Frequently asked questions
What quality can I expect my transfer?
At Transfer for Less we only use top of the line equipment to ensure your memories are transferred with bright colors and crystal clear image quality. Depending on what you're going to transfer, final image quality can vary. For example, VHS video tape has limited resolution and will still look VHS video when transferred to DVD. However, old silent movie film is scanned in using High Definition technology and can be viewed in crystal clear HD.
What happens to my original film, photos, video etc.?
Our transfer process is completely non-destructive, so your original media is returned to you along with your transferred content.
What is your turn-around time?
While each project can vary due to size and complexity, our standard turn-around time is typically not more than 30 days from the time we receive your order.
What if my order needs to be rushed?
We offer expedited options for 24 hour or one week turn-around for an additional fee of 100% or 50% respectively of the original purchase price.
Do you keep a copy of my transfer?
We keep backup copies of your transferred content for 90 days at no additional charge. We can also make additional copies from your originals after that period of time has expired.
Can I do my own editing?
Yes! We get this question quite often as many people have video editing software on their computer. Transfer for Less can digitize all of your media and place it on a thumb drive or hard drive in your desired format so you can easily edit at home.
What are your prices?
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Can I see some samples of your work?
We have several different examples located through out the site. We also have samples of our recent customers. Click here to see them.
Do you color correct and restore my photos?
In what formats do I receive my photos?
The digital format that will be returned to you will be the .jpg file of your photograph. In addition to this, original photographs are returned.
What type of film can you transfer?
Do you transfer film frame by frame?
Absolutely! Every tiny picture on your film is scanned frame by frame into our computers. This allows our professional editing department to review and make enhancements to your film before it is placed on DVD or Blu-ray.
Do you clean my film?
Yes! Ths is an extremely important step prior to transferring you film. It also allows us the opportunity to repair broken sprocket holes and fix bad splices, while conditioning and lubricating you film.
Do you color correct my film?
Always. Every reel is enhanced and adjusted for color before being placed on DVD or Blu-ray.
In what formats do I recieve my film?
We transfer to DVD and Blu-ray Disc. We can also deliver digital files in SD-AVI, HD-AVI or Apple ProRes on either a blank drive that you submit with your order, or on a new drive, purchased through us.
How do I determine the length of my film?
Does my film have sound?
Sound is still rare on Super 8 film, but became popular in the mid 70's. To check your super 8 for sound, inspect the edge of the film on the opposite side of the sprocket holes and look for a copper colored magnetic strip on the underside of the film. The existance of this strip does not guarantee that your film will have sound, but provided it was recorded with sound, it will transfer with the picture.
What type of tapes can you transfer?
My video camera uses small DVD's, SD Cards, or Compact Flash Cards to record my content. Can you transfer those?
Do you transfer Betamax tapes?
Unfortunately, we no longer offer this service.
Do you use a DVD Recorder to transfer video tapes?
Can I combine tapes together?
Yes you can! Transfer for Less will place up to 2 hours of content onto a single DVD. If the total running time of your tapes is 2 hours or less, we can combine them!