Has anyone tried Lifeclips yet?

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  1. Jim Robbins

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    Lifeclips.com will take any format tape and place it on a DVD-R with index for $29. This is almost too good to be true but has anyone used this service. I am curious if they use the highest quality MPEG2 or something like MPEG1.
    They do not do 8/16mm so I see a small business in converting coming.
     
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    Hey, I just found out that a friend of mine works for them. I'll see if he can provide some info.
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    Do you know if they will transfer pre-recorded movies? I don't know for sure if this would violate copyright laws. If you are not trying to sell it, you are allowed to make copies for backup purposes, right? Just as you are able to copy a tape cassette to a CD, I would assume that it would be legal to copy a videotape to a DVD, if it is only for personal use, right?
     
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    I know that they do only private tapes, no porn, commercial etc.
    I just want to know how the video quality is. In other words does a Hi8 show many artifacts? I have used my Dazzle II at the highest MPEG2 rate and it's not too bad but I can still see artifacts on moving scenes. I would assume they would have to use high speed tape players as well as very high speed A/D converters to make a disk copy.
    For only $29 I might try them.
     
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    I did it. Not bad, and I have more VHS tapes that I will be transferring in the future.
    Their indexing is about once a minute, so you can almost forget having anything accurate. However, it is there.
     
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    I remember the DAT Store in California burning 1 off CD's for people from DAT tapes at a charge of $100 /ea.
    Perhaps DVD-R home burners will come down much more in price just as did CD-R's for home use.
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    I think the Panasonic DVD-R unit is down to $799 now.
     

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