betacam tape with a memory stick and a dvd case over a lovely wooden table

Betacam
Transfers

We also transfer broadcast grade tapes such as Betacam. Send in your tapes and leave the rest to us. You’ll receive them back in a digitalised format to suit your needs – For Betacam transfers, you can choose between Supaphoto’s Cloud download service, a simple to use memory stick or a DVD in a lovely presentation case.

Preserve, Share & Enjoy The Supaphoto Way

The best thing you could ever do for your family in three simple steps.

1. Package Up Your Memories

Simply pack your beloved memories and send them to us. Use either our courier collection and return service or send it to us directly via recorded delivery. We’ll also send you a simple, step-by-step welcome pack straight to your inbox for peace of mind during the order process. 

2. Lovingly Converted

We love what we do. Our dedicated team will digitise every item by hand. We’ve saved millions of memories over 20 years. And don’t worry, you’ll get regular updates along the way.

3. Share & Enjoy With Your Family

This is where the magic begins, We’ll return all of your original media. Once preserved, you can access them via our easy cloud download service, a simple memory stick or a lovely DVD. Finally, just relax and let those memories flood in. 

No Time For Words?
Watch Our Short Service Video

Not everyone has the time to read pages of text.

That’s why we’re produced this simple overview of our service to you

What's Included?

You’ll receive everything needed to safeguard your memories.

Yes, where collection is applicable, we’ll organise for an easy to understand pre-paid address label to be sent to you. Could not be more simple. There’s also a section in there for you to add notes. 

We know how precious your memories are. It can feel like a big decision. The Supaphoto Welcome Guide explains the process in step by step simple terms. It will also include useful contact details for peace of mind.

We loe what we do. Our dedcated team will digitise every item by hand. We’ve saved millions of memories over 20 years. And don’t worry, you’ll get regular updates along the way.

This is where the magic begins. We’ll return all of your original media. Once preserved, you can access your files via our easy cloud download service, on a memory stick or a lovely DVD. Finally, just relax and let those memories flood in!.

Supaphoto Quality

We’ve been doing this for a long time and are very familiar with what’s needed to get the best results from your video tapes. The considerations are numerous and we’ll take care to explain things in simple and easy terms. We always check for quality at regular stages . 

Converted, Preserved and Ready to Enjoy

Choose what you’ll get back. Sit back and soak it in!

Digital Download
Memory Stick
DVD in Case

One of Supaphoto's
Proudest Moments

We were so proud to be chosen by the University of Sussex to preserve film director Sir Richard Attenborough’s never-before-seen photographs. This material spanned Richard Attenborough’s extraordinary life and career and is now at the fingertips of students, researchers and the public.

Over the years, we’ve scanned thousands of photographs from prestigious multi album sets going as far back as early 1900’s for famous British politicians, the whole of Sir Richard Attenborough’s  personal collection of never-before-seen photographs, notes and more besides spanning his extraordinary life and career (accepted by Sussex University in lieu by HM Government from the Attenborough family) to thousands of everyday collections of photos from families throughout Sussex.

Proud team

Common Questions

Yes we collect throughout the whole of the UK!

Alternatively, you may visit us too so that we can go through the variables together. Just call or email us in advance to make an appointment at a suitable time please.

We would generally advise using a tracked service to get your photos, film or audio tapes to us –

i.e Royal Mail Special Delivery or Parcel Force 24/48

Yes of course! All of your original media will be returned to you with your digitised versions. 

Yes indeed! It will depend on the total size of your order. Where we save time by doing things in bulk, we like to pass the benefit on. 

Thousands of Satisfied Customers

Supaphoto Ltd is an established company of almost 20 years with 000s of happy customers

Your Happiness Matters

If you are not satisfied with the results, nor are we. 
That’s the Supaphoto way

Peace of Mind Updates

Yes, we know that it’s important to update you a key milestones in the transfer process.

15 Plus Years of Experience

We’ve converted over a million recordings over time, so you can trust of to take care of you

Betacam Film Transfers

What is Betacam?


The Betacam film format has an important role in the history of professional TV recording. Betacam were the workhorse of professional TV after they were first introduced by Sony in 1982. The format was designed as a replacement to the older U-Matic recording format introduced by Sony in 1971. For several decades the original betacam and later the digital betacam were one of the main pieces of television recording equipment. By the early 2000s the format had largely been phased out of professional use due to increasing popularity of digital recording methods.

Betacam can easily be mistaken for the similar Betamax film format. This is because both formats use similar cassette tapes. The domestic Betamax tape is slightly smaller than the professional Betacam tapes. When considering a betacam to dvd transfer, one must consider that despite their similar appearance, the two formats are incompatible and cannot be played on the same equipment.

Although betacam was mainly used in professional video recording we get plenty of tapes from non-professional customers. We find that there’s loads of old footage from big life events like weddings and birthdays stored on old betacam tapes. The problem is that it’s now harder than ever to get the necessary equipment to play this footage.

Whether you’re looking to digitise an archive of professional video footage or simply want a copy of your old wedding video, our digital video transfer service can help

Our Tape to DVD or Digital Conversion Service

Because the Betacam tape format was mainly used in professional recording situations, finding the correct equipment to view it is now extremely difficult. This is because much of the equipment was designed to be used in professional video editing studios and was not freely available for domestic use. This makes Betacam a lot more difficult to access than the similar Betamax format which was designed for domestic use. We handle Betacam, Betacam SP (Beta SP) , Digi beta in high quality pal or ntsc formats.

Our digitisation service can give you easy access to your old Betacam footage. Our expert team will transfer your old tapes into digital files that will be compatible with almost all modern media technology. This means that you can regain access to your old betacam videos without the complications of old technologies:

The Risks to Old Film

Did you know that lofts and garages are some of the worst places to store your old tapes? This is because the magnetic tape inside Betacam cassettes is susceptible to damage from mold. Add to this the fact that increased air moisture and temperature changes can also lead to tape damage. This can only be fixed through costly and uncertain tape repair. 

We believe that the best answer to this is to produce digital copies of your old footage to prevent possible loss or damage. This way you can have a ‘master’ copy in your original format alongside a digital transfer that can be played with most modern recording technologies.

Betacam to Digital Transfer

At Supaphoto our team of experts has over 10 years of experience in digital tape transfers.

Once your cassettes have arrived at our photo lab our team will clean and inspect the tape to prepare it for scanning. We will then take a frame-by-frame digital scan of the original footage using high definition recording equipment. This scan will then be passed on to our in-hour digital editors who will make sympathetic restorations to the footage. This includes minor colour and light corrections to bring your footage as close to its original quality as possible.

Your footage will then be available as a set of editable video files in a format of your choice.

Did you Know?:
The term ‘betacam’ is often used to refer to the general family of Betacam equipment.