VHS to DVD or Digital service


Transferring your VHS to DVD is easy with HVR.

Honestly, we get told all the time, “I’ve been meaning to do this for years”.  There is something about rounding up a bunch of VHS tapes that just keep putting off. But once it is done, the hard bit is over & in about 7 days, you will have your tapes back & your new digital keepsakes.

Is transferring VHS to DVD better or VHS to USB?

We think our sales speak for themselves. Over 95% of our customers choose USB over DVD for it’s many benefits including

  • All of your videos will be transferred on to just 1 USB
  • All modern TV’s accept USB’s
  • The video quality is much better.
  • The files can be easily transferred to another USB or computer for editing or sharing.
  • It’s easy to make your own edits afterwards.
  • It’s cheaper

How much does VHS to DVD transfer cost?

The cost to transfer VHS to DVD varies a lot between suppliers. Most businesses charge customers based on the duration of the tape, so for example, they charge a set amount for the first 60 mins & then they charge additional amounts for every extra 30 minutes. We think this is crazy. Most people forget what is on each tape & are not aware of how long it is. How would you budget for something like that?

Our customers know upfront how much their transfer will cost because we charge per tape. This means your tapes can be 1 hour long or 6 hours long & to digitise it, costs the same low price.

To transfer it to DVD, we use premium discs that can comfortably hold up to 4 hours & we charge an extra $10.

Where can I bring my VHS tapes to be converted to DVD or USB?

Customers travel from all over Sydney to drop off their old video and camera tapes to us. We also have many customers from around the country post their orders.  We have a purpose-built digital studio in Elderslie which is South West Sydney. You can drop in anytime during the working week between 9am and 5pm.

You can also use our free courier if you have more than 10 tapes. Give us a call for more information or head over to our Arrange a Pickup page.

How can I convert a VHS to DVD at home for free?

In our experience, if there are more than 3 or 4 tapes, most people don’t have the time or the patience to convert their own VHS to DVD. If you don’t know what your are doing, the end result can look much worse than the VHS. We recommend sending in your tapes & at least letting us digitise them for you.

Once they are digitised, we can then send them back and you can make your own DVD’s, saving you some extra money?

But if you are adamant that you want to do it yourself, we have a great article on our blog how you can do the entire thing yourself in a few easy steps. You will need to have a VCR player but if you can’t find one, try ebay. With a recent surge in sales of VHS machines as reported by Benedict Brook of the the dailytelegraph, you might be looking at prices of $150-$300 for a used machine. If you are looking for blank DVD’s, try officeworks or dicksmith, where you can also buy a DVD burner.

What is the best VHS to digital converter?

Many people attempt to digitise tapes themselves.  This can be a cost-effective way to transfer your tape library…but is it the best?

In a recent exercise, we took a VHS tape from 2007 & the standard equipment that a homeowner may have, a VCR & a laptop/pc & then we put the same tape through our professional equipment to compare it.

As you can see from the video below, the colour is much darker and loses a lot of detail.

The vertical shift up and down is caused by the VCR.

The auto-tracking feature could not assist & attempts to manually adjust the tracking also failed.

The laptop it was captured on could not handle the captured data rates and dropped frames.  This made the comparison fall out of sync with each other as you can see & means that over the duration of the tape, many frames would be missed.

So when it comes to the best VHS to digital converter, you really can’t go past a business that uses the professional equipment to preserve the past. Home Video Rescue is as invested in your family’s recorded history as you are.

What is the best format to convert VHS to digital?

We convert all our digital files to MPEG4 using the H-264 compression.  We have spent many years perfecting the compression which offers great quality videos. This combination of experience and technology will allow you to watch your videos on any computer, modern TV, phone or tablet.  It is virtually future proof…can we say that?  Well at least for many generations.

Home Video Rescue is a VHS to Digital Sydney business that offers incredible value, first-class customer service & an unbeatable price.

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Digital Download, Thumb Drive from $25 (8GB), DVD $10

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  1. Admin

    This is such an important service. According to the National Archives of Australia, “the clock is ticking” & 2025 is regarded as the date where it will become significantly harder to digitise these collections because equipment & skilled staff will no longer be available. https://www.naa.gov.au/blog/deadline-2025-race-future-proof-our-audiovisual-collection

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VHS to DVD or Digital service

  • Unlimited tape duration
  • No additional cost for NTSC
  • 30 days online digital access for FREE
  • Turn-a-round time is between 7-10 days
  • Regular SMS updates on the progress of your order
  • Trusted Industry leader with over 20 years of experience
  • Payment is only required when the order is complete.
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee



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Here's how simple it works

1. You send in your tapes
Once you have boxed up or safely secured your tapes & placed your order form inside, drop off, post or use our courier to safely deliver your tapes to our studio.

The hardest is bit is now done.
2. We begin digitising your tapes
Using state of the art technology, we digitise every tape & keep you updated via SMS as we go.

Don't worry, your tapes are safe in our purpose built Elderslie studio.
3. Sit back & enjoy the memories
We'll arrange with you to return your order on USB & DVD & send over the links to digitally access your tapes in the cloud.

Feel free to share them with the family.

Common Questions

Home Video Rescue has the most advanced equipment, highly skilled technicians & affordable & simple prices.  All transfers are done in our studio which ensures the highest quality control.

Don’t worry! Your order is in safe hands with Home Video Rescue. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years.

We use door to door tracking services & have developed a “best practices” standard when handling treasured analog tapes. Home Video Rescue has never lost a tape or damaged an order. You can trust us to safely digitise your order.

This is a very common situation & 99% of all our customers fall into this category. When we convert your tapes to digital, they are placed into the Home Vide Rescue online account where you can easily log in, view your tapes and label them accordingly. It’s really fast and very simple so you don’t need to watch your tapes ahead of time and put them in a particular order.

If you send your order in via post or using our door to door service, we will email you once your box arrives. This offers peace of mind to our customers.

When your order begins, you will receive an SMS from us & within a few days, your order will be complete & ready to be returned.

When it comes to transferring your tapes to digital, we have the fastest turn-a-round times in the business. Most of our orders are processed within 5-7 days. During the busiest parts of the year, these times can extend to 14 days.

Digital Download

Free with every order

  • Instant download to your pc or mac
  • Accessed from any smart device
  • Easy to share with family & friends
  • Safe & secure cloud storage
  • Available free for 30 days

USB Thumb Drive

+ from $25 (8GB)

  • All digitised videos are pre-loaded onto 1 premium USB.
  • Plays in most Smart TVs 
  • Plug & play for easy computer access
  • Accessed from any smart device
  • Great gift idea
  • Safe & secure cloud storage
  • Free online digital access for easy sharing

USB size may differ depending on total duration of your tapes. Longer tapes require greater storage. For a price estimate, please call.


+ $10/tape

  • Each tape is recorded onto it’s own DVD
  • Plays in most DVD players
  • Easy to make copies
  • Great for older generation
  • Receive 30 day free digital access