Greatbear is a specialist audio and video digitising and conservation studio, working to preserve valuable recordings and archives.

We work with individuals, artists, archives, universities, production companies, museums and other institutions to help preserve and give access to their content in digital form.

We have the expertise and technology to restore and replay almost all formats of audio and video tape, enabling us to make high-quality transfers to digital files, in the format of your choice.

Please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) announcement below.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) To protect vulnerable members of our community, Greatbear will be running a no-physical-contact service for the duration of the crisis. We are contactable by phone: (0)117 985 0500 (please leave a message), or via our contact page. Click this image for link. We can only receive post with prior arrangement. Please stay home and stay safe.

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At the Greatbear studio we restore, transfer and digitise all forms of analogue and digital audio tape, including rare & legacy audio formats. Find out more about Greatbear audio transfer services here →

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Our parallel specialisation is the preservation and digitisation of all broadcast, professional, domestic and 'obsolete' video formats from cassette, reel-to-reel and disc. Find out more about Greatbear video transfer services here →

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For any analogue / digital, audio / video tape restoration, transfer and digitising enquiries or questions, and to download our free customer tape assessment sheet, please contact us here →

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To identify your tape, analogue or digital media, please browse the formats we digitise →  Here you will find easy access to pages with detailed information on every audio and video format we work with.

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We love magnetic tape and the machines that play it. We're part of an international audio-visual media conservation community, and we're keen on sharing knowledge. Read the Greatbear tape blog here →