been time time base stabilized, or not.

Don't be discouraged. In the event you just want to transfer your footage to a DVD or to a digital file, just be aware that what you think is the final step in your re archiving of family video memories may actually only be the first step. Read this blog article to understand why.



Contact Alessandro Machi at vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a session in his amazing Analog to Digital Studio. Alessandro's Studio Credits include over 25 IMDB credits and a Los Angeles Emmy. He is also currently ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. Mr. Machi also won the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Award in the Commercials Category many moons ago.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Six hour, EP play VHS tapes can have their quality dramatically improved during the Transfer to Digital Process.

Back in the 90's some specialized VHS and SVHS equipment was made that could make six hour VHS and SVHS recordings look remarkably good. The key was the video head would ignore the HI-Fi audio and the larger sized video head was able to get a better signal to noise ratio on the picture only.

The bad news is the linear audio on a six hour tape is poor.  However, the specialized 6 hour VHS, SVHS machines usually had a dolby option. The dolby option definitely reduced the hiss one would hear, but additional sound equalization was needed to subtly bring back the mid's and highs without reintroducing the hiss.

One could literally spend 10 to 30 hours transferring a six hour speed recorded tape if the project required going back  and doing a second pass on another machine that could playback the six hour tape's hi-fi audio track while doing a poor job on the video image.

The result would be, one transfer would have a relatively spectacular looking six hour image with a relatively average sound track, while the second transfer could have spectacular sounding hi audio and really bad image quality.

One wonders how many videos out there that were recorded in the six hour VHS or SVHS mode and then transferred to digital sacrificed either the audio or the picture quality. It would not surprise me if 99 times out of 100 time the Six hour recorded tape was unknowingly transferred with no knowledge that the picture quality could be dramatically improved and that it would take a second pass in instances where hi-fi audio had been recorded as well.

Contact Alessandro Machi at vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a session in his amazing Analog to Digital Studio. Alessandro's Studio Credits include over 25 IMDB credits and a Los Angeles Emmy. He is also currently ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. Mr. Machi also won the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Award in the Commercials Category many moons ago.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Do it Yourself VHS Transfer to DVD, should I hold onto the VHS tapes afterwards, Yes!

In the event you have already done a "Do it Yourself VHS to DVD transfer" or plan to, I strongly recommend keeping the original VHS tapes for several reasons.

Besides making sure the VHS machine is in good shape, which may mean a trip to someone who knows how to clean the VHS machine and evaluate it to make sure it does not damage your VHS videotapes when you play them, identically labeling your DVD's so they match the labeling on the VHS essential.

The other danger in playing the tapes back yourself is VHS tapes are old and they could be coming apart while being played and you may not even know it. 

However, if you have already made a copy of your VHS tapes to DVD or in the digital domain, you can now view your videos digitally. You watch the digital version of your vhs tapes and you rate them in terms of importance.

I strongly recommend cataloguing one vhs tape per one dvd or one SD memory card. Please remember DVD is not an ideal editing nor archival format so if that is all that you made from the VHS you may want to consider doing additional transfer work at a later date from the original DVD or at the very least making a digital back up from the digital work that was already made.

If any of your VHS tapes that you have transferred to DVD or digital have a magical or sentimental quality to them, then you should consider retransferring those VHS tapes in a professional studio. The cost can be hundreds of dollars and you can even be there to supervise the session. The reason one would do this is there are an array of adjustments that can be made to the original VHS tape while it is being played and transferred to digital that can improve the quality of the VHS tape so much that any digital software used to then improve the picture once it is on a digital forma may actually have a better signal to noise ratio to work with.


Contact Alessandro Machi at vhs at AlessandroMachi.com if you want to book a session in his amazing Analog to Digital Studio. Alessandro's Studio Credits include over 25 IMDB credits and a Los Angeles Emmy. He is also currently ranked top 25 out of 20,000 Lifetime Tongal Ideationists. Mr. Machi also won the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship Award in the Commercials Category many moons ago.