Professional Video

3/4-inch UMATIC, Umatic-SP NTSC, PAL video tape transfer

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¾-inch Umatic (original ‘low band’) is a standard analog video cassette format developed by Sony, Matsushita, JVC, and 3M (tapes) in 1971 and was enhanced in 1974 (‘high band’) with improved color resolution and the addition of freeze frame operation.  Umatic tape largely replaced 16mm film for Electronic News Gathering (ENG) since it was immediately available after recording, had ease of editing including frame-by-frame control, and tapes could be reused.  The format also found use in broadcast, professional, business, education, and industrial settings.  The ¾-inch Umatic cassette transport speed is 9.525cm/s (3.75ips). Small cassettes measure 7-1/4 x 4-5/8 x 1-3/16 inches and hold up to 20 minutes (30 possible).  Large cassettes measure 8-5/8 x 5-3/8 x 1-3/16 and hold 60 minutes (75, 90 possible).

¾-inch Umatic SP (superior performance) upgrade was introduced in 1986 with improved video and color resolution.  SP tapes can be played in non-SP machines but will have only normal video quality.  Operational Umatic equipment is available but support and parts are limited and tapes can be unplayable but can usually be recovered.  Umatic was largely replaced by Betacam SP, MII, and D2.

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Betacam, Betacam-SP NTSC PAL Video Tape Transfer to file

BETACAM, BETACAM-SP video tape transfer to file: $45.  Complete pricing below.

Betacam is a professional video cassette format introduced by Sony in 1982.  Betacam is a non-compatible refinement of Betamax and is an analog component video format with tapes limited to 60-minutes.  In 1983 Sony released the Betacam professional camcorder that found use by Electronic News Gathering professionals for television news reporting.  

Betacam SP (superior performance) upgrade was introduced by Sony in 1986.  It increased video resolution, improved reliability, and added 90-minute tapes.  Betacam SP machines include later Sony BVW, PVW, and UVW (mid-1990s) series.  Betacam and Betacam SP equipment is available.

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Digital Betacam, DigiBeta NTSC to file: $45 per tape.

DIGITAL BETACAM video tape transfer: $45 per tape.  Complete pricing below.

Digital Betacam, (DigiBeta) was introduced in 1994 by Sony and is a digital video tape format.  DigiBeta was used by professionals and for television broadcast.  DigiBeta has ½-inch wide tape. Small cassettes hold are 62 minutes and measure 6-1/8 x 3-3/4 x 15/16 inches and large cassettes hold up to 194 minutes and measure 9-5/16 x 5-11/16 x 1 inch.  DigiBeta tapes were made by Maxell, Sony, Fuji and others; machines include the Sony DVW series.

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DVcam, DVCpro NTSC to file: $45 per tape.

DVCam and DVCPro video tape transfer to file: $45 per tape.  Complete pricing below.

DVCAM is a professional digital video cassette format developed by Sony in collaboration with other companies and was introduced in 1996 in competition with DVCPRO.  DVCAM has ¼-inch wide video tape; small cassettes can hold 40 minutes and measure 2-9/16 x 1-7/8 x 9/16 inches.  Large cassettes hold 184 minutes and measure 4-7/8 x 3 x 9/16 inches.

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1"-inch Type-C NTSC video tape transfer

1"-inch Type-C video tape reel transfer to file: $65 plus $1 per minute, $110 max.

1-inch Type-C was introduced by Ampex and Sony in 1976 and conforms to an industry consensus video standard.  1-inch Type-C is a high-quality analog composite open reel video format.  It largely replaced 2-inch Quad video tape due to the simpler and smaller machine and easier operation.  1-inch Type-C is one of the last open reel video formats.  1-inch Type-C was used in video production and television broadcast for many years and is comparable to Betacam and MII.  It was replaced by DVCAM, D2, and DVCPro.

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D2 NTSC Video Tape transfer

D2 video tape transfer to file: $65 plus $1 per minute, $110 max.

D2 professional digital video format was developed by Ampex and Sony in 1988.  The uncompressed composite format was used by professionals and for television broadcast.  The tape is 19mm (¾ inches) wide and transports at a speed of 5.19ips.  Cassettes have three sizes: small cassettes can hold up to 32 minutes and measure 6-3/4 x 4-1/4 x 1-5/16 inches, medium cassettes hold 94 minutes and measure 10 x 5-7/8 x 1-5/16 inches, and large cassettes hold up to 208 minutes and measure 25.4 x 14.9 x 3.3cm (10 x 5-7/8 x 1-5/16-inches).

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MII (M2) Video Tape transfer

MII (M2) Panasonic MII video tape transfer: $65 plus $1 per minute, $110 max.
 

MII (incorrectly called M2) is an analog video tape format introduced by Panasonic (Matsushita) in 1986 and was in competition with Sony Betacam SP.  It was used by professionals, for Electronic News Gathering, and for television broadcast.  MII is an analog component video format, tape is ½-inch wide, and transports at a speed of 2.67ips.  Cassettes can be loaded with 10 to 90 minutes of tape; a small cassette measures 13 x 8.6 x 2.5cm (5-1/8 x 3-3/8 x 1inch) and large cassettes are 18.7 x 10.6 x 2.5cm (7-3/8 x 4-3/16 x 1inch).  MII faded out of use due to equipment reliability concerns and uncommitted customer support.

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Testimonials

Thanks....great job [mp4 file on USB flash drive] for the poor condition of the tape!! Be Well,

Jack   Ilinois IL 60429

Thanks, everything looks great! [Umatic video tape to mp4 file for download]

Sara, Archivist/Librarian   Nevada 89501

Thanks for the making the transfer [4 Umatic video tapes].  It means a lot to our family and we could not find anyone else to do it. Very grateful to you. Thanks,

Steve   Virginia VA 22101

The video [PAL 3/4-inch, Umatic tape] flash drive has arrived. I looked at the recording and was very pleased. Good job.  Thanks.

Tony   California CA 92708

These [PAL] Umatic tapes [transferred to DV.avi files on thumb drive] were from our monastary in India, brought to USA by monks and handed to me to find some way to transfer them.  Thanks to you, they will now be very happy monks! Great service, I'm very grateful! All the best,

Karen   Maryland MD 20837

I received the original 3/4-inch Umatic tape and thumbdrive... everything looks great!  Thank you for your service.

Keli   Maine MA 02067

Thanks, the [mp4 files on] thumb drive and [Umatic] tapes are here and it is great!!!!

William   Florida 32080

The 3/4" umatic and flash drive have arrived. Everything came out just fine...thank you.

Matt   New York NY 14739


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, pack well, use tracking, and save the number.  
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6. Most orders: Postal Priority mail $9.50.  Heavy or International: actual cost.
7. Order shipped after payment.  Normal completion 3 weeks.

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