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Convert Mini DV to USB

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

Transfer your Mini DV tapes to USB in two simple steps and relive those wonderful moments like they were yesterday - forever.

To convert to other formats, see our Mini DV to Digital and Mini DV to DVD pages.

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How Mini DV to USB Conversion works.

Our Mini DV to USB transfer 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 transfer your Mini DV tapes to USB.

Step 1

Savour them

Your USB versions (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 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 DVD
What to order
You only need to order one DVD set to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the telly
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Mini DV to USB

Your converted Mini DV tape(s) on a USB 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 USB
What to order
You only need to order one USB to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the computer or Smart TV

Your Mini DV conversions, stored safely online. 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 conversions as digital 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 us blank Mini DV tapes. 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 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.

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

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Transfer Mini DV tapes
to USB.

Gathering round to view home films at a family get-together, 'enjoying' clips from friends' vacations, reminiscing over weddings and celebrations...

It is safe to say that home video recordings, such as Mini DVs, can contain some of the most treasured memories in a person's life.

However, because technology has advanced, a smaller percentage of the population now own the Mini DV camcorders or playback decks which are required to play these videos, and older tapes are gradually losing their clarity and breaking down.

The transfer of these valuable memories from Mini DV to USB is ideal for preserving and reliving those cherished moments, as it means you can now watch them any time, anywhere.

Since we first opened our doors, we have digitised hundreds of thousands of hours' worth of video tapes, many of them Mini DVs, making them one of our most often converted formats. We pride ourselves on having the most advanced technology, the most experienced technicians, and an unabashed passion for the past.

Your recordings couldn't be in better care!

Examples of our video tape conversions.

Nothing beats seeing old memories remade for today

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FAQs

Q. How do I convert Mini DV tapes to USB?
To convert Mini DV tapes to USB, you need to transfer the video content from the tapes to your computer and then copy it onto a USB drive. However, you will need either a Mini DV camcorder, or Mini DV playback deck to do this - neither of which are commonly owned these days, so you may have to search on eBay for one. The simple and cheaper option is to use our Mini DV to USB conversion service!

But if you are technically minded and have the equipment, follow these steps:

1. Connect your Mini DV camcorder or player to your computer using Firewire or USB (if supported).

2. Use video capture software to transfer the video content to your computer.

2. Edit the video if desired using video editing software.

4. Export the edited video to a format suitable for USB storage.

5. Copy the video file to a USB drive using standard file transfer methods.
Q. Is there specialised software for converting Mini DV tapes to USB?
Yes, video capture software like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or Windows Movie Maker can be used to capture and edit Mini DV tape content for export to USB.

We use professional grade software to provide the very best conversions money can buy.
Q. What are the ideal USB drive options for storing converted Mini DV tapes?
Opt for USB drives with sufficient storage capacity, fast data transfer rates, and durable build quality. USB 3.0 or later versions are recommended for faster transfers.

We will provide your converted videos on a single USB Memory Stick (up to 256Gb), unless you are converting a huge number of Mini DV tapes and you go over this limit.
Q. Can you edit the videos before converting Mini DV tapes to USB?
Yes, video editing software allows you to trim, cut, add transitions, and enhance the video quality before exporting it to USB. We can cut blank or silent parts out for you. Please let us know if you have any other requests.
Q. What file format should I choose when transferring Mini DV tapes to USB?
Formats like MP4, AVI, or MOV are suitable for storing converted Mini DV tape content on USB drives. They all offer good video quality and compatibility, but we prefer MP4 as it offers the best balance of compatibility and quality.
Q. Can I play the USB drive versions on all devices?
Yes, as long as the devices support the video format you've chosen. It’s for this reason we use high bitrate MP4 files for our conversions, as almost all devices today can play MP4s..
Q. Can you convert Mini DV tapes with timecode to USB?
Yes, Mini DV tapes usually have embedded timecode, which is retained during the conversion process.
Q. What are the benefits of converting Mini DV tapes to USB drives?
Converting to USB drives offers portability, easy sharing, playback and longevity for your old home videos.
Q. How long does it take to convert Mini DV tapes to USB?
The time varies based on tape length, computer speed, and editing complexity. It can range from real-time (1:1) to longer, depending on editing efforts.

Our Mini DV tape to USB process uses high-end, professional grade equipment and software meaning both a higher quality and higher-speed conversion process compared to entry-level, home gear.
Q. Are there legal considerations when converting Mini DV tapes to USB?
Converting your personal Mini DV tapes for personal use is completely legal. However, distributing copyrighted content without authorisation is not - so if you filmed something like a theatre or band performance and then wanted us to put this on USB for you, we would not be able to.
Q. Can you enhance the audio quality during conversion to USB?
Yes, we can enhance audio quality during the editing process by adjusting levels, reducing noise, and applying audio effects before exporting to USB. We will always try to improve poor quality audio as part of the conversion process.
Q. Can you enhance the video quality during the conversion process?
Yes, as with audio, we will do what we can to enhance video quality by capturing at the highest possible resolution, using noise reduction tools, adjusting colour and brightness, and by using high-quality export settings.
Q. What is the impact of tape age and condition on the quality of USB conversion?
If the tapes are in poor condition, there is a possibility that they will have quality issues that will manifest themselves in the final video files. Tapes that have been cleaned and repaired before being converted can help alleviate this issue, but please don't try to do this yourself. Someone who has never done this before runs the risk of damaging the tape. We have a great deal of experience cleaning up old tapes, and we also have the specific equipment necessary to do it.
Q. How can I ensure the aspect ratio is preserved when converting Mini DV tapes to USB?
We will choose the appropriate settings in our video editing software to ensure the correct aspect ratio is maintained during the conversion process.