PAL – Foreign Format

Costs for foreign formatted transfers starts at $40:

  • $40/tape for transfer to DVD or mpg4 digital files.

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Video Formats that we can transfer from VHS and VHSC tapes:

  •  NTSC –format used in the United States
  • PAL – format used in Europe (except for France), Australia
  • M-PAL –format used in Brazil, it will play on NTSC but it would be black and white
  • N-PAL – format used in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay but it should play on PAL and most Secam players
  • Secam – format used in France
  • MeSecam – stands for Middle Eastern Secam

We can also transfer 8mm video tapes and mini DV video tapes that are PAL formatted. The camera can play regular 8mm video tapes but can’t play Digital 8 video tapes. If you have other videotapes besides the VHS, VHSC or 8mm then we would need to use your foreign-formatted video camera in order to do the transfer.

Sometimes clients have purchased VHS tapes or DVD movies from other countries and didn’t realize that they won’t play in our American players. What’s up with that? These are likely PAL DVDs and we can transfer them to either NTSC (US format) DVDs or give you digital files that you can work with on your computer.

One might think that since the movie is spoken in English that there wouldn’t be any trouble to watch them in the United States. This is certainly not the case if the video is PAL formatted.

Other times clients have an NTSC (US formatted) videotape, DVD or digital file that they want to save as a PAL (foreign) formatted DVD. Leave A Legacy can do that too! We convert the NTSC video (be it a VHS, VHSC, 8mm, miniDV, you name it) into a PAL-formatted DVD that will play in foreign countries.

The quality of foreign formatted VHS’s are degrading with every passing year. Dust, heat, and moisture all play a part in the continual degrading quality of your treasured foreign formatted VHS tapes. Now is the time to transfer your VHS to DVD and preserve your precious memories for years to come. Our foreign-formatted VHS transfer service has been trusted by professionals and local customers for over 10 years. Our in-house staff has handled a lot of foreign formatted VHS to DVD transfers so you can be sure that we will take care of your tapes. If they break during transfer….we fix them. All of our foreign formatted VHS to DVD transfers are done in-house, so we don’t send your tape to an outsourcing company.

Leave A Legacy sets itself apart by not only allowing you to edit your video in studio but also can give you the raw files so that you can edit it with video editing software on your home computer. The possibilities of what can be done with your digital video files are nearly endless. Common edits that we do are removing undesirable little clips from family videos (inappropriate jokes or behavior, extended shots of the carpeting or undesirable people), isolating important segments, lightening, color correction, and titles.

When you come in to do edits one of our team members can sit with you to do the edits or you can do the edits yourself if you feel comfortable with our computer software. When the edits are complete to your satisfaction we can either burn a disk for you or export a finished file for viewing on your computer or for saving up on the cloud.

Want help with deciding whether to get DVDs or digital files or why we like to save digital files to external hard drives rather than flash drives then check out this article.
If your foreign formatted video tape is broken, Leave A Legacy is here to repair the foreign formatted VHS tape or 8mm video tape and then transfer it to DVD or digital files so that you can enjoy your precious memories over and over again.

Extra copies of your disk not only allow you to share your memories with other family members but also to have a backup copy of your memories in a second location to protect them from disaster.

Every project is unique. Use the form below to get started or call us at (970) 226-0102 for Ordering & Questions:

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