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Image Hive is now offering home pick-up, curbside pick-up, and delivery to our customers.



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How we transfer your tapes, what you need to know...

Once we receive your tapes the first thing we do is create an invoice / work order form (which we e-mail to you).  We label your tapes with your invoice number and individual item number for each tape. Each tape with its case gets an individual, unique number. This helps us to track each tape in case it gets misplaced. With our system we have yet to lose any customers tape. Once labeling is done, your order goes to the  production room. We process all orders in-house on a first come first served basis. It normally takes us 5-7 business days to transfer your tapes, unless you have a large order or you paid for rush service. During the Christmas season or Mother’s Day our process times may be longer.

Transfer Any Consumer Tape To

DVD or Digital File 

$25 each Tape

Bring 3 or more Tapes – $25 – 10% off

Bring 10 or more Tapes – $25 – 20% off

Bring 30 or more Tapes – $25 – 40% off


Tape Enhancement: +$89

Tape Repair:  +$25

Both Disc & Digital File  +$6.99 extra

Extra DVD Copy: $3.99

Transfer Professional Tape (Beta, DVCAM, Mini DV HD, 3/4 inch, 1 inch): +$25 extra

What about broken tapes? In most cases we can repair...

What We Transfer

VHS / S-VHS: 187 x 102 x 25 mm. The Video Home System (VHS) was introduced in 1977. It is the most common consumer-level analog videocassette magnetic tape format. S-VHS, or Super VHS was introduced in 1987 and is backward compatible with VHS. It provides a much improved horizontal luminance resolution of 400 lines versus 250 for VHS.

Betamax: 156 x 96 x 25 mm. Betamax was introduced in 1975. Often called simply, Beta, it is a consumer-level analog videocassette magnetic tape recording format very similar in quality to VHS, which eventually outpaced, then eclipsed Betamax in consumer sales leading to the early abandonment of the format. 

VHS-C / S-VHS-C: 92 x 58 x 20 mm. Introduced in 1982, the C stands for compact, which is really the only difference between VHS-C and standard VHS. The tapes can be played on standard VHS or S-VHS machines using a cartridge adapter. S-VHS-C tapes are a compact version of S-VHS and play in an S-VHS player with the same adapter.

Video8 / Hi8 / Digital8: 95 x 62.5 x 15 mm. Three formats in one tape type. The first was Video8, introduced in 1985 and is an analog format similar to VHS, but with much-improved audio quality coupled with a very compact size. Hi8 (high-band video8), is a competitor to the S-VHS and S-VHS-C formats with an increased luminance of 400 lines. Finally, Digital8 utilized the same magnetic tape as Video8 and Hi8 to record a digital signal for even better performance.

MiniDV: 65 x 48 x 12 mm. These very small cassettes are also known as S-size. MiniDV cassettes are used for recording baseline DV, DVCAM, and HDV. Each tape holds about 13 GB for one hour of video.

Professional & PAL: We can also transfer a number of professional formats as well as foreign tapes recorded in PAL. Contact us to confirm what you have and we will give you a quote for your specific format.

How long do videotapes last? It depends, but videotapes generally begin...

Service Options

Tape To DVD: We’ll convert your tape directly to digital and put it onto a DVD that will play on a standard DVD player. Each tape will transfer to a single DVD unless content exceeds 2hrs, in which case any additional discs will be provided at no extra charge. If your PC has a DVD drive and playback software, you’ll also be able to watch on that machine. You will not be able to remove the media from the disc due to the way DVDs have to be authored.

Tape To Digital File: We’ll convert your tape directly to digital and put it onto a USB drive. Each tape will transfer to a single digital file. Digital files are easily uploaded to a computer and can be easily edited, shared via social media, and copied. Most TVs and media players that have USB ports will be able to play the files, but you should confirm with the manufacturer of your particular model if that capability is required.

Tape To DVD & Digital File: This popular option will provide the best of both worlds. You’ll get the convenience of DVD with the future-proofing and editing/sharing abilities of Digital Files. Highly recommended!

Why We’re The Best

Security: Because we do all work on-site in our Birmingham studio, you never have to wonder about the whereabouts of your precious memories. Your tapes do not leave the premises of our secure video lab from the time you drop them off to the time you pick them up. One person is responsible for the work from start to finish and if you have questions, you’ll be able to get answers via face-to-face interaction.

Customer Service: Our staff ensures every detail is addressed and all communication is done with honesty and respect. We strive to explain our processes with clarity and transparency in order to provide well-defined expectations. We always put the value of relationships with our clients ahead of the the business value of the services we provide.