KATA-PRODUCTIONS DIGITAL


Transfer & archiving of video and audio tapes
all done in-house and not outsourced.
Transcoding of digital files to other formats.
Creating Blu-ray, DVD, CD discs and USB storage. 
Specialising in tape media, floppies & movie film.
Location filming and sound recording.
Editing of your media.



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Video Tape Transfer

We source the best equipment, do our own modifications and servicing. Our gear is like family, we know its history!

VHS VHS-C S-VHS VCR cassette video8 Hi8 Digital8  microMV miniDV
DVCpro 25 & 50 Betacam SP SX IMX Digibeta Betamax DVcam XDcam Laserdisc
Umatic SP BVU NTSC & PAL
1/2" EIAJ reel to reel videotapes
Philips VCR N1500 N1700 cassettes 
All transfers to DVD Bluray discs or
.mp4 on USB .avi for PC .mov or ProRes HD for Mac.
Tape cleaning & mold removal for VHS Betamax 8mm.

Audio Tape Transfer

We don't transfer wire recordings
but almost everything else since then!

Compact cassettes Dolby B & C
mini and micro cassettes
1/4" reel to reel tapes all speeds
LP EP 33 45 78 rpm vinyl records
acetate and transcription discs
DAT Minidisc CD & SCSI drives
all converted to HD digital.
Tape repair, splicing, baking, mold removal and cleaning.
File editing click & noise reduction.
ADAT not supported, sorry.

Film Scanning

Hi-def scans you can see right down to the grain in the film. Over two decades of experience, we get the job done guaranteed!

Film to digital on HDD USB DVD or Bluray.
Specialising in small formats.
8mm 9.5mm 16mm to 576i or 1080p HD.
If it's got sound it will be there too!
Film cleaning and mold removal.
Photos slides documents scanned.
Digital photo restoration service.
Quality results for hundreds of delighted customers and other transfer businesses.
Even state archives have used us!

Retro Computing

PC & Mac media downloading as well as
legacy computer file access, we can assist!

MAC & IBM PC 5.25" 3.5" Amstrad 3" floppy disks transfers.
Commodore & Amiga data access.
Iomega Zip Rev floppy Orb disk
OM optical magnetic disk transfer.
Old Mac & PC SCSI drive download.
 Camcorder ZIF hard drive SD XD CF data card recovery.
Surveillance video transcoding.
Laptop & tablet file troubleshooting.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP
with years of engineering expertise!

Recovery Solutions

Scratched or unfinalized DVDs,
broken SD cards, dropped camcorders,
damaged hard drives ...HELP

Our CD scratch removal machine can only do so much. software recovery options may be necessary.
We have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience over many years and are ready to assist.
Our library of recovery software is growing all the time. None of the software we use is freeware.
That's why it usually works!

Format Solutions

Q: "We've found some old floppy thingies
and the labels say there are photos on them. Can you help?"

Our computers are set up to deal with many legacy formats.
MacWrite from 1982, CBM SuperScript from 1999 or just some old Windows word docs or CAD files, we are working hard to offer more solutions for our customers.
Some files may be on weird floppies and discs or run on old operating systems like CP/M or DOS.
We can't always get access to the data if the media is corrupted, but all things being equal  ....probably!

Audio Solutions

Q: "Our masters are on 10.5" reel to reel.
Does anyone still have these recorders?"

We can deal with difficult tapes that your audio is stuck on.
We have thermal dehydration and tape cleaning facilities.
Recent projects include....
Uni School of Art lectures that were recorded on open reel, cleaned baked and digitised to .wav files.
Divinyls multi-track files on a SCSI HDD recovered to .wav.
Cassette tapes with folk & rock band recordings mastered.
If you have DAT we can help too!

Video Solutions

So you have an unexpected problem,
Q: "what's best for my tapes?"

We can digitise your footage to a
Prores 4:2:2 variant on a Mac formatted drive for a professional editing solution in Final Cut Pro.
Videotapes can be captured to
.avi for PC .mov for iMovie editing.
or .mp4 file for family archive to watch directly on your flatscreen TV in wide or standard format?
.....it's done!

Photo Slide Scanning

Can't look at your transparencies any more or found a shoebox of photos?
Kata-Productions will convert them to digital images like .tif or .jpeg or files of your choice up to 6400dpi so you can print your photo books, edit, share or simply enjoy your images in a digital age.

You receive your images scanned, cropped and colour corrected with professional file sizes and pixel counts that you can comfortably send to other businesses like photo book printers without the worry of your files being rejected as not suitable....

What else would you like.... SLIDESHOW on DVD or USB for a tribute presentation or simply someone's birthday celebration? No problem.

Film Scanning

I wanted to thank you for the truly excellent job you've done in transferring our old 8mm home movies to DVD.
The colours seem brighter and more realistic than the original reels and the clarity of the transfer process is really excellent.
Thanks for structuring the DVD with each movie as a separate section and for labelling each of these as asked.
I feel a little more secure knowing the family can keep their own copy. I can stop worrying about the film stock turning to rubbish.

Again, thanks for a fantastic job.
Kind regards,
William Smithers    N.S.W.
2nd August 2017

The Recovery Zone

When you find tapes in the disaster category ........
Kata-Productions Digital can help.
We have recovered fire damaged VHS tapes, a miniDV wedding tape dropped into a coffee cup, mold infested VCR tapes, flood damaged VHS tapes, squeaking audio tapes and cassettes that jam your equipment.

We recovered all files from a squashed camcorder run over by a 4WD, dropped camcorder with all files missing, broken SD card no longer working and even an SD card with half of the casing missing.

We have been recovering damaged motion picture films for many years.

Fire damaged tapes

Successfully recovered earlier this year

Flood damaged tapes

Successfully recovered after Hobart floods

Open reel videotape

Successfully digitised recently

Home movies in decay

Mold and contamination removed

What our customers had to say....

Very happy with all the stuff that has been done for us. Fantastic service , record to cd, tapes to cd and slides to DVDs fantastic !

21st March 2017

So happy with the ones our daughter had done some 3 ish years ago for her father who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. They were off old reel movies. Great job.

19th March 2017

I highly recommend this company because of our personal experience, top quality and top service.

15th March 2017

My mother has had some super 8 film sitting in her cupboard for the past 34 years unable to be watched. Within a day they were able to convert it to USB for me and just in time for Mothers' Day. Well done, excellent service, super fast and very affordable.

12th May 2017

Kata-Productions managed to recover 2 years of video footage from my video camera that mysteriously went missing. I will be forever grateful.

Service was fantastic!

19th April 2017

We took a VHS video to Kata-Productions for cleaning, editing and copying to DVD.

Arnie was great, it wasn't easy but he did an amazing job.

Highly recommend.

14th April 2017

Send us your films, tapes or cassettes with
Express Post and ask for signature on delivery.

We recommend an over the counter lodgement rather
than a street post box so that your media remains
undamaged and arrives in good order at our studios.

Western Australia

use Australia Post or courier

Perth
Fremantle
Rockingham
Mandurah
Bunbury
Kalgoorlie
Geraldton
Albany
Broome
Port Headland
Esperance

New South Wales / ACT

use Australia Post or courier

Sydney
Canberra
Queanbeyan
Newcastle
Central Coast
Wollongong
Albury
Maitland
Wagga Wagga
Port Macquarie
Tamworth
Orange
Dubbo
Lismore
Bathurst
Coffs Harbour
Richmond
Nowra

Victoria / Tasmania

use Australia Post or courier

Melbourne
Geelong
Ballarat
Bendigo
Shepparton
Melton
Mildura
Warrnambool
Sunbury
Hobart
Launceston
Burnie
Ulverstone
Devonport
St. Helens
Huonville
Queenstown

Northern Territory

use Australia Post or courier

Darwin
Alice Springs
Palmerston
Katherine
Tennant Creek
Casuarina
Batchelor
Pine Creek

Queensland

use Australia Post or courier

Brisbane
Gold Coast
Ipswich
Sunshine Coast
Townsville
Cairns
Toowoomba
Rockhampton
Mackay
Bundaberg
Hervey Bay
Gladstone

South Australia

use Australia Post or courier

Adelaide
Mount Gambier
Clare
Port Lincoln
Victor Harbour
Whyalla
Murray Bridge
Naracoorte
Kingscote
McLaren Vale

Field Production Area

HD production for television or corporate
XDCAM and HDV cameras

Sound recording for television
Audio kit with four radio mic systems
Handheld and lavalier mics
Boom, mic stands and cable kit
Three ENG field mixers