Transferring old video and audio tapes to MPEG-4, MP4, MP3 files for the internet or onto a USB flash drive.

On video cassettes, important moments from the past are often preserved: weddings, vacations, family celebrations, and equally valuable everyday moments. Unfortunately, most of us have gotten rid of VCRs, so there’s often no way to relive those memories. We offer cassette digitization into the standard digital format MPEG-4 / MP4, which allows easy playback on modern audiovisual devices, archiving, and sharing memories with family and friends.

We also digitize audio cassettes with music or private archival recordings.

To have your cassette digitized, please deliver it to our office in Warsaw, at 4 Jaktorowska Street, service unit number 2, either in person, via courier, InPost parcel locker, or regular mail. The digitization process happens in real-time — it takes as long as the material on the cassettes, plus the time to transfer it to a digital medium, usually within 1 day.

We recommend transferring the material to a hard drive or USB flash drive (1 hour of standard video recording is approximately 2 GB of memory). If you don’t have your own storage device, you can purchase one on-site.

There’s also an option to improve the quality of old recordings. We can enhance the resolution of the old video signal to contemporary HD (1280x720px) or Full HD (1920x1080px). For more demanding clients, we offer individual digital processing using professional AI-based software!

We provide competitive turnaround times (usually 1 day) and reasonable prices. The more cassettes you have, the lower the price per unit.

Copying a standard VHS cassette to MPEG-4 file
Historically, VHS is the oldest type of video cassette. The VHS system was developed by JVC in 1976 and eventually gained immense popularity. It is the most common type of video cassette that we used to record on. However, the image quality is very low by today’s standards. The recording on magnetic tape is, of course, analog. There is a possibility to improve the recording quality.
Transferring S-VHS video cassette to MPEG-4 file
This is a more modern version of the VHS format, offering better image and sound quality, introduced to the market in 1987. The improvement in quality was significant enough that S-VHS cameras were used in TV during the 1990s. Another advantage of this system was that it could play regular VHS tapes. However, the system did not become widespread due to the considerably higher cost of S-VHS cameras and VCRs.
Dubbing a small VHS-C tape to an MP4 file
A small VHS-C video cassette was created in response to the need for reducing the dimensions of VHS video cameras. Super VHS-C cameras were also developed. The advantage of these cassettes was that after inserting them into a so-called “mother cassette,” they could be played back on a stationary VHS or S-VHS VCR. However, their drawback was the shorter recording time compared to standard large VHS cassettes.
Transferring a Video 8 cassette to MPEG-4 file
The Video8 recording system, primarily supported and developed by Sony, emerged in the late 1980s. Designed for lightweight, portable cameras with built-in VCRs (commonly known as “camcorders”), the Video8 system gained popularity in the consumer market due to its compact camera size and relatively good audio and video recording quality. The signal recorded on the tape is, of course, analog.
Transferring a small Hi8 cassette to USB pendrive
Hi8, also known as High 8 mm, is an analog audio-video recording standard introduced by Sony in 1989. It offers enhanced resolution compared to the Video8 format. Hi8 tapes allow recording both video and sound on the same cassettes as Video8. Another advantage was the ability to play Video8 tapes on newer Hi8 cameras and VCRs. These features contributed to its popularity in the market.
Transferring your Digital8 cassette to an MP4 / MPEG-4 file
The Digital8 format, an extension of the analog Hi8 tape system, was introduced as an upgrade. It allowed recording on the same cassettes used by the earlier Video8 and Hi8 systems. Some camera models even supported playback of tapes recorded in the older Video8 or Hi8 formats. In Digital8, the recording on the cassette became fully digital, representing a significant leap in quality. However, the resolution remained at standard definition (SD), which is 720x576 pixels with interlacing.
Transferring miniDV cassette to USB pendrive
The miniDV standard was introduced by Sony in 1995. miniDV cassettes are very small, which significantly reduced the size of video cameras recording in the DV (Digital Video) standard. The recording on magnetic tape is digital, similar to the competing Digital 8 system, ensuring good recording quality but still in SD resolution.
Transferring a small HDV cassette to MPEG-4
The High Definition Television (HDTV) video format on a DV cassette made its debut in 2003. On these small miniDV cassettes, you could already record images in contemporary 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1280 × 720 (progressive, i.e., 720p). The image quality recorded on the video tape is comparable to the modern digital TV broadcast signal.
Transferring cassette tape, audio cassette to MP3 file
A cassette tape was used for recording music, radio broadcasts, memories, and children’s stories on magnetic tape. The standard for cassette tapes was developed by Philips in 1963, and it gained popularity in Poland during the 1980s and 1990s . The tape itself contains a magnetic strip that moves across playback heads in cassette players or walkmans, allowing the sound to be read and played back.