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The cute name is well deserved because these diminutive tapes were only slightly larger than a Tic-Tac candy container. Their small size enabled manufacturers to produce consumer cameras smaller than the size of one’s hand, making them incredibly popular for a short time. The MiniDV was introduced to the consumer market in 1998, the same year the Furby toy was all the rage. While the latter was decidedly cuter, both of these once hot items lost their appeal by the 2000s. The MiniDV enjoyed top-dog home video status for a few years until recording digitally to memory cards made the format obsolete.
The only way to record and play MiniDV tapes is with older/used equipment. You can convert MiniDV to digital if you still have a working MiniDV camcorder by connecting the USB cable from the camcorder to the computer's USB port. If you’re not a DIY kind of gal or guy, relying on a professional service to transfer MiniDV to digital will save you a good deal of time and possible aggravation.
Several things set ScanCafe apart from competitors, including our industry-beating prices, superb quality, and safe handling guarantee. Moreover, when you send your MiniDV tapes to us, they aren’t outsourced to another country. Instead, we perform all services in the Midwest at our state-of-the-art lab in Indianapolis. Our team does everything possible to ensure that the final output is best captures the original. When you select ScanCafe to transfer your MiniDV tapes, our dedicated technicians will take care of them as if their personal precious memories are stored on them!
MiniDV tapes are inherently more fragile than the old Furby you packed away eons ago. But we’re guessing both of these lost-long treasures might be gathering dust together in your basement or closet. Although your Furby may still talk, MiniDVs can deteriorate. The best way to take a trip down memory lane is to let our dedicated team of qualified film professionals convert your MiniDVs into a digital format that lasts forever.
All you need to do is ship your MiniDV tapes to us and we’ll take care of the rest for you.
Your videos will be digitized at our Indianapolis lab, with a 3–4 week turnaround.
The end result is memories safely transferred from MiniDV tapes to your choice of a digital download or USB drive.
After your MiniDVs are digitized, you can choose from several convenient delivery options. Our standard delivery method is a digital download with a link that remains active for 30 days from the time of "Checkout". You can also choose from the following options:
Please note that if you wish to continue downloading content after 30 days, you will need to opt into our Subscription Service. Otherwise, our servers will automatically remove your access after 30 days.
With the digital download option, customers are able to review the footage prior to receiving their originals back. We have had several cases where the customer has paid for their order and reviewed the files online and discovered issues with the transfer prior to the order leaving the building. They are still unable to delete any footage.
In order to get the best possible quality while editing, we suggest selecting the Uncompressed H.264/MPEG-4 Files option. This provides you with a much higher bit rate than the compressed file.
We retain the compressed version of your digitized video for a period after your order is completed and shipped to you. That allows us to make additional copies in case there are delays or difficulties in transit.
However, we recommend that if you would like duplicate copies, that you make those requests that the time that you place your order.
The video resolution is 720x480 , film resolution for USB drives is 1280x720.