Three Camcorder Video Tapes


All VHS and camcorder tapes use magnetic tape to record an analog signal. Magnetic tape is comprised of an acetate base coated with a polymer binder. The binder contains the magnetic particles that store the video information. During playback the binder layer comes into direct contact with the heads of the playback device and is responsible for signal quality. However over time the binder layer of magnetic tapes begin to suffer chemical degradation, resulting in severe image distortion and permanent information loss.

Videotapes deteriorate faster than any other storage medium. Videotapes are not suitable for long-term storage of data. According to industry experts magnetic media can deteriorate to an unplayable condition in as little as three years. Video tapes have a shorter shelf life than almost any other medium.

Luckily, you can convert your video tape to digital format and stop the natural deterioration. Unlike magnetic analog tape, digital files do not degrade over time. At Icehouse Pictures we specialize in preserving your memories digitally on DVD. Transferring your video tapes to digital is a permanent way to preserve and protect your memories for future generations. The sooner you transfer your videos to DVD the better chance you have of preserving them.

Preserving your home movies is a critical task, because no one wants to lose their irreplaceable memories of loved ones. At Icehouse Pictures we have understand the importance of preserving your irreplaceable memories. We have helped thousands of families transfer their videotapes to digital format. There is no time like the present to protect the past, contact Icehouse Pictures today!

Film Conversion from 8mm Movie Camera


Home movies represent a slice of everyday life and play a significant role in our family history. Memories captured on film reels and videotape documented the earliest and most significant moments in our lives. They created invaluable viewing footage for families that could be passed down for generations as heirlooms.

However these precious home movies are now in danger. Film and video are are incredibly susceptible to damage from natural elements. The passage of time can degrade and eventually destroy our beloved home movies. In order to guarantee that you’ll be able to view your movies in the future, you’ll need to have a movie conversion.

Now is the time to preserve your home movies by transferring them to to a digital format. Once you digitize your home movies, your memories will be safe and accessible for future generations.

Icehouse Pictures is a industry leader in providing digital movie conversions. Through the years we have helped thousands of families preserve their memories. We can safeguard the special moments from your home movies by converting your 8mm film and videotape to a digital format on DVD or as digital files on a USB Flash Drive. If your ready for a home movie conversion please visit us in Plymouth, Massachusetts today.

Video Conversion to DVD


Everyone has a collection of VHS tapes chronicling family vacations, birthdays, weddings, graduations and holidays. VHS was the primary format for home media entertainment for over a decade. By the mid 1990s, 84 percent of U.S. households owned at least one VCR. The VHS tape was the gold standard for recording home movies.

In 1996 Toshiba introduced the optical disc which offered higher video quality then its predecessor. The introduction of the DVD (digital video disc) soon marked the decline of the VHS videotape. The DVD easily replaced VHS tapes because of its ability to reproduce higher resolution images and digital quality sound. It also featured video interactive capabilities like disc menus and chapter searches. As a result, the television and camcorder market quickly transitioned to digital video. DVD quickly became the preferred medium for recording.

However, many videotape users still held onto their old VHS tapes assuming that they would last indefinitely. Unfortunately that’s not the case, over time the components of magnetic video tape degrade. Exposure to heat and moisture over time cause decaying magnetic particles. Unless videotapes are transferred to digital format, their video and audio will fade away and eventually be irretrievable.

A DVD won’t degrade over time and has a lifespan of more than 50 years. So don’t wait any longer and archive your VHS collection onto DVD before your memories become nothing more than a screen full of static.

Please visit Icehouse Pictures in Plymouth, Massachusetts to discuss your VHS to DVD project with a video conversion specialist!

Video Duplication from VHS Camcorder


Video duplication is not only a great way to organize all your home movies but it also prevents further deterioration. You can take comfort in knowing that your preserving your family history for future generations. However there are a growing number of companies offering video duplication services. Finding a reputable company to preserve your irreplaceable videos can be a monumental challenge.

Every video transfer service on the web claims they are the best but knowing what to look for can mean the difference between a high-quality video duplication and a low-grade conversion that you will need to have redone.  Typically a low price price equals a low-quality conversion. National chain retailers keep there prices low by shipping your home movies to India. Where they use outdated video equipment operated by inexperienced employees. Outsourcing them also increases the chance of loss and makes it much more difficult to maintain good-quality control.

Your videos represent a lifetime of memories so its important to choose the right company when preserving them. At Icehouse Pictures we have over thirty years of experience in film and video production. We are one of the most experienced and trusted sources for media conversion. All our video and film conversions are processed right here in our studio in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We never outsource your priceless memories to another company or ship them overseas. For more information on video duplication please contact the top video and film preservationists in Massachusetts.

Home Move Conversion to DVD


A home movie conversion to DVD transforms your older film and video onto a modern digital format that can be easily viewed using today’s technology. It extends the life of your home movies and allows you to share the footage with your family and friends.

A DVD is simply one of the best digital media formats you will find to preserve your past. The average life-span of a DVD is 50 years. Most people have their movies transferred once in their lifetime so it’s important to use the highest-grade media. That is why we use high-quality archival discs to ensure that your home movies will be preserved for years to come. Additionally, each conversion to DVD includes a fully personalized DVD cover. A custom interactive DVD menu complete with images and music. Along with a personalized chapter markers that allow you to easily navigate from one clip to the next.

We use the highest quality video and film conversion equipment in the world. Locally owned and operated with more over two decades of conversion experience. Our many years of experience results in the best possible conversion. We take great pride in providing quality service and exceptional customer care. For more information on a conversion to DVD please visit us today.

Movie Transfer from Camera


The cost of a home movie transfer to digital varies greatly from one company to the next. However there is a significant difference in the level of quality between them. Unfortunately most home movie transfer services don’t reveal much about their equipment or transfer method. Which makes it difficult to know what you’re actually getting. So it’s extremely important to do your research and ask lots of questions. Start by looking for a local, reputable company in your area.

Use a local company instead of an online mail-in service to ensure your movies won’t get lost or damaged in transit. However be aware that there are still some local companies that outsource production to another location. The big box retailers aren’t the only ones who outsource their work. Some local companies cleverly disguise unaffiliated retailers as “Certified Partners” when in fact they are just merely a drop-off location. The drop-off location employees who handle your irreplaceable movies have zero film and production experience. Your movies will sit unattended for days until they eventually transported to the company’s main location. Thus increasing the risk of your movies getting lost or damaged.

At Icehouse Pictures we have decades of movie transfer experience and never outsource or transport your property to another location. All transfer services are completed in our studio, which is conveniently located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. For more information on a movie transfer please contact us at 508-317-5404 or email us at

Video Conversion of Hi8 Videotapes


Not all video conversion companies were born equal. Many local and internet companies will claim they produce high-quality video conversions using state-of-the-art equipment. However they don’t actually disclose what type of equipment they use. Which means they are likely using cheap low-grade equipment.

At Icehouse Pictures we have nothing to hide, we use JVC HR-S9000 Series Prosumer Decks for all our video conversions. JVC’s high-end 9000 Series decks are the best in the industry. They feature video stabilization and noise reduction. We also use a time-base corrector which eliminates picture jitter and wavy distortions. Time Base Correction reduces playback errors in analog recordings. Above all, it clarifies the video signal and provides superb picture quality.

A quality video conversion requires quality equipment controlled by experienced technicians. That just isn’t something your going to find at a retail chain store that outsources their work.

Unlike our competitors who quickly produce video conversions in mass quantities for the lowest price possible, our focus is on quality not quantity. Icehouse Pictures in Plymouth, Massachusetts has decades of experience converting home movies captured on older formats such as VHS , VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, and Mini-DV into digitally remastered versions. If you would like more information on a video conversion please contact us.

Internal Components of Video Convert


To preserve your analog VHS tapes you will need to transfer the movies to digital format, where the quality won’t degrade. The process to digitize analog video involves the use of a digital video converter. A device that accepts the analog signal into the encoding hardware to convert the video into a digital format.

So how do you choose a reputable video conversion service? There are literally thousands of online and local companies that offer video conversions? Before you hire a company to transfer your videos your decision should be based upon three factors: the equipment they use, their experience and whether or not they outsource their work.

Some video transfer companies send your videotapes to other locations to have the transfer completed. Some will even send your videos overseas. As a result, inexperienced employees use outdated equipment to transfer your videos. Low prices means low-quality.

All our work is done on premises so your memories are safe and never leave our studio. We have decades of experience converting video to digital format using broadcast-quality video decks. We convert home movies captured on older formats such as VHS , VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, and Mini-DV to digital. For more information on a video converter please contact us today!

Securing Video to DVD


If you’re like most people, you probably have a number of old videotapes lying around your home. Unfortunately those analog tapes won’t last forever. Much like the memories contained on them, they will eventually fade away. With help from us, you can  transfer all your old home video to DVD and save your aging media from extinction.

All VHS and camcorder tapes use magnetic tape to record an analog signal. Magnetic tape consists of a magnetic pigment within a binder. Magnetic particles within the pigment store all the video information. Over time the binder loses its integrity and begins to degrade. Resulting in severe image distortion and permanent information loss.

Studies have shown that VHS and video tape quality can deteriorate to an unplayable condition in as little as ten years even under ideal conditions. Furthermore, quality is lost each and every time your video tape is played.

Those analog tapes you have laying around at home won’t last forever! Now is the time to have a video to DVD conversion stop the degradation process. Unlike magnetic tape, digital files do not degrade over time. At Icehouse Pictures we specialize in preserving your memories digitally on DVD. A DVD is a permanent way to guarantee a future for those irreplaceable memories. The sooner you transfer your video to DVD the better chance you have of preserving them. Contact us today!

Video to Digital Editing Keyboard


How do I convert video to digital?

We all have a boxful of memories recorded on videotape gathering dust in the basement. If your looking to fast-forward to the 21st century then this article is great place to start.

Analog devices have taken a back seat and the technological world has gone digital. Once your videos are digitized, you’ll be able to view, share, and edit that old footage with ease. If you want to keep your videotapes safe from the ravage of time, here’s how to preserve those memories forever.

Transferring VHS tapes to a computer requires expensive equipment. Firstly, you need to invest in a high-quality VCR to play your videotapes. The price of these units have drastically increased over the years. Avoid any used VCR’s on ebay under $100. The cheap price will become extremely apparent when trying to capture quality footage. The result will be muddy, dark colors with less detail. It’s best to pay the extra money and purchase a professional-grade VCR.

Next you will need a analog-to-digital converter. A handy device that connects your VCR to your computer via USB. It converts the analog signal from your VCR into digital data.

The most critical and costly investment is a time-base-corrector. A time-base-corrector is a device that corrects the video signal and image quality of the video tapes. A high-quality TBC will reduce on-screen image jitter and and provide a steady signal that prevents dropped video frames.

Finally you will need to invest in some decent capture software. The converter will make it so your computer can recognize the analog signals, capture software will allow you to capture them into digital video files. Once everything is installed, you’re ready to go.

The DIY method might sound good in theory however it is likely going take longer and be more expensive for you to convert your VHS tapes to digital on your own. By leaving your video digitizing to an experienced service provider like Icehouse Pictures, you can be sure that highest-quality conversion equipment and software is used. Contact us today for more information on video to digital.