Audio and Video transfers to CD and DVD | CD Makers, Sydney, Australia
VHS cassette - one of the many video formats that CD Makers can transfer.

VHS to DVD transfer

VHS tapes deteriorate with age perhaps worse than most other media.

If you have precious video recordings on VHS video tape, do not wait too long before having them transferred.

CD Makers uses 6 head VHS players with hi-fi audio capability to ensure that the very best quality is extracted from your tapes.

Transfer Options

  • VHS to premium-grade recordable DVD.
    • Convienient - plays on computers equipped with an optical drive and stand-alone DVD players.
  • VHS to archive-grade gold recordable DVD.
    • For precious recordings. Accelerated aging tests indicate that if these discs are handled and stored correctly, they will last for a hundred or more years.
  • VHS to MPEG-2 or DV-AVI file.
    • Recorded to USB flash memory or external USB hard disk drive.
    • Many hours of video can be compiled onto a single USB drive.
    • Many modern televisions will play an MPEG-2 or MP4 video file directly from a USB drive.
    • Video files from a USB drive can easily be copied using a computer.
    • Conversion to MP4 (H264) and Prores available.

VHS Specifications

CD Makers can transfer VHS tapes recorded with the following options:

  • TV system:
    • PAL (Australian) or NTSC (American)
  • Recording Speed:
    • Standard Play
    • Long Play
  • Audio:
    • Hi-fi Stereo
    • Linear Mono

CD Makers cannot transfer VHS tapes recorded using the French SECAM format.

Maximum Duration

VHS Cassette Recorded Speed Typical duration Number of DVDs required - good quality Number of DVDs required - best quality
E-180 Standard Play 3 hours 2 DVDs 3 DVDs
E-180 Long Play 6 hours 3 to 4 DVDs 6 to 7 DVDs
E-240 Standard Play 4 hours 2 to 3 DVDs 4 to 5 DVDs
E-240 Long Play 8 hours 4 to 5 DVDs 8 to 9 DVDs.

The maximum duration of a DVD encoded with good quality is 2 hours.
The maximum duration of a DVD encoded with best quality is 1 hour.

E-180 tapes are the most robust of the VHS tapes.
E-240 tapes use a thinner tape and are more fragile. Great care should be used when fast winding.
E-300 tapes are rare but occasionally seen. They use an even thinner tape than the E-240 and are extremely fragile. Fast winding should be avoided if possible.


Other pages relevant to VHS transfer:                                                            

Compiling and Editing

Fixing Squealing Tapes




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Australian copyright law prohibits commercially produced video tapes from being copied unless you have written permission of the copyright owner. The law that allows commercially produced music to be copied for personal use does not apply to video tapes.

Furthermore, most commercially produced VHS tapes are encoded with copy protection, and the law says it is an offence to circumvent copy protection.

CD Makers is very strict with copyright. For us to copy your audio or video, you or a member of your family must be the creator and the performer of the works that are recorded.

Otherwise you will need written permission from whoever owns the copyright.

Please view our Copyright information

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