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Transfer, Scanning & Rentals
Tapes, photos, film and optical discs degrade faster than you think... even well-stored professional formats! And they can become completely unplayable. Don't wait to transfer them to a more long-lasting format! Do you have a large library in different formats? Big documentary project? Archiving for a library or school? Memorial or tribute for a family member? Dozens of boxes of documents? No problem!
As a seasoned TV/film editor and colorist with over 290 credits and member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, I have over 30 years experience with all kinds of audio/video formats and decks. Not all equipment is created equally! I have chosen legacy gear that has proven to provide the highest quality, and I am constantly researching the best way to transfer each kind of media. Online editing for television involves strict adherence to broadcast standards -- I have a very trained eye, and will accept nothing but the highest quality transfers. But because of my low overhead, I can still offer very competitive rates.
At A/V Gear Guy, your media is not imported by someone untrained making minimum wage. I touch every tape, film, or photo that comes through our company, and do all the color corrections.
NEW FREE SERVICE: WE CAN KEEP A PERMANENT BACKUP OF YOUR FILES! Never again worry about your photos, films, videos, audio recordings or documents being destroyed by natural disaster or theft (Conditions apply).
FREE PICKUP / DELIVERY ANYWHERE IN GREATER LA AREA ON ORDERS OVER $1,000!
Production & post gear, vintage decks, more...
Serving the greater LA area, all rentals are fully insured, and handled through the trusted sharing site "ShareGrid." A/V Gear Guy Graham "Gray" Jones has over 410 positive reviews as of January, 2021. He specializes in legacy A/V decks and edit computers and laptops, but also provides more modern production and post equipment like cameras, lenses, tripods, gimbals, lights, backdrops, mics, sound recorders and more.
Most video formats from the last 50 years...
We don't just transfer your tapes! We use state of the art technology to improve the quality for modern screens. Video tapes of all kinds are rapidly degrading! Even robust Betacam SP tapes can degrade within 20 years, and consumer tapes like Hi8 and miniDV can fare even worse. And it’s not just tape that degrades — your CDs, DVDs, LaserDiscs and BluRay discs may be breaking down even faster, thanks to disc rot and delamination. Convert your media to digital while you still can!
8mm, Super 8, 16mm, 35mm Premium Wet Gate Transfers
We now use Rank Cintel for our 16mm and 35mm film scans in HD and 2K, yet our prices beat lower quality transfers! We do premium wet gate scans of 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm, with or without audio, with rates starting at $19.99/reel. Bulk rates are also available.
Photos, Negatives, Slides...
Get your photos out of the storage boxes and closets, and turn them into digital versions that can be easily copied to your phone, shared with others, and backed up safely to the cloud to be protected from fire, flood and theft. We use the highest quality scanning methods, not the lower quality document scanners some services use to save time. Plus we can scan the handwriting on the back of the photo or face of the slide too -- we're not aware of any other company that does this!
Scanning with OCR, shredding...
Everything else is going digital... why not your documents too? Get rid of all your boxes of paper, and free up space in your home or office! Protect against fire and theft, and search them easily with OCR (optical character recognition - included). Are they sensitive? We'll shred them for you afterward too!
Floppy, Iomage Zip & Jaz disks...
Do you have old floppy disks, or Iomega Zip or Jaz disks? Let me transfer them for you! I can put them on a USB thumb drive, CD or DVD, or hard drive. You'd be surprised at how much can be recovered, even from 25-30 year old disks! And you never know what memories, old photos and documents might be lost on the disks.
Audio cassette, vinyl, DAT, reel to reel...
Audio tapes of all kinds are rapidly degrading! And it’s not just tape that degrades — your CDs and other optical discs may be breaking down even faster, thanks to disc rot and delamination. Convert your audio media to digital while you still can!
NEW! SUBSCRIPTIONS: If your company regularly ingests and/or archives a large amount of media and you are willing to lock into using only our services for a year or more, we will give a significant discount.
LARGE LIBRARIES, VAULTS, ORGANIZATIONS: For very large libraries, vaults, organizations and the like, contact us for a very competitive quote. We can currently capture 9 tapes at once, and can add more capture stations if needed to deliver the seemingly impossible blend of quality, speed, and competive price.
About, Testimonials, Promos, Payment, Policies...
As a seasoned TV/film editor and colorist with over 290 credits, I have over 30 years experience with all kinds of video formats and decks. Not all equipment is created equally! I have chosen legacy gear that has proven to provide the highest quality, and I am constantly researching the best way to transfer each kind of media.