Indianapolis VHS to DVD

Affordable, high quality videotape transfers to DVD or MP4 files. Convert your old home movies to digital before those memories disappear forever!

Our Services

Indianapolis-area VHS Tape to DVD Transfer Service. Just $9/tape. Convert VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8 and MiniDV. Zionsville, Lebanon, Avon, Brownsburg, Danville, Carmel. We digitize VHS, VHS-C, 8mm/Video8, Hi8, Digital8 and MiniDV tapes. (And that’s it.)

We convert your tape to DVD. This includes a professionally printed label (directly onto the disc—no stick-on labels!) and a clear clamshell case.

Each DVD can hold up to two hours. Tapes over two hours must be split up onto multiple DVDs.

Your video is converted to MP4 (H.264) video files, playable and editable on any Mac or PC. They’ll even play on your phone!

Files are delivered via flash drive or USB hard drive. Either bring one with you, or we can add it on to your bill. We can also upload your files straight to a Dropbox or other online storage account.

We duplicate camcorder-size DVDs or non-copy protected full-size DVDs in quantities from 1 to 250. Camcorder DVDs must be finalized on your equipment before we’re able to copy them.

We don’t transfer film, photos or slides.

We do not transfer videotape-based HD formats/HDV, Beta, broadcast-format tapes (Betacam), full-sized DV, audio tapes, reel to reel, vinyl or DVDs with copy protection.

We generally don’t transfer commercially purchased movies, as these tapes typically have copy protection signals on them.

We don’t buy old VHS tapes.

We typically do not provide editing services.

What’s the process?

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First, collect your tapes.

Not sure what’s on them? No problem. There’s no charge for blank tapes or ones filled with TV shows.
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Labeling

If you’re transferring to DVD, decide how you want them labeled. If you don’t want us to use the text of your existing label, either fill out our order form, or re-label your tapes with a post-it note.
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Finally, make an appointment.

We’re on the Near Northside of Downtown Indy at 23rd and Broadway. We only work by appointment, offering convenient morning, afternoon and evening times, and secure drop-box service when necessary.

Transfers take a few days to a couple weeks, depending on the quantity and our workload. On a deadline? Just let us know—we can usually accommodate most schedules.

You’ll be required to sign our Limited Liability Agreement before leaving your tapes. Download our order form here.

What does it cost?

We accept cash, check or credit card, or online payments with credit card or PayPal or Cash App. No payment due until you pick up.

We charge $9 per tape up to two hours in length.

We can only fit two hours on a DVD. If your tape is longer than that, every additional two hours is an extra $4. (Most tapes are less than two hours.)

We don’t price based on tape length. Meaning, a 1 minute tape is still $9.

We can combine multiple tapes onto a single DVD, but the price is still per tape.

We charge $10 per tape. There are no limits on length.

You can save $1 off each tape by fast forwarding it to the end of the section you want transferred. (This discount doesn’t apply to Digital8 and MiniDV tapes.)

You can supply a flash drive or USB hard drive, we can add one onto your bill. For smaller orders, a flash drive is usually $5 to $10. If you’re supplying a drive, plan on 1-1.5 GB of space per hour of footage.

We can also upload to your existing online storage account, but we require pre-payment for this service.

Want extra copies, or duplicates of an existing DVD? They get cheaper the more you buy:

1-5 Copies
$5

6-20
$3

21-30
$2.75

31-50
$2.50

51-100
$2.25

101-250
$2

Copies are priced by the total number of extra copies in your order (not per tape).

Great! Let’s get started.

We’re located at 2305 Broadway Street in Indianapolis. It’s a bright green house one block west of College on the corner of 23rd and Broadway in the Fall Creek Place neighborhood. We’re on the basement level accessible from a side entrance on 23rd Street.

We don’t have set hours and work by appointment only, but feel free to call or text (317) 721-6772 to check if we’re in! Texts always get a faster response. You can also email mail@zachrosing.com.

Additional Services

Out of the area? Mail items to 2305 Broadway Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205. You MUST include the signed Limited Liability Agreement with your order. Include an email address, and we’ll invoice you when your order is complete.

We highly recommend signature confirmation service when mailing, so you’re sure tapes get delivered into our hands.

There is a $30 minimum order for same-day transfers.

If your tape is broken/breaks in our machine (snaps loose from its reel), there is a $5 charge to fix it. We can’t repair MiniDV tapes.

We offer PAL (United Kingdom) and SECAM format VHS tape transfer for $20 per tape (up to 4 hours).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: There's lots of stuff on my tape I don't want. Can you leave that extra stuff off?

A: Because our process is automated, to only transfer a portion of your tape you must do one of the following:

We can program our machine to record a certain length of time. If you let us know the length of video you need copied we will transfer accordingly.

You can also cue your tape to the point where you want transfer to stop, and we will rewind to figure out how much needs to be transferred.

Because we don’t sit and watch your tapes while they run, videotape transfers to DVD generally run the entire two hour length of a tape, regardless of what’s on the tape (old TV shows, etc.)

Q: Can you do my transfer while I wait?

A: If you make arrangements ahead of time, we can start your transfer immediately, but we ask that you leave and come back. We don’t have an area for you to hang out in while you wait. Transfers generally take the length of your tape plus about 10 minutes.

Things can always go wrong during a transfer, so we cannot guarantee a particular timeframe.

Q: I need my tapes converted yesterday. What's your schedule?

A: Please be aware that this is a side business for me. I make every effort to accommodate all requests, but unless we agree upon a specific date and time for a tape to be picked up, any time estimates are just that–an estimate.

Q: My tape isn't playing back very well. Can you do anything to fix it?

A: Possibly. We have a variety of machines that all react a bit differently to “bad” tape. We will do our best to get the highest quality output.

Even if your tape has problems, as long as our recorder does not stop we will transfer the entire contents. If you are unsatisfied, we are happy to check and re-run any tape at no charge.

If your tape breaks in our machine (snaps loose from its reel when rewinding or splits in two), there is a $5 charge to fix it. Per the Limited Liability Agreement you sign before leaving your tapes, we will not be held responsible if this happens.

If your tape does not move correctly while in our machine (gets stuck, spools don’t turn properly), in order to protect your tape and our equipment, we will not continue attempting a transfer. Tapes stuck in a machine that require disassembly to remove, at our discretion, may be subject to a $10 charge.

Q: Is there otherwise any reduction in quality during the transfer?

A: There should not be. The DVD should play back exactly as the tape played back on our machine.

Q: I have a bunch of old Disney movies. Can you please transfer these for me?

A: Commercially purchased tapes (this includes most movies, some exercise videos–potentially anything you purchased from a store) probably cannot be transferred. This is due to copy protection signals on the tape that physically stop the recorder–not our unwillingness to help you out. There’s simply nothing I can do about it.

Movies recorded off TV and event videos (dance recitals, school or choral performances, etc.) should transfer just fine.

Q: Can I edit DVD footage on my computer?

While ripping DVDs to video files is possible, we don’t provide technical support for this nor a guarantee your DVDs can be ripped. We recommend our separate videotape to MP4 service for customers needing video files.

Q: Can you ramble a bit about the DVD labeling process?

A: Alright. Labels are printed directly onto the surface of the DVD. They are not stick-on labels (which can damage your machine).

The order form on the website allows you to easily pick the style of your choosing and write out exactly how the DVDs should be labeled. Another option, if you have multiple tapes, is to attach post-it notes to each tape with the desired phrasing.

If you choose not to use the order form or provide titles, the DVDs will be labeled exactly as they are written on the tape’s label (typos, abbreviations, inconsistent punctuation and all). We can also leave the DVDs blank.

Q: Do you offer any discounts?

A: Sometimes. Please contact us and let us know how many tapes you plan to transfer and we’ll let you know. When discounts are provided, it is based on number of tapes, not as a generic amount for your order. This is due to people asking for a discount, showing up with fewer tapes and wanting the same discount.

Discounts must be agreed upon before you leave your tapes, not upon pickup.

Discounted orders typically become the lowest priority for transfers.

Q: Can you make more copies of a DVD at a later time?

A: We don’t keep copies of your tapes or DVDs, so copies will require the original DVD to duplicate from.

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Q: Do you operate out of your home?

A: Indy VHS to DVD is a home-based business. Working from home means flexibility in scheduling drop off/pick up of materials. I am often available during day, evening and weekend hours. And with none of the overhead involved with office space, we keep our prices low.

Q: Do you keep a copy of my MP4 files once I pick them up?

We keep a copy of your files for at least two weeks. After that point, we may keep your files until we need to clear up space on our machine. We don’t guarantee any particular timeframe.

Your privacy is very important to us–we never keep footage long-term without permission, and it will never be placed online. You own all the copyrights to your material.

Q: Why should I trust you?

A: Zach Rosing Productions has been providing video production services to the Indianapolis community since 2002. Visit our website to see some of the organizations we work with and the projects we’ve worked on. We are primarily an event videography company for arts organizations and are well known throughout the community.

Your satisfaction is our highest priority. If you are not pleased with a transfer, we will either refund your money (upon return of the DVDs) or will re-run your tape at no charge.