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Act today to rescue and preserve your family memories while there's still time.
RetroMedia converts obsolete video tape formats into future-proof, easy-to-play digital video clips or DVDs.
The gift of memories. There's really not much in the world that is more precious. The one possession you'd probably brave a burning building for.
Retromedia can save those memories… Bring them back to life from the obsolete media where they are trapped. We can make it so easy for these memories to be enjoyed & shared with family & friends.
Videotape is not an archival medium, and has an expected lifespan of just ten to fifteen years. That lifespan can be shortened even further when tapes are not properly cared for.
But don't panic! We have the experience and the technology that have allowed us to rescue thousands of tapes that are well beyond this expected safe lifespan. We then preserve the memories for future generations - on modern, convenient digital media formats, such as future-proof Mp4 files on USB, or on DVDs.
Unsure what formats you have there? No problem! RetroMedia can digitise all domestic video tape & camcorder formats, from the 1980's onwards.
…and many more!
We can transfer the following formats:
VHS - PAL, NTSC, SECAM
VHS-C - PAL, NTSC, SECAM
Betamax - PAL & NTSC
Video 8 - PAL & NTSC
Hi 8 - PAL & NTSC
Digital 8 - PAL & NTSC
Mini-DV - PAL & NTSC
HDV 1080i - PAL & NTSC
DVCam (mini) - PAL & NTSC
Umatic (aka BVU) - PAL & NTSC
BetaCam - PAL & NTSC
BetaCam SP - PAL & NTSC
BetaCam SX - PAL & NTSC
DigiBeta - PAL & NTSC
Even just playing them can cause damage. Old VCRs or cameras can easily eat your tape. Dust, mould & cosmic rays all conspire together to degrade your memories.
Old VCRs and cameras are notorious for eating video tapes.
While we can repair most kinds of damage, some types can permanently ruin your tapes.
Most people decide it's not worth the risk to play valuable tapes in a VCR.
Our Brisbane lab is located at
249 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor. Qld. 4030
We're on the corner of Bowen St, with parking in Bowen St.
We are open 9-5 AEST Monday to Friday, and 9-2 Saturday.
Ph: (07) 3357 4807
SMS: 0448 855 056
While you're free to have your transfers done overseas if you choose to, some Australian services hide the fact that they are outsourcing - including to overseas.
We guarantee that all our listed services are performed fully in-house.
If we ever need to outsource a service we can't provide, we'll never do so without your knowledge, and never to outside of Australia.
All video tapes are pre-cleaned before transfer. This way we can be sure that they are looking their best when they are digitally preserved.
Included free with every transfer, tape cleaning ensures your tapes will be digitised looking their very best.
Our cleaning process can remove:
• grease & oils
• shedding oxide particles
Many others will advise you to throw away mouldy tapes. Don't listen to the naysayers! We can save 95% of mouldy tapes.
We offer special heavy duty cleaning processes which target:
• mould (mildew)
• mud & water damage
• insect/ant infestations & the mess they leave behind
We've been able to achieve amazing results for hundreds of clients who had feared the worse for their damaged tapes.
Worried your tape has broken? We can repair almost any video tape damage - even flood damage - and rescue the memories.
Repair charges will apply for tapes you bring in damaged, as well as for tapes that snap during rewinding.
But we will always seek your approval before doing anything that will affect your quoted price.
Specialty equipment like Time-base Correctors stabilise damaged tapes. We can also crop & adjust colour as we digitise.
The above screenshot shows picture distortion on interlaced video, in this case VHS. Wear or damage to recorded timecode pulses on the tape causes the VCR to improperly align the individual video "fields", giving these wobbly results.
Our time-base correctors can "reconstruct" damaged timecode to help the VCR to line up individual fields correctly.
Tapes don't always behave as they should. We have a range of pro decks of different brands so we can choose a good match for your tape.
Many tapes have blank or worthless footage. We digitally top & tail your videos deleting most black, blue & static footage.
We trim off most of the unwanted footage, but we leave a few seconds at the front & end of your video. This helps to set your mind at ease, demonstrating that we have indeed captured everything on your tape.
Blank sections within a video are usually not removed, but you can request an edit, and we'd be more than happy to help tidy things up.
Each tape is digitised at it's original full resolution.
A standard definition tape such as VHS or Hi8 will be transferred at 720 x 576 pixels.
A HD format, like HDV will be transferred at either 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) or 1080i (1920 x 1080 pixels) depending on it's original format.
In short, nothing we digitise will lose resolution in the transfer process - we guaranteed it!
We can transfer directly to Mp4 files or to AVI or MOV files if you prefer. And we can make DVDs.
Tired of hearing stories about DVDs that are 5-10 years old, and no longer playable, we were one of the first companies to act to caution people against DVD as a long term storage medium.
Admittedly poor quality media can be the culprit for most of these short lifespan failures. Backyard operators often buy the cheapest DVDs they can lay their hands on, and as in all things in life, you get what you pay for.
Disc rot is a phrase describing the tendency of CD or DVD or other optical discs to become unreadable due to physical or chemical deterioration. The causes of this effect vary from oxidation of the reflective layer, to physical scuffing and abrasion of disc surfaces or edges, including visible scratches, to other kinds of reactions with contaminants, to ultra-violet light damage and de-bonding of the adhesive used to adhere the layers of the disc together. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_rot
RetroMedia will no longer make DVDs, except as an extra add-on to having your memories supplied as future-proof mp4 H264 video files on USB.
Our advice if you have memories on DVDs only? Act now to have them transferred off DVD onto mp4... before its too late.
We can cut & polish out scratches, and that sometimes makes the difference. But time is very much running out on DVD as a medium.
Remember - you heard it here first.
And of course all of your original media will be returned to you with your digital versions at the end of the project.
Gather up your media and drop them it or ship it to us. You don't need to organise anything. We'll take care of everything.
RetroMedia will professionally convert your old videos to future-proof digital formats.
Experience the excitement of watching and sharing your memories anywhere, any time you like!