The most affordable and flexible Betamax transfers in the UK.
A personal service by an engineer with 30 years of video experience. Transfers to USB stick, hard disk or DVD.
Discounts for quantity. Lowest prices in the UK but the highest quality.
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. 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 20 years now, since the earliest DVD recording equipment was available, I've been making people happy by carrying out the highest quality Betamax transfers. Beta can give significantly better results than VHS, and my equipment gets the very best from your tapes. Video99.co.uk has a wealth of expertise in Betamax transfers and has the very best equipment.
The world's first camcorders were Beta.
I can transfer all Beta (Betamax) tapes, 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.
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 £22: 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.
Nearly all customers now take video files on a USB stick or hard disk (depending on quantity). Typically we provide large DV-AVI files of 13GB per hour, ideal for nearly all PC and Mac video editing software, and almost all customers also take the very inexpensive option of additionally having smaller MPEG4 files which will play on most modern TVs which have a USB socket. Assuming at least 10 hours, the cost for Beta to video files is £9 per hour of useful material. Just email me for details.Video files are higher quality than DVDs, easier to edit, share and back up, so a much better archive format.
You might find this useful, it gives you a guide of how long each type of Beta (Betamax) tape runs for.
Running times (maximum) for PAL
3 hours and 35 minutes (215 min)
3 hours and 15 minutes (195 min)
2 hours and 10 minutes (130 min)
Beta L370 (unusual)
1 hour and 38 minutes(98 min)
1 hours and 5 minutes (65 min)
Probably uniquely within the UK, video99 also supports the NTSC
recording speed (including BIs high band and Beta HiFi sound), as well as the more popular Beta II and Beta III
with the NTSC television system for international recordings.
are the quite rare SECAM recordings made on French, Middle Eastern and
foreign equipment. What this means is that if you have a Betamax
recorded on equipment outside the UK, video99 is the only transfer
can definitely handle your recording and will not let you down.
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 or two tapes) or on a hard disk (more than two tapes), 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.
that some studio formats 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, as well as Beta HiFi stereo sound for
both NTSC and PAL recordings. We also now support SuperBeta NTSC
tapes for all three NTSC tapes speeds (BI, BII, BIII).
See my main Beta in the UK web page too.
I have written a useful page on how to service Sanyo Beta video recorders, fitting reel idlers and belts to them, and where to source parts, and created YouTube videos on servicing Sanyo and Sony Beta video recorders and the Sony SL-C9.
Urban myths, true or false.
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