About Us

Three decades of video industry experience is ready and waiting to serve your needs to the highest standard

SimplyDV has been in existence since 2002 – at about the time that the revolutionary MiniDV digital camcorder format was gaining ground.

SimplyDV's founder Colin Barrett

SimplyDV's founder Colin Barrett

The company’s founding director and technical manager, Colin Barrett, has a professional background in educational film and video, having devised and produced video and TV output for a wide range of name-brand clients since the late 1970s. As a student in the mid-1970s he cut his teeth on 16mm cameras and editing but saw a future for the new medium of video long before it became popular.

And so it was to be that most of his professional existence has been devoted to exploiting video technology with the result that he’s seen it grow from its humble beginnings to become a technology that everyone takes for granted to the point where huge numbers of people can shoot video with a device that they carry around in their pockets!

As a result of over three decades of daily contact with video recording, editing and playback technologies of all descriptions – from Philips 1500 through to U-Matic, VHS, Betamax, Betacam, 1″C format and everything that’s come along since – he’s developed the kind of hands-on experience and technical insight that makes him well-placed to help clients with their format transfer and digitisation problems.

Today, he’s as much involved in the professional video business as he ever was, and now spends much of his time editing and compressing digital video sources for a variety of applications – including DVD, podcasting, screencasting and – of course – via the web in the form of YouTube, Vimeo, and so on.


Colin has also been a prolific freelance writer on the subject of video, too; with over 400 magazine reviews, features and how-to tutorials on the subject of digital video shooting, editing and sharing under his belt, Colin’s name can also be found on the covers of 4 books on the subject, too.

Four Books by Colin

A selection of books on digital video by Colin Barrett

Both “Digital Video for Beginners” and “Need to Know? Digital Video” have sold all over the world (his first title was translated into 6 languages) and continue to attract interest from keen home video-makers as well as budding digital film-makers!

Our commitment to you

All this experience ensures that you’ll get the best attention to detail when requesting us to undertake your assignment. It doesn’t matter whether you need a few tapes or films transferring or the digitising of a large film and video archive – we’re here to help you in any and every way we can.

In our business, the most important person is the customer!