EIAJ Video Reel
CV, Skip Field
EV, Sony 1" Reel
Vcord I, II
VHS Video Tape
Wet Audio Tapes
Film and Slides
8mm, Super 8
Wet Movie Film
Transfer Betamax Video Cassette to Video Files, Download, or DVD
PAL Betamax, PAL Beta-max Video Cassette to Files, Download, or DVD
Beta 1, 2, 3, BetaMax,
Beta I, Beta II, Beta III,
Beta HiFi, Beta stereo, PAL Beta, Secam B
eta to DVD, Hard or Flash drive files.
BetaMax to File, Download, or DVD; $40 per tape.
PAL Betamax to File, Download, or DVD; $50 per tape.
Continuation DVD for tape longer than 2-hours; add $15
(per 2-hours from same tape).
Beta-max was the early competitor to VHS tapes.
BetaMax, commonly called Beta, was developed by Sony about 1975, it was a major competitor to VHS format in marketing wars of the mid-1980s and eventually fell out of favor. Betamax is a 1/2-inch wide Composite analog format with 2 recording heads and approximately 250 lines of horizontal and approx. 30 lines of chrominance resolution. Common Betamax machines have a rotary two-head helical scanning and mono audio, but some later models may have 3-heads and stereo audio. BI tape speed is 4.0 cm/sec. BII tape speed is 2.0 cm/sec. BIII tape speed is 1.33 cm/sec.
The format is Critically Endangered (small number of playback machines with little or no manufacturing support).
Betamax uses a video cassette with ½-inch wide video tape with a typical oxide magnetic layer. The cassette is slightly smaller than VHS cassettes and is not compatible. Betamax cassettes are mechanically similar to Betacam and Betacam SP but are not format compatible; RTI Betacam tape cleaner machines will work for BetaMax tapes. The tape path inside the machine is very similar to the larger ¾-inch Umatic format.
Machines were marketed by JVC, Sony, and many manufacturers.
How it works:
1. CONTACT US with questions or to get an estimate.
2. Print our SHIPPING LABEL from the tab at the top of the web page.
3. Number your tapes/media, keep a list, and enclose titles and contact info.
4. Seal in plastic bags, Pad very well, use Standard mailing envelope or corrugated box.
5. We confirm arrival and email our findings and normally bill using Paypal.
(Paypal accepts credit cards for us and you do not need to be a member).
6. Prepay and checks accepted. Normal completion is 3 weeks.
What folks are saying...
Thanks, received the PAL DVD and mp4 file on flash-drive. Thanks for the good work, great!. Tony, Keller, TX Texas 76248.
Great Work! Thank you [for the h264.mp4 file by Dropbox and DVD]. That show won an Emmy in 1984. It is the first I have seen it since it aired. Linda, Naples Florida FL 34104.
I am shocked at the great quality [from this broken Betamax tape that was in water to DVD and file]. Wow! It's like it was thirty five years ago!!! Thank you so much! Matthew Yorkville Illinois, IL 60560.
Yesterday I uploaded some of the [eiaj, VHS, Beta] videos to youtube.com for other family members to see. Nearly every response was "tears of joy". Thanks for making this happen this year, John.
Hello- I got the DVD and the transfer [from Fuji PAL-B Beta from Netherlands] is very good. Thanks you for your exellent work. Bob Odenton MD 21113, Maryland, USA.
Hi ... we received the DVD-R and I am just thrilled... for 38 years, that tape was in its box on my shelf...and I had given up hope of ever seeing it It was great to see those kids again... this was our very first musical. Thank you again - you brought my memories back to life!!! Irene.
Received the package of PAL Betamax tapes and hard drive. The [h264.mov files on the hard drive] brought tears of joy to us last night. Hani, Georga 30062.
BETA, BETAMAX 1/2 inch wide Consumer Video tape, rated for 750 Oersted
|L-120, Maxell Betamax EX120
Sony L-125HG high grade.
L-125, Sony, BASF, Scotch/ 3M
L-250, Sony. Maxell. 3M. BASF
L-500, BASF L500 chrome pn 54552.
L-500, Memorex L0500 video cassette.
L-500 Sony Dynamicron
L-750 222m, ntsc Beta 1 90 min; Beta II 180 min; Beta III 270 min.
HEAD CLEANING TAPE
Sony BCT-5CLN, 5sec/50x (4 min).
Sony Beta L-25CL, 7 meters
|BASF L750HG chrome, BASF ESB Dynamicron., 05879, Germany.
BASF L750 chrome, BASF Systems Corp, Crosby Drive Bedford, MA 01730.
Kodak L-750SGL, Cat 108-8202 Japan
Maxell Betamax EX750 Epitaxial. L-750 ESB Beta Dymanicrom
Maxell 750EX epitaxial videocassette.
PD Magnetics/ Dupont L-750HG Chrome Videocassette.
Scotch 3M. L750 EG Chrome, 222 meters.
Sony L-750 Beta-max, L750 HG, L750ES, L-750-ES extra super, dynamicron.
Sony L-830. Beta, Super Beta, Super Hi-Band, Beta hi-fi, BNR
Maximum Play Times
L750 NTSC Beta I 90 minutes, Beta II 3 hours, Beta III 4 hours and 30 minutes.
Example machines: Sony SL-HFR70 Super Betamax, 3-video head. Sony SL-HF400 sturdy and reliable.
BETA BETAMAX transfer record vintage Beta 1, 2, 3 video tape, BetaMax, Beta I, Beta II, Beta III, Beta HiFi, Beta stereo, PAL Beta, Secam Beta to DVD, Hard drive or Flash drive files.