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Video, Movie & Audio Transfer, Duplication, Dubbing, Conversion & Editing Services

If you would like to convert and restore your old home home movies to DVD or Hi-Definition Blu-Ray or Video file suitable for iPhone, editing or archiving - we can help! We’re Australia's leading film conversion lab.


Without going into all the technical complexities, there are many different ways to do transfers. We use the best available transfer technology - the same as used by the Academy of Motion Picture Archive in Hollywood. We capture each frame of your movie individually and we assemble the frames into a rock steady transfer that is frame accurate and razor sharp edge to edge with zero hot spot and no flicker.

We convert any format of movie including Super 8, Standard 8, Single 8, 9.5mm, 16mm  -  sound or silent.

Movie Transfer Services

Standard 8mm movie film

A common format for home movies, Standard 8 was essentially 16mm film that was exposed along half its width, then flipped over to expose the other edge. Originally developed by Eastman Kodak.

Super 8mm movie film

The king of the home movie formats, Super 8 was ubiquitous, consumer-friendly film format. Housed in a plastic cartridge, Super 8 was easy to load and unload compared to standard 8. Film cartridges could shoot between 2½ and 3½ minutes of footage, depending on frame rates. Popular emulsions included Kodak’s iconic Kodachrome, Agfa, Perutz more recently, black and white reversal film such as Tri-X and Plus-X.

16mm movie film

Originally developed for domestic use, 16mm film evolved to become a common format in television and corporate film production. It continues to be a popular format for independent filmmakers and television productions that desire the unique look of film without the cost of larger formats.

9.5mm movie film

An amateur film format introduced by Pathé Frères in the 1920s. Although 9.5mm gained popularity in Europe and Britain, it did not find the same market acceptance in the United States or Australia. It is notably different from other formats in that the sprocket holes are positioned in between frames as opposed to the edge.

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Video Tape Transfer Services


First hitting the market in 1976, VHS was developed by JVC specifically as a consumer video format. After a protracted “Format War” with Sony’s rival Betamax and other formats, VHS emerged the global winner. VHS’s balance of video quality, recording time and lower price point ensured it became the most popular video format for home use.

The VHS standard was also extensively used in camcorders, both full-size and the more compact VHS-C. Incremental improvements were made to the picture quality VHS delivered, including S-VHS in 1987.

Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, Betacam SX

Betacam is the most prolific and successful professional video format in history. Betacam SP, first introduced in 1986, became the industry standard for television networks and production houses globally.

Digital Betacam was introduced in 1993 and quickly became the industry standard for electronic news gathering. The format was, and is still, regarded as “bulletproof” by those who used it. Betacam SX was a digital version of Betacam SP introduced in 1996, positioned as a cheaper alternative to Digital Betacam. This format is still used by many television news gathering operations, including CNN.

8mm, Hi-8, Digital 8

Often referred to Video8, 8mm tape was released in the mid-1980s as an alternative to the bulkier VHS and Betamax formats for camcorder use. Later revisions of the format included Hi-8, which recorded a higher-resolution picture and Digital 8, which recorded a digital image similar to MiniDV.

Mini DV, HDV

Mini DV first appeared in 1995, initially in semi professional cameras, becoming the most common consumer camera format, taking the place of Hi-8. Digital video was recorded onto a magnetic tape and later “captured” via FireWire into a computer for editing.

Introduced in 2003, HDV used the same MiniDV tapes, but recorded a 1080i HD image to them. These were among the first consumer high definition formats, popular amongst film students and independent productions.


The ill-fated consumer videotape format developed by Sony, released in 1975. Betamax tapes were similar in design to the professional U-Matic tape, although noticably smaller. One of the sides in the infamous “Format War”, Sony’s Betamax eventually lost out in both the US and European markets to JVC’s VHS.

Sony continued to develop and produce Betamax recorders and tapes, primarily for the Japanese and “prosumer” markets until the late-1980s.


Introduced in 1971, U-Matic was among the first tape formats to be housed within a cassette, rather than as reel-to-reel units. Housing a ¾" magnetic tape, U-Matic was originally intended as a consumer video format. However, the high cost of both the tapes and playback units meant it found popularity as a professional video format, becoming a de-facto standard in television production.

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Audio Transfer Services

Vinyl Records

The primary medium of music reproduction throughout the 20th century, Vinyl Records continue to be produced and sold today. The first phonograph was introduced by Thomas Edison in 1877, with many variations on the disc-based format throughout the late 19th century until the mid-20th century.

Technical advancements to the record format were developed throughout its lifespan to various responses in the market, including stereo sound, quadraphonic sound, audiophile “direct-to-disc” manufacturing and laser turntables.

Today, vinyl is valued mainly as an audiophile format for its improved quality over digital audio.

Compact Cassette

The ubiquitous Compact Cassette ruled the home audio and recording market following its introduction by Philips in the early 1960s. Over the years, improvement in audio quality brought high fidelity quality to the unassuming plastic cassette. Although the introduction of the CD resulted in a decline in the sale of pre-recorded tapes, the cassette continued as a cheap and practical audio recording format right up until the early 2000s.


Introduced by Sony in 1987, the Digital Audio Tape was originally intended as a consumer replacement for the analogue Compact Cassette. Partly as a consequence of the record industry’s concerns over the ease of high-quality digital copying of LPs, CDs and cassettes afforded by DAT, the format never gained traction within the consumer market, although was used extensively by the professional recording industry in the nascent all-digital production chain.


The original home tape format, Reel-to-Reel came into prominence during the 1950s and 1960s both as a professional and personal recording and playback format. ¼" tape was the most popular format, allowing the recording and playback of high-quality audio that was able to be edited by “splicing” the tape at the appropriate point. Although reel-to-reel tape has long since declined in popularity, it remains a regularly-used format in the recording industry by artists who prefer the “warmth” offered by analogue tape.

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Get started right away. Bring your media to Level 1, michaels Camera Video & Digital, or call our Service Department on (03) 9672 2222. E-mail: service@michaels.com.au.