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Your tapes or discs can be taken to Purvis Gallery & Framing, Ltd., 86 Pembroke St. East, downtown Pembroke, Ontario.  (The Gallery is not otherwise affiliated with my business.)
It is preferable that your tapes or cassettes are packed well and moved in a sturdy box.
Please include your email address and, optionally, your telephone number.
I can do video work during Spring and Summer but at that time of year it takes longer to finish the jobs.
The next available time when I can fully devote attention to your project:
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Your movies are delivered to my rural address within a couple of days.
I will be in contact with you throughout the process.  It may be with questions, suggestions, or just to provide a progress report.
I do one job at a time, so the time it takes to process your videos mainly depends on the amount of video and the condition of the tape or disc.
The VCR I use is especially good at reading old tape.  If the tape is mildly damaged, from being stretched or crumpled, the viewable frames will be kept and the rest cut out.
(These frames are not discarded; they're saved as a separate video file.)
Repairing broken video tape is a special job that's best referred to someone with a professional video tape repair kit.  At present I don't own one.
I use software for extracting video from mini-DVDs.  If the disc is damaged I also have software which attempts to rescue data from the disc.
(In the unlikely event there seems retrievable data that my software can't reach I'll suggest the disc be sent to a company with more powerful tools.)
Your tapes and discs are handled carefully.  Video tape cassettes are wound once forward and back in my VCR to give the tape proper tension during transfer.
If there is trouble with the condition of the tape, it will show up at that point, before work begins.
Otherwise your original tape cassettes and discs are returned unchanged.
(I use good-quality hardware for playing video cassettes but there's no absolute guarantee that the tape will never break or mangle.  If sections of the tape had previously been crumpled this may happen again while I'm playing it.)
No.  When I tried to work with 8mm Tape, because of its age too often the tape was broken or stuck together, and I didn't have the tools to safely unwrap and rejoin it.
Before sending your small video tape cassettes please be sure they are VHS-C (mini-VHS) and not 8mm tape which are similar in size.  I can process the mini-VHS type but not the 8mm cassette tape.
Not large jobs.  One or two reels are the most I can commit to.
Perhaps sometime in the future I can open up to bigger jobs but currently the process takes more time than I can afford to give the work.
Sometimes a home movie tape or disc has also been used to record from television.
Sometimes, too, there is previously-recorded footage now partially recorded-over.
These extra video segments are saved as files and bundled together in a separate folder for you to review and keep or discard as you wish.
Overall every single good frame of video is saved.  You can view this 'extra' video and decide if there's anything you want to keep from it.
I will not only clean selected television show(s) of commercial advertising, I will save individual adverts for you, as well.
(Extra work may cost a few extra days to do, but you still donate whatever amount of money you can, at the end.)
The files are in mpeg2 format—the type that can be burned directly to playable DVD.
(Digital Video Discs can also be used for storing data, in the same way it's stored on a computer hard drive, so "playable DVD" refers to the sort used in DVD players.)
Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes of video in mpeg2 format fits onto a single-sided DVD.
Approximately 1 hour of mpeg2 video requires 2GB (gigabytes) of storage space.
e.g., If all the video from a six-hour video tape were put to DVD in mpeg2 format then at least three Discs would be needed.
There are free software programmes on the Internet which can compress these files to smaller sizes.  This is convenient if you're storing them on computer or sending a file by email.
If there's a chance you will want to make more playable DVDs then a copy of those mpeg2 files should be preserved.
Keep at least two full sets of your video files in a way that assures they won't be accidentally deleted.
Your computer can mark digital files "read-only" to ensure they're not altered.  One copy should be protected this way.
If you don't use a computer it's still a good idea to keep one set of the video files on a storage device which a computer can access.
You can choose to have two sets of playable DVDs made; one as a safety backup copy.
Additionally, I will hold a full copy of your project for sixty days or ninety days, or even longer if you ask.  At the end of this safety period I will check with you before finally deleting your videos in my care.
When your project is finished, and the full size of the files is known, we can determine your best options for file storage.  If you need more storage space I can help you find it.
Only myself.  I neither show your video to, nor discuss any details about it with, anyone but yourself.
If you wish for me to discuss the work with a third party I should be notified of this ahead of that person's contacting me.
Likewise I cannot take orders concerning your Project from a third party without your explicit consent.
Once your keepsake videos get stranded in a box because the machines that once played them are now obsolete, they could stay there a long time, while budget constraints favour other necessities.
The old tapes get older and worse over time.  Those movies need rescuing.
So that such important and irreplaceable mementos aren't lost, my working for donations ensures that you get the job you need done, for the price you can afford.
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