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Convert VHS tapes to digital files and preserve precious memories before they are stolen by time.

The producers of the Netflix Documentary Lucy and Desi needed the family VHS video tape archive converted to digital. They came to Legacy Digital Productions.

Your VHS tapes are losing their image quality

Your home videos are deteriorating, whether you’re aware of it or not. From the moment they were recorded, your tapes have been slowly degrading. VHS tapes are particularly susceptible to this process, decaying faster than most other analog media formats.

Each playback causes wear and stretching, especially in extended play tapes. This stretching distorts the images, making them different from their original quality. Even when not in use, tapes continue to degrade. Improper storage conditions, such as non-temperature controlled environments, garages, or attics, accelerate this process.

Unlike photos, slides, or film, video tapes have a shorter lifespan. Their bulky nature often leads to inadequate storage, further shortening their durability. Frequent playback exacerbates the issue, causing the tapes to stretch and lose clarity over time.

Is it too late to convert your VHS tapes?

Sometimes.  But not always.  Legacy Digital can inspect them and let you know! 

If you send your VHS video tapes we will look them over and check them for issues.  We won’t skip video tapes that can be converted and we also won’t covert tapes that shouldn’t be converted.  We won’t run good tapes through dirty machines that cause damage to them.  We also won’t deliver grainy and unwatchable or even blank video files, Legacy Digital will actually view your video tapes before converting them. 

You’ll never pay for tapes that we can’t convert.  We also won’t charge you for commercial movies or copyrighted material that we can’t legally convert.  

How to select the right company to convert your tapes to digital files

Choosing the right company to digitize your video tapes can be challenging.  You’ll find hundreds of companies to choose from online and each use their own method to convert your tapes.

Of all these, there are only a handful or so throughout the entire US that we would feel comfortable recommending.

Please avoid at all costs the big box companies.  You’ll see them advertising “easy to order” boxes where you pre-pay for X number of videotapes at rock bottom prices.  Unfortuantely we know that they can’t possibly do a good job converting your VHS tapes for you at these prices, not inside the US at least. So they forgoe quality for price.  

Avoid "Big Box" companies and others offering low prices for video tape conversion

  1. They have a history of skipping tapes that are convertible.
  2. The image quality of your transfer may not represent the actual quality of the actual video footage due to them being converted on poorly maintained video players with clogged or dirty read heads.
  3. Your video tapes could be damaged by being played in poorly maintained machines.
  4. You may get back videos that are so low quality you may not want to share them, or worse, you could pay for blank video files. blank video files.
  5. May companies including the big box companies and the other “toss your stuff into our premade box” types often send your video tapes overseas for processing to keep costs low.  This results in a lack of control, mishandling of your media, and even loss during bulk international shipping.
  6. Time-based correction is unavailable by default or offered for an additional fee.
  7. You end up paying more to have the work redone properly. (We often handle such cases and are happy to help, but we regret that customers didn’t hear this warning beforehand.)

What you get with Legacy DIgital:  Our promise to you!

  1. Legacy Digital will only convert videostapes that make sense to convert
  2. Legacy Digital’s expert technicians monitor all video tape conversions while the videotapes are being processed.
  3. Legacy Digital monitors video tape conversions.  We will provide you with only a 15 minute video file if your tape has just 15 minutes of content.
  4. Legacy Digital will expertly convert your tapes at the highest resolution possible.
  5. Legacy Digital will not overly compress the digital files after converting your videotapes to fit more files on smaller drives or in the cloud.
  6. Legacy Digital includes time-based corrections at no additional cost when converting VHS ad VHS-C videotapes.
  7. Legacy Digital will never charge you for work that we don’t do.  Even if you send us 100 video tapes and only 16 make sense to convert, you will only pay for the video tapes we convert.
  8. Legacy Digital will do it right.  You will not have to pay another company to redo the work we do.
  9. We offer a 100% Satisfaction guarantee.  If you aren’t satisfied with the work we do, we’ll keep working on it until you are.

Legacy Digital will go the extra mile for you! 

Sometimes we get videotapes that are broken or twisted.  If they are salvagable, we’ll actually work to recover the tape so that it can be converted.  We’re not always successful but we try.  We don’t know of anyone else in the industry who does this, but we’re sure some of the more reputable companies do.  We do this because we know how important your old memories are to you.

Start a quote at any time or order and send all your tapes in.  

Or call us and at the number above and we’ll walk through what you have to help you figure out which tapes to send in. 

Just know, when you choose Legacy Digital for your video tape conversion, you can feel confident that you are making choice.

How much does it cost to convert VHS video tapes to digital?

Our pricing is fair and shared below.  And if you’ve read enough and want to get an estimate you can use our Free Estimate Tool to get an immediate quote or get your order started.

Cost to Convert Video Tapes to Digital

Starting at just $19.95 per Tape

At Legacy Digital, our video tape conversion service expertly transforms your VHS, Super VHS, Compact VHS (VHS-C), 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8 and DVCAM into high-quality digital files or DVDs. Time-based correction is included with VHS and VHS-C tapes where others charge additional fees.  Using professional-grade VCRs and capture devices, we digitize each tape, maintaining the integrity and quality of your existing recordings, sometimes with improvement. Our process includes monitoring and adjusting for the best possible audio and video quality, sometimes requiring two or three reruns just to ensure the best possible output. 

SALE: Starting at just $19.95 per tape

We convert video tapes using a lower compression rate than other companies. This results in larger file sizes while preserving details and clarity with less image loss. The resulting digital files are provided in formats such as MP4, or DVD ensuring compatibility with modern devices. We can also supply backup copies to safeguard your valuable memories for years to come.

With Legacy Digital, if you have a 4 or 6 hour tape, but there is only 90 minutes of content, you’ll only pay $19.95.

Running Time (Up to) egular Price Sale Price
0-2 Hours $28.50 $19.95
2-4 Hours $57.00 $39.90
4-6 Hours $85.50 $59.85
Converting video tapes to digital format, Legacy Digital Productions

Of course you convert VHS tapes. What other types of tapes do you convert?

We digitize videotapes and we will convert your VHS, Super VHS, Compact VHS, VHS-C, 8 mm, Hi8, Digital 8, MiniDV, Betamax and DVCAM to digital files using our professional-grade recording equipment. We typically convert videotapes to low-compression digital files in MP4 or MOV format for the best quality image.  All media is typically delivered on thumb drives or hard drives, and can be stored in the cloud as well for easy sharing.  We also convert tapes to playable DVD using only professional grade gold archival DVD disks which last longer.  When it comes to converting old videotapes to digital, we’ve got you covered.

Converting VHS Tapes

Some companies advertise extremely low prices for video tape conversion. But did you know if a tape is worn out, won’t run, or contains copyrighted material, you will still pay for each and every tape?  

These companies will sometimes deliver grainy distorted video files and even sometimes files with no video content on them at all.  Why?  Because they don’t actually monitor the tapes to make sure the transfer went smoothly – and they can’t for the prices they charge. 

With Legacy Digital you won’t receive digital files that are unviable due to the tapes being too worn out to recover the video from.  You won’t receive a 90 minute video file with only 5 minutes of actual video.  You won’t pay for tapes that we can’t run because they are damaged.  And if they are damaged, we won’t discard them, in fact sometimes we’ll actually try to repair them to preserve your prescious memories.

 We actually put the time and resources into monitoring the video conversions.

With Legacy Digital, you only pay for the tapes we are able to convert and you won’t pay for what we can’t.

    Only pay for:

  • Actual video tapes converted

    Never get or pay for:

  • Video tapes that are damaged, worn out, blank, or simply can't be converted
  • Video tapes that contain TV shows, commercials or other copyrighted materials
  • Blank or half-blank video files

Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

“We are not finished until you love it. We will do everything within our technological capabilities using our state-of-the-art equipment to create the highest quality video and image captures possible. With that said, there is only so much that we can do with some older and heavily degraded media. We can assure you though, we will give you as good or better product than anyone else in the marketplace…And if someone else can produce a visibly better product, one which is noticeably more colorful and clear, we will refund your money.
– Scott Foster, Founder

Legacy Digital - Trusted By:

Along with executives and professionals from: CBS, ABC, Universal, Disney Animation, Paramount, Sony, Redbox, Audiohead (sound engineers of Star Trek Into Darkness), Lightstorm Entertainment (makers of Avatar), Atlas Entertainment (makers of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and many more.

Legacy Digital did a fabulous job of getting our old family films and slides on dvd for my parents’ anniversary. The quality was amazing and my parents were so surprised. Scott was so helpful picking up and delivering our order saving us time and gas money and keeping our family treasures safe from the mail. I definitely would recommend them to anyone and in fact am calling them again to do all of our VHS tapes and camcorder tapes next.
Jennifer L. – Long Beach, CA

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Legacy Digital Productions is an independent entity and is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Netflix, Inc. or the “Lucy and Desi” documentary. Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc. All trademarks, service marks, and company names are the property of their respective owners. Any reference to Netflix or the “Lucy and Desi” documentary is for informational purposes only and does not imply any endorsement, sponsorship, or affiliation.  SUPER 8 is a registreed trademark of Super 8 Worldwide, Inc. Legacy Digital Productions provides video tape transfer service for video tapes that use the Super 8 format.

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