BETACAM SP To Digital

Convert Your Betacam and Betacam SP Tapes To DVD Or Digital

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NOTE: HST/GST will be applied to Canadian orders.

Introduced in 1982, Betacam revolutionized the television broadcast industry.  By recording video in an analog component format, Betacam offered a higher quality picture that was needed for recent (1970's/80's) broadcasting inventions (satellite broadcasting) than U-Matic or other composite recording formats could offer.  1985 saw the release of Betacam SP which, aside from reusing the old Betamax cassette shell just as the oxide Betacam had used in 1982, used metal particles to capture the image to tape, resulting in an even higher picture.  Betacam SP has been the industry standard for television broadcasting since the late-1980's, and even today (2015), many TV shows and commercials that are aired in Standard-Definition still use Betacam SP. 



In the 1980's and 1990's many training videos and promotional videos were also shot and delivered in an nedited form on Betacam to the client, along with VHS copies.  Even some wedding videographers back then were using Betacam for shooting and editing wedding videos, when the standard was to shoot and edit on S-VHS.  So if you have a wedding video, or if your company had a training or promotional video delivered to you on both Betacam and VHS, you can get your video transferred to MiniDV, computer file and DVD here at Trevor Thurlow  Productions.  Using a Sony UVW-1800 that has been modified to allow the machine to read FM audio tracks, and with the signal running throught a ProcAmp and Timebase Corrector, Trevor Thurlow Productions can transfer your Betacam tapes to MiniDV tapes for easier access.  Once one MiniDV tape all you would need is a MiniDV camcorder and computer with Firewire port, and you can transfer your video to your computer.  And MiniDV has been noted by many people as offering the same quality of video as Betacam SP, so not only are you getting a Digital Video copy of your Analog tape, but you are not losing any quality!  And the Black & White Luminance (Y) and Color Chrominance (Cb & Cr) channels all stay separate on MiniDV, just as they were on Betacam SP, so if you have any material that you shot with green/blue screen editing in mind, you can still do it, without worry of color problems, as you would run into with video from DVD! 

Besides just putting Betacam SP material onto DVD, Trevor Thurlow Productions can also do the reverse and go from video file to Betacam SP.  Just ask.

Please contact us today to transfer your tapes or video file to or from Betacam SP!  Both Small and Large Cassettes can be transferred!  Oxide Betacam can also be transferred!
 
Betacam SP Conversions To Digital File or DVD.
Just to give you an idea, here's a shot of a large Betacam SP cassette next to a MicroMV cassette.  Both can be converted to Digital File or DVD at Trevor Thurlow Productions.