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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Inside VHS, the difference between HiFI and Linear Audio.

Having operated my own analog videotape editing studio for over 15 years I was required to learn about what I call the functional "technical" aspect of the various videotape formats that I worked with. In this article I will briefly explain the difference between HIFI VHS, Linear Stereo VHS, and Linear Mono VHS and the various tape speeds that can affect the Linear audio channels.

One of the most crucial evaluations that needs to be done when performing a VHS transfer of a VHS videotape to digital in a studio setting is the audio. The Studio Transfer Apecialist has to check both the High Channel, the Linear Audio Channels to see if they are stereo or mono, compare the audio levels between the HIFI and the linear, and listen to the audio levels to determine which set of audio tracks sounds better.

Normally the VHS HIFI (if the VHS Tape had HIFI recorded on it) will sound better. VHS HIFI is in the plus 90 signal to noise ratio, it's really good sound. However, if the manual tracking on the professional machine is not optimally aligned, the HIFI track can start to sound degraded, along with the picture as well. The HIFI audio was actually encoded within the picture part of VHS whereas the linear audio ran alongside the side of the videotape. The Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers has much more in depth technical explanations then what I am giving here in regards to sound.

I am going from my own experiences so its possible I am not 100% correct about the historical order of things but here goes. When VHS first came out audio was linear stereo. While linear stereo had allegedly lower specs than the next great VHS audio, HIFI, Linear Stereo audio was very crisp. The problem was when people recorded in the six hour mode versus the two hour mode the linear stereo audio was very hissy because the videotape speed was running at 1/3 the speed when compared to the 2 hour record mode. At some point Dolby technical was used to reduce the hiss from all linear audio. The VHS Videotape Recorder usually would proudly state that it had Dolby Audio.  

After Linear Stereo HIFI stereo audio was then released. Amazingly, many VHS recorded tapes may have both HIFI stereo and some form of linear audio as well. The linear audio could either be stereo audio, or it could be linear mono. The HIFI audio channels did not need Dolby, only the linear audio tracks did.

If the VHS tape only has mono linear audio, the VHS to Digital Transfer Specialist can also introduce Dolby from an actual professional VHS machine to reduce hiss while also performing a sound equalization adjustment to see if the hiss can be reduced without losing most of the highs. A really good VHS to Digital Studio will have a bypass EQ button so they can flick a switch back and forth between the dolby version with Sound EQ and the  non dolby version with Sound EQ to see which one sounds best.

The practice of being able to instantly flip back and forth between two types of audio adjustments and picture adjustments sets apart a high end VHS to Digital Transfer Studio from others. When some say that any VHS player that plays back your videotape will do when it comes to transferring to digital, that is only partially true. The VHS player may not have either Time Base Stabilization or Time Base Correction which creates a method for syncing the VHS video during the Transfer, and the VHS player may not select the optimal sound track from the VHS tape that it is playing.

There was also a four hour VHS speed mode which ended up being a videotape speed that was never supported in the professional VHS SVHS playback world. My studio can playback either 2 hour or 6 hour speed tapes at extremely high quality, but four hour speed recording is the lone wolf format that whatever is out machine wise can play four hour tapes back at about the same quality. If there was ever a machine that actually played back four hour speed with either Time Base Stabilization, or Time Base Correction, I never found out about it and I was looking back in the 90's for such a machine. 

The primary reason to use a high end studio for a four hour VHS tape is if there was no HIFI recording, only linear audio, and the client wants the audio to be optimized via sound equalization.

As you can see, simply doing a sound quality evaluation and improvement can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, or longer, depending on how long the recording is and if the sound recording parameters changed throughout the recording. The good news is if the videotape is relatively stable then its possible that only one sound evaluation and optimization is necessary. The bad news is if the VHS videotape has significant changes in audio quality throughout the entire tape the audio adjustments can easily take much longer than the picture adjustments.

If you have ever watched your home videos without sound, then turned the sound on, many times the sound adds another layer of intimacy and sentiment to the video. On the other hand, since most people can't afford to have each and every VHS video they own transferred in a supervised setting because of cost, sometimes it may be best to truly focus on a just a couple of tapes that matter the most to you for redoing the VHS transfer to digital in a studio setting.


Contact Alessandro Machi at vhs at Alexlogic.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 11, 2018

Should I throw away my VHS videotapes after I transfer them to Digital? NO!

Doing a low cost VHS to digital transfer can be an excellent first step for archiving your precious video memories, but  once on digital the VHS tapes should not be destroyed or thrown away.

If you have already transferred your VHS tapes to a digital format hopefully you still kept your VHS originals. The reason to keep your original VHS tapes is the following. Upon reviewing all the VHS to Digital transfer work that was done, you may find that a couple of your videos have special meaning or an emotional significance to you that rises above the rest of your VHS to Digital Transfers.  Those special videotapes deserve additional attention once the  10 or 20 dollar per tape transfer to digital has been performed.

Think of the low cost, high volume VHS transfer to Digital work that has already been done as if one were taking a physical with their doctor. There may be one or two things that require additional attention, just as there may be a couple of your prized videotapes that require a re-transfer in a supervised setting with a VHS to Digital Transfer.

Rather than spend hours upon hours reviewing the original VHS, review the digital transfers instead. Watch and listen to them. Any VHS transfer to Digital that you immensely enjoy and that means a lot to you can be retransferred at significantly higher quality in an actual VHS to Digital Edit suite when supervised and the video and audio levels are adjusted by an expert.

You may be wondering why not just go off the Digital version of the VHS tape and use that to improve the quality. Sure, some improvement can be done in the digital realm, but the real improvement in quality comes from re-transferring the VHS videotape in an actual Studio Session with a Transfer expert. Then the extra quality gives a digital program even more of an ability to improve the newly improved VHS to digital Transfer.

During the actual transfer from VHS to Digital process adjustments can be made for color level, hue, brightness, contrast, recentering of the picture, tracking adjustment to reduce graininess, 16 step Digital Noise Reduction, YC Delay.

Even the sound recording needs to analyzed.  Was the video recorded in Hi-FI, or was it recorded on Linear Audio only, or both. If the VHS audio was recorded on Hi-FI and Linear then both audio tracks have to be compared to each other to see which one sounds better.

Also, if the VHS recording was done in the six hour mode, then very specialized equipment can be used to improve the visual quality of the Image.

Everyone of these VHS adjustments improves the overall quality of the VHS picture as its being played back and re-recorded onto a digital format.

Those that claim that all improvements are done in the digital realm are only telling half the story. The better the quality during the actual transfer of VHS to Digital, the more information the digital software has to work with and therefore can do an even better job of improving the look of the image after it has been transferred to digital.


Contact Alessandro Machi at vhs at Alexlogic.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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Russ Bassett, a leader in all types of Media Storage, including Analog Videotape.

If you have the privilege of owning a Russ Bassett Media Storage Shelving Design such as a GemTrac, you may still have videotapes from the 80's and 90's that need to be transferred from the original video onto a digital video file. If you are looking for the best quality transfer from the Videotape Original, my Analog Videotape to Digital Studio may be exactly what you are looking for. 

You can also supervise your own videotape to digital transfer session in my studio. I am in the process of reconfiguring my videotape to transfer studio and when completed will post pictures here at alessandromachi.com

Alessandro Machi announces Videotape to Digital Transfer Studio Solution.


Monday, April 9, 2018

You might know someone with a precious VHS videotape that needs to be Digitally Retransferred.

Everyone probably knows someone with a videotape that is precious to that person. Most VHS videos were created in the 1980's and 1990's with a VHS camcorder, or they were copied from a Master tape and given out to a group, such as for parents who had children in a school performance or Recital. There were even high resolution Professional SVHS cameras that produced surprisingly good results as long as one used the right VHS, SVHS playback machine to view the image.

Discovering a VHS tape today that was from the distant past could be worth transferring to a digital format. The newly discovered VHS tape could be of a trip to Disneyland, a wedding video, a birthday party, a bat or bar mitvah, a communion, a demo tape, vacation tape, actual Super 8mm film home movies transferred to VHS, birthing videotape,  graduation, baby shower, surprise party, party given at work, retirement party, how to tape, memoirs tape,  corporate video, or a lovely remembrance of people having fun on a nice summer day.

Transfer experts nowadays may tell you that there is little difference in quality  between VHS machines that can play back a VHS tape because the real improvement in quality occurs after the VHS video tape is digitized. Sadly this is just not accurate. In the early 90's VHS and SVHS technology was developed that allowed for VHS and SVHS images to have up to 10 different adjustments made that enhanced the VHS, S-VHS image quality. These machines cost between $5,000 to $7,500 dollars back then!

Even if someone uses one of these expensive VHS and SVHS machines today to max out the quality of a VHS or SVHS videotape it actually takes a bit of time to master the various combinations of adjustments that can be made to both the video and the audio quality of a VHS or S-VHS videotape.

i have over 12 years of experience on these high quality machines and some of the adjustments I learned to make were not necessarily explained in the Instruction Manual for the machine.

If you are an archivist with a videotape archive at your disposal, or you had a vhs transfer to digital made and you are not happy with the quality or wonder if the quality could be improved over an older transfer, give my Studio and myself a shot to show you just how good your VHS or SVHS can really look.

Contact Alessandro Machi at vhs at Alexlogic.com if you want to book a session in his amazing Analog to Digital Studio.HS

Friday, April 6, 2018

Announcing the Amazing Analog VHS, SVHS Videotape to Digital Transfer and Archiving Studio.

If you have a VHS or SVHS videotape that means a lot to you I have reopened my Videotape to Digital Transfer Studio. I can transfer from multiple Analog Videotape Formats to a digital format and do it at the highest quality. You can even supervise your session if you either live or will be in Los Angeles.  

A three hour session costs 500 dollars and as an added incentive, if you do not feel the transfer is as good as I say it can be, you can stop the session within the first hour and get a 400 dollar refund. You simply take your tape with you and leave the work already done behind.  However, lets not dwell on what probably won't ever happen. 

My Analog Videotape studio produced two dozen IMDB credits and a Los Angeles Emmy and provided several career advancement opportunities through the camera and editing work done at my location by me.

This Analog to Digital Transfer is strictly for those who want a high quality transfer. You will probably be surprised at the ten adjustments that can be made to your VHS or S-VHS videotape before it hits the digital realm.

While many out there know how to take a bad looking VHS tape and "improve" the look once in the digital real, the fact remains that the better the quality VHS or S-VHS transfer to digital, the better the result will be.

The longer you wait to transfer your VHS footage to digital, the more likely the tape can become so fragile as to not be viewable anymore.

Email me at vhs at alexlogic.com if you have any questions.