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Mini DV to Digital

Some of our best memories are stored on Mini DV tapes.

Convert your Mini DV tapes to digital formats in two simple steps and you can relive those wonderful moments like they were yesterday - forever.

See our MiniDV to DVD or MiniDV to USB pages if you're interested in converting your Mini DV tapes to these formats.

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How our Mini DV converter service works..

Our Mini DV conversion process is simple, reliable,
and trusted by thousands of happy customers

Step 1

Send them

After you place your order, we’ll help you arrange a courier collection or you can post your Mini DV tapes to us.

Step 1

Save them

We’ll let you know as soon as we receive your order. Our specialists will carefully begin work to preserve your memories and convert your Mini DV tapes to Digital

Step 1

Savour them

Your digital Mini DV conversions (as well as your original Mini DV tapes) are sent safely to you. After that, it’s over to you to enjoy your old memories made new!

You’ll always know where your Mini DV tapes are, when we’re working on them,
and when you can expect to get them back.

What type
of conversion
should you
order?

How to choose the right
digital conversion for your Mini DV tapes

Your original Mini DV tapes, converted and written onto a DVD. You’ll be able to play it on any DVD player or other disc drive.


What you get
Each of your videos on a separate disc
What to order
You only need to order one set to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the telly

Your converted Mini DV tape(s) on a memory stick. Plug in to your computer (or any other device with a USB port) and you can play, save, and copy your files.


What you get
All your videos on one stick
What to order
You only need to order one memory stick to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the computer or Smart TV
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Mini DV to Digital

Your Mini DV conversions, stored safely online as digital files. We’ll upload your files to the cloud and send you a private access link, so you can watch and download your videos instantly, from anywhere.


What you get
Your Mini DV tapes converted to digital video files
What to order
You only need to order one cloud backup link to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Sharing with friends and family

What you can expect from us.

Your memories are irreplaceable - this is how we’ll take care of them

Free blanks

Free blanks

You’ll never have to pay for sending blank Mini DVs. If we find any blanks in your order, we’ll refund them ASAP.
Free return

Free return

Your originals are priceless. We’ll send them back to you free of charge along with your conversions.
Free repairs

Free repairs

Our technicians can fix most problems and will always try their best to repair any damaged media you send us.
Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts

More conversions, more savings! You can get up to 30% off, depending on how many Mini DV tapes you’re converting.
Quality equipment

Quality equipment

The best Mini DV conversions are made using the best equipment. What else would you expect us to use for your memories?
Real-time updates

Real-time updates

You’ll be updated via email when your order arrives and again when it is sent back to you. You can check on the status of your order at any time using our real-time order tracker.

What do Digital Converters
customers think?

Thousands of people have trusted us with their memories already.
This is what they made of the experience...

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Turn Mini DV tapes
into digital formats.

Gathering round to watch home videos at a family get-together, enjoying (or “enjoying”) clips from friends’ holidays, reminiscing about weddings and parties…

Safe to say, home video tapes such as Mini DVs hold some of life’s best memories.

But, as technology has moved on, fewer people than ever have Mini DV players or recorders to play them on and old tapes are gradually breaking and deteriorating.

Mini DV conversion is the perfect way to preserve and relive those precious memories.

Video tapes are the media we convert most often, digitising hundreds of thousands of hours since we started Digital Converters. We’ve got the best equipment, highly-trained technicians, and a shameless love for nostalgia.

Your Mini DV tapes couldn’t be in safer hands!

Examples of our video tape conversions.

Nothing beats seeing old memories remade for today

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FAQs

Q. What are Mini DV tapes?
Mini DV tapes are a type of magnetic tape format used for recording and storing digital video and audio data. They were introduced by Sony in 1995 as a compact and popular format for consumer and professional use. Mini DV tapes are approximately 1/3 the size of VHS tapes and utilise a cassette with a width of 6.35mm.

Mini DV tapes offered a high-quality digital recording format for the time, with a standard resolution of 720x480 pixels for NTSC and 720x576 pixels for PAL systems. They provide clear video and audio playback, making them widely used in camcorders and other recording devices.

These tapes use a helical scan method, where the video and audio signals are recorded diagonally across the tape in a series of tracks. The data is encoded in a digital format, using the DV or Digital Video compression standard.

Mini DV tapes have a recording capacity that varies depending on the tape length, typically ranging from 30 minutes to 120 minutes in standard play mode. They can be easily inserted and removed from compatible camcorders or playback devices, making them convenient for capturing and transferring digital video content.

Although Mini DV tapes have been largely replaced by digital media and solid- state storage in recent years, they remain a popular choice for archiving and preserving older recordings captured in the Mini DV format.
Q. Can I convert Mini DV tapes to digital myself?
While it is technically possible to perform Mini DV digitisation on your own, it does require specialised equipment and technical knowledge.

For the most part, in order to convert Mini DV tapes to digital format, you will need either a Mini DV camcorder or a Mini DV deck with FireWire (IEEE 1394) output. This will allow you to convert the files on an Apple computer that has a FireWire port and video capture software that is compatible with the Mini DV format. The procedure begins with attaching the deck or camcorder to the computer, followed by capturing the video with the appropriate software, and finally saving the result as a digital file.

However, it is essential to keep in mind that the do-it-yourself approach necessitates a certain level of technical expertise, availability of the required equipment (such as a Mini DV camcorder or player), and may involve a steep learning curve. In addition, aspects such as video quality, audio synchronization, and the ability to troubleshoot potential problems can have an effect on the final results.

We strongly suggest giving our services at Digital Converters some thought if you're looking for a conversion process that's both easy and performed by experts. We are able to convert Mini DV tapes to digital formats in an accurate and time-efficient manner thanks to the knowledge, specialised equipment, and expertise of our experienced team. In addition, we are able to correct any audio or video flaws that are present on the tape as we work. By handing over your Mini DV tapes to us, you can ensure the digitisation is of excellent quality while also saving yourself time and effort.
Q. Can I convert Mini DV tapes to digital without a computer?
If you are looking to convert Mini DV tapes to digital without a computer, the most convenient option would be to utilise a digitisation service such as Digital Converters. While it is technically possible to convert Hi8 tapes without a computer using standalone devices like DVD recorders or DVD/VHS combo units, these methods may result in limited options for editing, organising, and storing the digital files, and the quality of the conversion is usually not up to a professional standard.
By choosing a reputable digitisation service like Digital Converters, you can bypass the need for a computer and benefit from our expertise and specialised equipment. Simply provide your Mini DV tapes to us, and our professional team will handle the entire digitisation process for you. We will convert your Mini DV tapes to a digital format, ensuring high-quality results and easy accessibility for playback and storage on modern devices.
Using a digitisation service not only eliminates the technical challenges but also ensures that your valuable Mini DV tapes are handled with care and expertise, providing you with a hassle-free and reliable way to digitise your cherished memories.
Q. How long do Mini DV tapes last?
Under typical storage conditions, a Mini DV tape is expected to maintain its playability for approximately ten to twenty years on average. However, the longevity of Mini DV tapes is affected by a variety of factors, including the conditions in which they are stored, the number of times they are played back, and how they are handled. It is recommended to store Mini DV tapes in an environment that is cool, dry, and consistent. Additionally, it is important to keep the tapes out of direct sunlight, as well as temperatures and humidity that are extreme. To ensure that the tapes last as long as possible, it is important to handle them properly and avoid subjecting them to excessive amounts of rewinding, fast-forwarding, or dust and debris

The magnetic particles on the tape do degrade with the passage of time, which may result in a degradation of the recording's audio and video quality. Additionally, playback problems or the inability to use the tapes altogether can be brought on by physical damage or degradation of the tapes themselves.

If you are concerned about the condition of your Mini DV tapes or the longevity of their contents it is highly recommended that you seek the assistance of a professional digitisation service such as Digital Converters. You simply post your Mini DV tapes to us, and we are then able to evaluate the condition of your tapes, fix any audio or visual defects we find in the content while converting it to a digital format, thereby ensuring that it will continue to be accessible whenever you or your family want to watch it. Even if your Mini DV tapes are not at their very best, we can still transfer approximately 95% of tapes without any quality issues at all, so don’t worry if your Mini DV tapes have seen better days!