U-matic to Digital

U-Matic to Digital transfers are just one of many conversion services that Supaphoto© offers - To USB, Cloud, DVD to safeguard those memories. Simply send those tapes and we’ll take over

Use Our U-Matic To USB Conversion Service Today!

U-Matic Transfers - We'll help you preserve and safeguard any u-matic tapes that you may have to new, safe, digital versions. 20+ Years Experience, 000's of Genuine 5 Star Reviews & 000's of clients for peace of mind. Plus Free Doorstep Collection & Return PP.

Or call us now for some friendly advice Freephone 0800 690 6160

Ask About Bulk Discounts too.

Preserve, Share & Enjoy The Supaphoto Way

The best thing you could ever do for your family in three simple steps.

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1. Package Up Your Memories

Simply pack your beloved memories and send them to us. Use either our courier collection and return service or send it to us directly. Ask for your step by step welcome pack now.

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2. Lovingly Converted

We love what we do. Our dedicated team will digitise every item by hand. We’ve saved millions of memories over 20 years. And don’t worry, you’ll get regular updates along the way.

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3. Share & Enjoy With Your Family

This is where the magic begins, We’ll return your original media. Once preserved, access them via our easy cloud download service, USB stick or a DVD. Relax and let those memories flood in. 

Supaphoto Video Transfer Services & Samples Film

Not everyone has the time to read lots of words.

That’s why we’re produced this short & simple film which explains what we do in a simple way. It also includes a few video transfer samples to put your mind at ease.

We hope that you enjoy it!

Our U-matic Transfer Service Advantages

Here are just a few of the reasons why people choose Supaphoto everyday. You won’t be disappointed.

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Output & Viewing

Digital file download via Cloud, USB or DVD. Watch on TV, PC, tablet or mobile

Cine Transfer Advantages - Colour Corrections

Colour Corrections

Expert colour correction for faded scenes and frame by frame remastering

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AI Video Restoration

Optional AI upscale and restoration delivers cleaner videos with enhanced sound

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Free Services

Free tape inspection and no charge for blank domestic vhs and camcorder tapes

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Security of Handling

We take security of handling very seriously at Supaphoto with step by step tracking

Before & After - RAW Capture V AI Enhancement & Upscale

See Enhancement Example

We take technical quality seriously at Supaphoto. We deliver great results with our video capture process as you can see from the example below from an old VHS tape. Now with our REVIVAL AI process and treatment, the quality is even better! We can now optionally use the latest AI to restore your videos. This enhancement technology can sharpen film while recovering accurate detail, remove excess harsh noise while recovering true authentic detail in your film, soften the look of dust and scratches, stabilise the film & more.

For more information, watch our video transfer service and examples video

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Pre Treatment

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Post Treatment

What's Included?

You’ll receive everything needed to safeguard your memories.

Yes, where collection is applicable, we’ll organise for an easy to understand pre-paid address label to be sent to you. Could not be more simple. There’s also a section in there for you to add notes. 

We know how precious your memories are. It can feel like a big decision. The Supaphoto Welcome Guide explains the process in step by step simple terms. It will also include useful contact details for peace of mind.

We loe what we do. Our dedcated team will digitise every item by hand. We’ve saved millions of memories over 20 years. And don’t worry, you’ll get regular updates along the way.

This is where the magic begins. We’ll return all of your original media. Once preserved, you can access your files via our easy cloud download service, on a memory stick or a lovely DVD. Finally, just relax and let those memories flood in!.

Customer surrounded by video tapes, photographs and audio tapes while looking at the films that Supaphoto have transferred

Sir Richard Attenborough – One of Supaphoto’s Proudest Moments

We were so proud to be chosen by the University of Sussex to preserve some of film director Sir Richard Attenborough’s photographs.

Over the years, we’ve also scanned thousands of photo from prestigious photo albums going back to the 1900’s for British politicians to thousands of everyday family photo collections for families throughout the UK.

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Our U Matic Tape Transfer Prices

At Supaphoto we take pleasure in doing things in the right way and growing our business slowly through referrals.

Video Transfer Prices to MP4 Digital Files or DVD(s)
Prices start from £49.99 

Prices typical Umatic tapes include for 2 hour of capture, plenty for most tapes! – If you have videos that exceed 2 hours, costs are limited to just £9.99 extra per hour, per item. See FAQS too below.

What Do I Want Back? – Choose from one of the following options:
i) Mp4 Digital Files as a Free Download from Supaphoto Cloud for easy viewing & sharing with family
ii) Mp4 Digital Files on a Master USB Stick
iii) Conversion to a new DVD in a nice presentation case 

Optional extras:
– Back-up Version on Master USB Memory Stick: £19.99
– Back-up Version of DVD in Presentation Case: £19.99
– Extra copy of DVD in Presentation Case: £9.99

Free Doorstep Collection & Return Delivery
We’re easy to deal with at Supaphoto. Contact Us Now to receive your free welcome pack and address label. We’ll then liaise with you to get your package collected free of charge. Not only that but our prices also include free return delivery. 

Want to Order? – How Can I contact You?
Simple! Just Call us on freephone 0800 690 6160 or drop us a line

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FAQs

We’ve made life easy for you by compiling the the most commonly asked questions that we’ve been asked over the years in one place!

How can I view my films?
Could not be easier! Either plug a simple USB into your TV and view as a slideshow or watch on PC, laptop, ipad or mobile phone. 

Is it easy to share with my family?
It’s so easy. Just forward the link we’ll send you or share your USB memory stick.

Which media output is best?
Digital files are easy to play and share on PCs, laptops, ipads and phones. Start your own home movie editing projects too. A back-up DVD also makes sense. 

No Upfront Payment? – When do I pay?
We never charge upfront unlike other companies. Why? Because there’s always a small chance that you may have non-chargeable blank tapes.   

Would I be charged for blank tapes?
Don’t worry. We NEVER charge for blank tapes!

How long does it take?
Typically 5-10 working days or less. 

Do you offer an advanced service?
Yes. It delivers more vivid colours, better contrast, sharper pictures and image stabilisation. It takes longer but and costs relatively little more.

New! AI Cinematic Video Restoration Service
Our new AI REVIVAL restoration system leverages intelligent temporal data to deliver cleaner, more faithful videos. Whether you have tapes, DVDs or video files, we’ll can transform them into beautiful HD even higher resolution videos. 

Do you send the originals back?
Yes indeed – It’s important that you always keep your originals somewhere safe.

Can You Upscale to HD/4K High Definition?
Yes! Go for that true magical cinematic experience! It also has features such as picture stabilisation, colour correction, frame rate correction and more besides. 

My video looks very poor in places. Can it still be transferred?
Yes definitely! We’ll always review and advise you first though. And if a few tapes appear mouldy, we even have a dedicated process to handle these too.

Can I view and save them on a Free Online Cloud Gallery?
Yes indeed and you can share them with your family thereafter.

Where can I read reviews about your service?
We always treat tapes as if they were our own. Read our reviews for yourself

Why should I do it?
All videos slowly deteriorate over time. The sooner you do it – the better. 

What’s your security like?
Rest assured that we take security of handling very seriously and have an insurance policy to match. 

I have a lot of videos – Can I get a bulk discount?
Just contact us to see how we can help. See also our buy now, pay later option. 

I still have questions – How Can I contact You?
Call us for some friendly help on freephone 0800 690 6160 or drop us a line

Converted, Preserved and Ready to Enjoy

Choose what you’ll get back. Sit back and soak it in!

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Digital Download

This is a memory stick holding transferred media.

USB Memory Stick

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Bulk Discounts

Got a large order? We’ll do our best to help you. Just give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

What is U-matic Tape?

The U-matic is a type of analogue video recording cassette frequently used in industrial and professional sectors during the 1970s. Although the U-matic was first designed for consumer markets, the high cost of VCR recorders during the 1970s meant there was little consumer demand. Despite this, the U-matic found its home in professional television production and is still used for some specific uses to this day.

The wide usage of U-matic tape recordings in professional sectors means that there is a large quantity of tapes still in existence. The large size of the u-matic video cassettes and recorders means that it is now increasingly difficult to use these historical formats. 

Major Limitations of the Format

One of the major limitations of the U-matic cassette format was damage caused to the videotape when the cassettes were played. The problem lies in the fact that the spinning drum inside the cassette would rub against the film. This would lead to friction wearing away at the u matic tape that would eventually make it unplayable.

This poses a continuing danger to U-matic tapes and means that playing them will likely lead to irreparable damage.

At Supaphoto we believe that the limitations of older technology shouldn’t mean that we lose the important recordings held on formats like the U-matic. We think that the best answer to this problem lies in the conversion of u-matic to digital video formats.

The digitisation process will then provide you with a master copy of your footage in the original format alongside digital copies for archival purposes. We think that digitisation allows you to future-proof your collections of historical video recordings so that they can be enjoyed in years to come. 

U-matic to Digital Transfer

Our team of expert technicians have over 18 years of experience with digital transfers. We pride ourselves on our high quality video transfers that will safeguard your analogue recordings against potential damage or loss.

When considering to convert u-matic to digital then – rest assured that once your film cassettes arrive with us we will perform a pre-transfer treatment process to assess the quality of the film and clean any accumulated dust on the film. We will then process your film using our digitisation software to produce high definition transfers. We take a frame-by-frame scan of the original tape footage that will give you the best quality duplicate of the original recording. We will then hand over the newly scanned digital files to our video editing team who will selectively edit your footage. They will sympathetically correct any faded colours or exposure issues that the film may affect the film. Once our u-matic transfers are complete you will then have a digital copy alongside your master umatic tapes. 

Enhance and Digitalise U-Matic Tapes

When the digital scanning and restoration of your footage is complete you will then be able to choose from a number of digital formats and storage methods. Alongside regular MP4 files we also offer editable file types if required. Popular choices include:

U-matic to DVD or Blue Ray: We will burn your transferred video recording onto a DVD or Blue Ray that is compatible with most home media players.

U-matic to digital external storage: We will transfer your video files onto an external hard drive or usb stick. These are compatible with most modern TVs, PCs and Mac computers.

Whatever you’re needs we’re confident that our friendly team can help you with your U-matic tape transfers.

Did You Know?:

The U-matic gets its name from the way that the film is fed into the drum which resembles the letter U.

Unlike most cassette formats the U-matic’s film reels turn in opposite directions during playback, fast-forward and rewind. 

 

Transfer Examples & Customers

Rest assured that we take the issue of quality very seriously.

Why not check out the quality of our Our Video Services?

We’ve spent 000’s on our video tape to digital equipment and have been in this business for over twenty years.

We were chosen to undertake cine film conversion work for the TV Production Company behind the BBC’s Repair Shop!

Other projects include digitalising Sir Richard Attenborough’s personal collection of images, converting early footage of Virgin Airways promotional films and digitalisation work relating to Windsor Castle, The Mary Rose and the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Buy Now - Pay Later Option

Buy now and split your total into 3 easy payments to spread the cost – automatically charged over three months.

Rest assured that there are no hidden fees. Just call us on 0800 690 6160 for more details. Minimum order value applies of £500. Offer subject to terms and conditions.

If you’d like more information about this service, please read our helpful guide.

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Don’t Let Your Memories Fade Away - Buy Now, Pay Later Option

Buy now and split your total into 3 easy payments, automatically charged over three months.

No interest and no hidden fees. Just call us on 0800 690 6160 for more details. Minimum order value applies. Offer subject to terms and conditions.

Common Questions

Yes we collect throughout the whole of the UK!

Alternatively, you may visit us too so that we can go through the variables together. Just call or email us in advance to make an appointment at a suitable time please.

We would generally advise using a tracked service to get your photos, film or audio tapes to us –

i.e Royal Mail Special Delivery or Parcel Force 24/48

Yes of course! All of your original media will be returned to you with your digitised versions. 

Yes indeed! It will depend on the total size of your order. Where we save time by doing things in bulk, we like to pass the benefit on.