The UK's most affordable and flexible Digital Betacam (DigiBeta), Betacam SX, MPEG IMX Betacam transfers.
A personal service by an engineer with 20 years of video experience. Transfers to video files, DigiBeta or DVD.
Costs from £20 per tape, extra copies £3.50 or less. Discounts for quantity. Lowest prices in the UK but the highest quality.
Used in television studios throughout the world, Digital Betacam is a very popular professional video format. There are two tapes sizes, the smaller ones are very similar to domestic Beta (Betamax) tapes to look at. My equipment will handle both the smaller and larger sized cassettes and also can play Betacam SX and MPEG IMX tapes. Video99 also handles all analogue Betacam tapes.
You may come across Digital Betacam or Betacam SX tapes which have
recorded by a professional video company, for example in creating
advertising or promo
films. But how can you view the recording? Video99 can
these recordings to normal viewable DVD, or to computer files on
disk or USB stick, or even miniDV /
DVCAM tape. We now have an uncompressed 10bit SDI video capture
system too, but those files are rather large at 94GB per hour. We can record onto Digital Betacam from any Betacam tape.
One of the Digital Betacam players we use for our video transfers is
the very versatile Sony J3, we have two of these, one with SDI digital output. Our other machines are the DVW-A510P
with SDI output, and DVW-A500P recorder.
Professional Digital Betacam (DigiBeta) tapes
(large size on left and small size on the right above) are blue or
blue-grey. Betacam SX tape shells are bright yellow, though SX
recordings may also appear on blue BetacamSP tapes, the XS format
allows for an hour on a small sized tape. MPEG IMX
are a muted green, this was a fairly unpopular format. Much the
most popular form are the blue
tapes. The smaller size are very similar to domestic Beta (Betamax) tapes and can be confused with those.
Options include transfer to DV-AVI (13GB/hour), uncompressed YUV 10-bit AVI (100GB/hour) or other file formats on hard disk or USB stick, transfer to miniDV/ DVCAM, or DigiBeta-DigiBeta duplication. Just email me for details.
We have a new and easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details. If for any reason you get stuck filling out the form, just email me and I'll help you personally. It's a personal service I offer, not like some of the big video editing houses. I understand that in many cases you will not be able to tell how much material is on the original recordings. If recorded on equipment from another country, see the Television systems explained.
needs their tapes returned once they have the video files or DVDs, but
if you do,
please remember to include postage costs. For a single video tape in
the UK, this is around £.3.30 - £5.45 for 1st Class post. For
larger quantities, Special Delivery return,
and tapes from outside the UK, I will let you know.
Ideally can you ensure you send the tapes in a package which is
sufficiently large and robust for me to use to send back your original
tapes. Usually I will send the transfers to you ahead of returning your
tapes, then when you've confirmed you are happy with the transfers, I
will return your tapes. This way I can help you further if
necessary - for example you can now see you want a different part of a
tape transferred on its own or you want extra copies.
"Hi Colin, I’ve had a quick scan of the take and it all looks good, so yes, you can send the master back. Thanks Yusuf" Digital Betacam to miniDV tape. 26.01.10
"Colin We have received the Birthday videos on time We'r so pleased a fantastic job. "Well Done" Many Thanks Barry & Caroline" Digital Betacam tapes made into a Deluxe Menu DVD with boxes and 10 copies. An outfit in Glasgow failed to run the tapes and left the customer waiting for months before returning them. 20.11.09
"I'm truly pleased you pointed me in this direction when we first spoke about archiving. With my eternal gratitude and very best wishes... Malcolm" Customer initially asked for DVD transfers but I suggested hard disk DV-AVI files.30.11.09 - Since then the same customer has returned with several more batches of work.
If you have any questions, just email me and I'll reply promptly. Also see the video99.co.uk Questions and Answers (FAQ) All material on this web site is copyright www.video99.co.uk and www.colin99.co.uk though trade marks remain with the manufacturers.
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