Beta (Betamax / Betacord / Betamovie)

A domestic Beta (Betamax) video cassette A typical Beta (Betamax) tape

You may have seen my Beta video pages already.  From that arose a steady stream of requests to transfer Beta (Betamax) tapes to DVD.  Many early portable recorders with cameras were Beta.  The world's first camcorders were all of the Beta format, so there are a wealth of precious memories on Beta tapes.  For almost 10 years now, since the earliest DVD recording equipment was available, I've been making people happy by carrying out the highest quality Betamax to DVD transfers.  Beta can give significantly better results than VHS, and my equipment gets the very best from your tapes. has a wealth of expertise in Betamax to DVD transfers and has the very best equipment.

The world's first camcorder





 The world's first camcorders were Beta.

I can transfer all normal domestic Beta (Betamax) tapes to DVD, with the best possible picture quality.  If your Beta tapes may be recorded with HiFi stereo BetaHiFi sound, let me know and I'll be able to use this to get brilliant sound quality too.  As well as UK recorded tapes, I can do NTSC and SECAM television system transfers for Beta tapes recorded on equipment from anywhere in the world.  

I offer  several services: 

Basic Menu, 13: Up to 2:30 hours on one DVD, with top quality pictures and sound.  The menus are limited to just a title, but you get a chapter point every 5 minutes so it is easy to move around the DVD.  Extra copies of these DVDs cost just 3.50 each and are recommended.

Deluxe Menu 18:  Up to 1:30 hours on one DVD, with top quality pictures and sound.  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 2.50 each, and well worth taking.

Also available, Betamax to DV-AVI files for your own computer editing.  For 10 hours or more the cost is just 9 per hour.  Just email me for details.

You might find this useful, it gives you a guide of how long each type of Beta (Betamax) tape runs for.

Tape type

Running times (maximum) for PAL

Beta L830

3 hours and 35 minutes (215 min)

Beta L750

3 hours and 15 minutes (195 min)

Beta L500

2 hours and 10 minutes (130 min)

Beta L370 (unusual)

1 hour and 38 minutes(98 min)

Beta L250

1 hours and 5 minutes (65 min)

Television systems explained


Probably uniquely within the UK, video99 also supports the NTSC Beta I recording speed, as well as the more popular Beta II and Beta III speeds used with the NTSC television system for international recordings.  Also handled are the quite rare SECAM recordings made on French, Middle Eastern and other foreign equipment.  What this means is that if you have a Betamax tape recorded on equipment outside the UK, video99 is the only transfer service who can definitely handle your recording and will not let you down.  The first NTSC Beta tape will be 15 rather than 13, due to setup time, but any subsequent tapes are 13 for the Basic Menu service.

Betamax to DVD transfer; the highest quality service in the UK.

How to request a Betamax 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, I will give you an estimate of costs initally and we can deal with payment once completed.  Some models of Betamax machine may be taken as part or full payment for Beta transfers, so if you have one to dispose of, do mention it to me.

In days gone by, customers usually took DVDs which would be 13 for up to 2.5 hours.  However these days, nearly all customers prefer video files on a USB stick (for perhaps one tape) or on a hard disk (more than one tape), which cost around 9/hour assuming 10+ hours.  I would never recommend taking DVDs unless there is some special reason you require those, since video files are higher quality, easier to edit, share and back up, and so a much better archive format.

When you receive your tapes back, you may notice that the record tabs have been removed. The first thing I do with a tape is make sure that it cannot be recorded on, so protecting your important recordings.

Note that some studio formats Betacam and Digital Betacam tapes look very similar to domestic Betamax tapes, but they require different equipment and do cost more.  We also support PCM digital audio recordings from Beta tapes.

Please read our Terms and Conditions, which form part of the agreement.

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Also see the Questions and Answers (FAQ)

More interesting reading on the Beta (Betamax) format.  

See my main Beta in the UK web page too.

I now have a useful page on how to service Sanyo Beta video recorders, fitting reel idlers and belts to them, and where to source parts.  I have also scanned in the entire service manual (28MB download) for the Sanyo VTC-NX100 front-loading Beta video recorder, and this is helpful for servicing most Sanyo models.

Urban myths, true or false.

Here is a BBC pamphlet from arund 1984 showing new releases on VHS, Beta, V2000 and Laserdisc.


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Below are some of the testimonials that people have instead just sent to me by email.

For older testimonials, hundreds of them, see the archive of testimonials.

If you have any questions, just email me and I'll reply promptly.   Also see the Questions and Answers (FAQ)  All material on this web site is copyright and though trade marks remain with the manufacturers.

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