Why are my tapes split into multiple files?

This is a really great question, and there are a couple reasons as to why. 

1. Better compatibility with Cloud platforms.
2. Better compatibility with USB storage.
3. Better compatibility with DVDs, at maximum quality.

The first reason is that some Cloud platforms have file size limits. While we offer files through Google Drive as an option with your order, not all our customers want that and prefer to share their videos themselves. Many Cloud platforms have file size or time limits they impose on digital files. Our digital files should generally fall within these limits.

The second reason is that, while we use exFAT, FAT32 is the most popular format for USB storage that our customers use at home. FAT32 imposes a 4GB file size limit. We encourage all our customers to back up their digital files, and to best ensure our customers are able to do that, we try to stay within that 4GB limit.

The third and last reason is to ensure that our customers who choose to make their digital files made into DVDs receive the highest quality DVDs. While it is possible to cram a whole 6 hour VHS onto a DVD, we have found that the best quality viewing experience is to split that 6 hours across 3 DVDs, just like a TV show.

As a general rule, our digitization process creates files that are about 2 hours long, as their maximum length per file. So if your tapes are longer than 2 hours, you will receive multiple files per tape.

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    Virginia Lewis

    When I first heard about this site 2 days ago, the sale price was 50% off for 4th of July sale. When I checked it yesterday the sale had dropped to 40%. I was just checking out some sites because I have many VHS tapes to convert. When I get them sorted and ready will I be able to get the 50% off?

     

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    Denise Chmielinski

    I am considering your service to convert my Dad's old 8mm home movies to DVDs . Each film "reel" takes about 20-30 minutes to view on screen. Would each be considered "one reel" as far as cost to me? Also, I'd like to make 4 DVD copies for each reel. How is the cost determined for 4 DVD copies for one 8mm 20-30 minute reel? Thank you for explaining this to me. Denise C

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    Rance A Nethken

    I have a question. I own a pristine DVD of the 1959 movie, The Alamo, starring John Wayne.  It is on two tapes as it is 202 minutes in length,(3 hours and 22 minutes).  I bought it in 1994 and played it only once.  It is stored in my safe at home in a plastic zippered container.  I played it yesterday for the first time in almost 30 years and it is as clear as it was when I bought it.  It is also in its original tape jacket which is also in pristine condition. It is also in Wide Screen format!  What I need to know is, can you make DVD's of the movie.  Also, would you return the tapes to me.  I have two DVD players and my Personal Computer has two DVD/CD rom units in my tower computer, which would allow me to use either DVD plaers or my PC. Since you have my email address, could you respond on what I would need to do, the cost and the quality of the finished product.  I assure you, these tapes are in absolute pristine condition! Please advis at your convenience! R.A. Nethken

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