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.   I have two models of machines pictured below, a BVW-22P is best for early Betacam recordings and also those which require the AFM sound track, whereas the UVW1200P units are ideally suited to getting the very highest picture quality to DVD or miniDV due to its advanced digital timebase corrector and excellent output connection options.  Both models give excellent results.

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

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 normal viewable DVD, or to computer files, or even miniDV or DVCAM tape 

I've done BetacamSP transfers for former BBC staff 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.

Transfers to DVD:

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.  

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 and Betacam SX recordings too.

Television systems explained

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** NTSC Betacam / BetacamSP available now, but these do incur a 5 setup charge.

How to request a Betacam video transfer.

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

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

Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they have the DVDs, but if you do, please remember to include postage costs. For a single (small) video tape in the UK, this is just 2.50 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 DVDs to you ahead of returning your tapes, then when you've confirmed you are happy with the DVDs, 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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Some previous testimonials for Betacam video transfers

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