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

Our Betacam to Digital Service

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 convenience, you can choose between Supaphoto’s Cloud download service, a simple to use memory stick or a DVD in a lovely presentation case.

Preserving the Past for the Future

The gift no-one will forget

1. Package Them Up

Just package up your material and send it to us. We can also optionally arrange for collection. Tracking gives peace of mind.

2. We’ll Lovingly Digitalise Them

We love what we do. We’ve carefully digitalised millions of memories over 20 years. You’ll get regular updates too.

3. View, Share & Enjoy

Once preserved, you can access them via our easy cloud download service. A simple memory stick or a lovely DVD. Just to view and listen or even have fun editing them!

What is Betacam?


The Betacam film format has an important role in the history of professional TV recording. Beta Cams 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

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.

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:

Our Conversion Service

Your Memories Preserved Forever - Ready for you to Share and Enjoy

Choose the best format for you and your loved ones

Super Safe USB Drive
Easy Supaphoto Cloud Download
Beautiful DVD

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.

 

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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.

Betacam to Digital Transfer