You can go right to the Mothership to get your Sony Digital Video tape
converted to a DVD. Sony has their own website dedicated to all of
your digital still and video needs. It is called ImageStation.
I have no affiliation with Imagestation or Sony, other than having
been a satisfied customer of this service for several years now. For
what you need, they offer a service called Video2DVD.
If you should be unable to access this link, you will need to sign in.
Registration is quick and free of charge, and can be accomplished
Then select STORE (from the menu bar near the top of the page) and
VIDEO TRANSFER from the subsequent screen.
Here is how it works (from their website):
- Order a fulfillment kit from ImageStation specifying products
desired and quantities. - The kit price includes all shipping and
- Well mail you the kit which includes complete instructions and a
prepaid mailer for returning your tape to us.
- Fill out the order form and put your tape in the mailer. Dont
include payment, youve already taken care of that!
- Send the mailer back to us.
- In 2-3 weeks you will receive your original videotape and the Video2
products you ordered.
- Its as simple as that!
Regarding the specifications of the DVD that they will produce for
you, their FAQ provides the following information:
Which DVD Players will work with the Video2DVD?
Video2DVD will play on approximately 95% of the DVD players in
distribution. Because of differing DVD formats, a few players will not
read a Video2DVD. See below for a list of incompatible players.
Aiwa XDD370 Panasonic DVDA110 Sony DVPS3000
Denon DVD1500 Panasonic DVDA120 Sony DVPS3000TP
Go! Video DVR5000 Panasonic DVDCV50 Sony DVPS7000
Go! Video DVS3000 Panasonic PV-DF2700 Sony DVPS7000TP
Hitachi GD3000 Philips DVD400 Sony PVDV30
Hitachi GD5000 Philips DVD405 Sylvania DVL1000
Hitachi GVD305 Philips DVD701 Sylvania DVL100A
JVC XV1000 Philips DVD825AT Toshiba SD2109
JVC XV501 Philips DVD850 Toshiba SD3107
JVC XVD701 Philips DVD950 Toshiba SD3109
Kenwood DV402 RCA RC5910 Toshiba SD5109
Kenwood DV403 Sampo DVE520 Toshiba SD6109C
KLH DVD1000 Samsung DVD739 Toshiba SD9000
Memorex MVD2026 Samsung DVD839 X-Wave B171-L9
Mitsubishi DD2000 Samsung DVDC600 Yamaha DVDC900
Mitsubishi DD3000 Samsung DVD709/XAA Zenith IQDVD2300
Mitsubishi DD4001 Sanyo DWM-360
And regarding Mac compatibility, the same FAQ states:
For computer viewing, the Video2DVD requires a Pentium II PC, 266MHz
or higher, Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP, DVD-ROM drive, 64MB RAM, DVD
playback software, 16-bit color: 800x600 or a Macintosh running OS
9.0.4 or higher, with a generation-3 DVD-ROM* drive, 64MB RAM, DVD
*Generation-3 DVD-ROM: All Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) and
PowerBook G3 Series (Bronze keyboard) DVD configurations come with a
generation-3 DVD-Rom drive. Earlier models have a generation-2 drive,
which cannot read DVD-R.
I am a Mac user, and I have a Sony digital still camera (my DV camera
is a Panasonic), and have found their site and products to be very
Because I could not find information on what tape formats they would
accept, I contacted their technical support group, and spoke with
someone named Steve. Here is a transcript of our conversation:
Steve: Beth, you can convert tapes of different formats into DVD using
our Video2DVD service. To know the formats that can be converted you
can visit our site or if you wish I can research this for you.
Beth: He has a Sony camcorder and I believe he mentioned that he is
using Sony DV tapes.
Steve: Beth, I have researched regarding the accepted formats and we
can accept the following videotape formats for transfer: VHS, S-VHS,
VHS-C, S-VHS-C, Betamax, Betacam SP, DV (mini and full size), DVCAM
(mini and full size), Hi8, 8MM and Digital 8.
Beth: Thanks Steve. That's exactly what I needed to know.
Steve: You are most welcome. Please note that we only accept NTSC
formats and cannot process PAL or SECAM formats.
I hope that this information will prove helpful to you, r2. Good luck
on your project, and should you require any additional information on
any of the above, please do not hesitate to request a clarification.
Personal knowledge of the Sony Imagestation website.