How Much Does It Cost to Convert VHS to DVD or Digital?

How Much Does It Cost to Convert VHS to DVD or Digital?

Average Cost to Digitize VHS Tapes

The cost to have VHS tapes professionally converted to DVDs or digital files can range from as low as $9 per tape to as high as $34.99 per tape, depending on the type of service you choose.

Many VHS conversion companies charge a flat rate per tape, no matter the quantity. This approach usually results in higher transfer costs overall. These same companies will also charge you based on the length of each videotape, which increases the cost to transfer even more. This is all before the hidden costs and fees are added on.

Here at Nostalgic Media, we offer transparent, quantity-based discount pricing for our VHS conversion services. Put simply, the more videotapes you have to convert, the more you save.

Cost to Convert VHS to DVD

If you are not interested in editing or downloading your VHS memories to digital devices such as phones, computers, or tablets, then our VHS to DVD service is what you are looking for.

Each VHS cassette will receive a separate archival-grade DVD rated to last for 100+ years.

The pricing chart below applies to standard format videotapes: VHS, VHS-C, MiniDV, and Hi8.

Add $15 for special formats: Betamax/Betacam, ¾ U-Matic, S-VHS, PAL/SECAM

 Tape Quantity Price (DVD Only)
1 $30
2-10 $16 each
11-20 $15 each
21-30 $14 each
31-40 $13 each
41-50 $12 each
51-74 $11 each
75-100 $10 each
101+ $9 each

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Cost to Convert VHS to Digital

The majority of our customers choose our VHS to digital service. In addition to archival-grade DVDs for each videocassette, you will also receive an MP4 video file of each tape.

MP4 digital files provide a more convenient and lasting way to digitally preserve your aging VHS tapes. They allow you to save your video files directly to your favorite modern digital devices.

The pricing chart below applies to standard format videotapes: VHS, VHS-C, MiniDV, and Hi8.

Add $15 for special formats: Betamax/Betacam, ¾ U-Matic, S-VHS, PAL/SECAM

 Tape Quantity Price (DVD + Digital)
1 $30
2-10 $20 each
11-20 $19 each
21-30 $18 each
31-40 $17 each
41-50 $16 each
51-74 $15 each
75-100 $14 each
101+ $13 each

MP4 files with fewer than 5 tapes will be delivered on a DVD data disc. Orders of 5 tapes or more will have MP4 files delivered on a single USB flash drive. Additional flash drives can be ordered starting at $15 each.

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Professional Video Transfer Services

Price is just one factor to consider when searching for a professional video transfer service

Let’s look at 5 of the most important factors to consider when searching for a VHS transfer service.

1. Experience

Experience matters, especially when it comes to handling irreplaceable family memories.

Nostalgic Media has 30+ years of professional experience in video production and photography services. 

How does this benefit you, the customer? It means that we have the necessary skills and expertise to safely and correctly preserve your family's VHS tapes before they fade away.

We guarantee our work. Our team of highly trained technicians knows what it takes to get the job done right the first time. If you aren’t satisfied with your completed order, then neither are we.

2. Proper Equipment 

Not every service will have the proper equipment needed to preserve your videotape collection.

While most will be able to handle standard format tapes such as VHS, VHS-C, MiniDV, or Hi8, some formats require specialized equipment that is no longer made and where spare parts have become scarce.

Nostalgic Media technicians perform routine maintenance on all of our transfer equipment to ensure the smoothest possible transfer of your videotapes to DVD and/or digital. 

We have the equipment needed to digitize tape formats that other labs cannot handle, such as Betamax/Betacam, ¾’ U-Matic, S-VHS, PAL, and DVCAM. Contact us for more information about our special format video transfer services.

3. Turnaround Time

Orders that take other labs 3-6 weeks (if you’re lucky) are done in an average time of 7 business days with Nostalgic Media, and we do it without sacrificing quality.

That level of service will cost you extra at the larger ‘fill-a-box’ companies. It’s simply standard for us.

4. Where the Work Is Done (in-house vs contract out)

Did you know that some video transfer companies actually contract their work out? Unfortunately, it’s true.

As if shipping your priceless VHS tapes wasn’t already nerve-wracking enough, some companies will ship them off again to an unknown-to-you location, significantly increasing the chances of your tapes being damaged or even lost in transport.

Safety is a top priority for us at Nostalgic Media. We do all work in-house at our secure facility in Atlanta, GA. Nothing ever leaves our lab, so you can rest easy knowing your memories are safe throughout the entire conversion process. 

5. Hidden Fees

Some companies make it difficult to know exactly how much a video conversion project will cost you upfront.

There are services that charge a fee based on the amount of footage on each videotape, for example, charging based on every 30 mins of video footage. If you do the math (and we have), the price for a 2-hour tape could cost you as much as $33 each!

Nostalgic Media has transparent, everyday low-pricing to fit all of your home movie conversion needs. If after viewing our VHS conversion pricing you still have questions, feel free to reach out and contact us at (404) 844-3840 or toll-free at (888) 612-2370.

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Converting your family’s VHS tapes to DVDs and/or digital files shouldn’t be complicated or cost-prohibitive. Nostalgic Media can help you safely and efficiently complete any size VHS conversion project you have without breaking the bank.

Don’t wait any longer to preserve your videotapes. It’s hard to hear, but VHS tapes degrade with time, so those tapes you recorded back in the 80s and 90s will not be as sharp today as they were back then. 

Leave the hard work to us. Contact us or start your order today and let us help you preserve your VHS cassettes before those priceless memories fade away!