A personal service by an engineer with 30 years of video experience.  Transfers to USB stick, hard disk or DVD.

Costs from 15 per tape.  Discounts for quantity.  Lowest prices in the UK but the highest quality.

Betacam, BetacamSP transfers 

Used in television studios throughout the world, Betacam SP 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, and in the case of early Betacam (oxide) tapes, the tapes are essentially identical.  However Betacam recordings are absolutely incompatible with domestic Beta (Betamax) video players.  My equipment will handle both the smaller and larger sized cassettes and also can play both the linear and FM audio tracks.   We have a large assortment of Betacam decks including Sony UVW-1800P, J3, BVW-65P and others.

Not all video transfer companies have the right equipment to handle NTSC recordings, AFM audio tracks or Low Band Betacam (oxide) tapes, and may let you down.  Video99 handles all Betacam tapes.

You may come across Betacam or BetacamSP tapes which have been recorded by a professional video company, for example in creating training or promo films.  But how can you view the recording?   Video99 can transfer these recordings to video files on a USB stick or hard disk, or DVD (not recommended as an archive format).

I've done BetacamSP transfers for former BBC staff and film producers who have been delighted with the quality.  

Professional Betacam SP tapes (large size on left and small size on the right of this picture).  Suitable equipment, as you can see, tends to be large and expensive.

Betacam to DVD is still possible, though video files on a USB stick are better.:

Deluxe Menu 24 per tape:  Nice menu icons showing what is on that part of the recording, and if you email me with titles I will put them on the DVD for you too.  I place the chapter breaks at points of interest or new recordings.  These menus look like professionally recorded DVD films.  Extra copies are very cheap, just 3.50 each, and well worth taking.  Being a professional format, DVD is not recommended, video files on a USB stick or hard disk are better.

Transfers to other formats:

Most customers take transfer to DV AVI format files on USB stick or hard disk, cost is 15 per tape for up to an hour, 20 for over an hour. Uncompressed YUV 10-bit AVI (100GB/hour) are available at a little more cost.  Just email me for details.

We also handle Digital Betacam / Digibeta, HDCAM and Betacam SX recordings too.

Television systems explained


How to request a Betacam video transfer.

We have an 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

If you want your tapes back after you have the transfers (recommended):

Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they have the transfers, but if you do, there will be a little to add in postage costs. For a single (small) video tape in the UK, this is just 3.55 For larger quantities, 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.

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