formats we digitise

Greatbear audio & video media identification resource

We have many years experience and detailed expertise in the restoration, accurate transfer, digital preservation and migration of both audio and video media to high-resolution digital files, for archive, broadcast or home use.

The portfolio below shows the audio & video reel-to-reel, cassette, cartridge and disc formats we regularly work from, and can be used to identify your source media.

Clicking on any image or its title, will take you to detailed information about that format. To narrow your search, you can sort the portfolio by modality: 'all audio' or 'all video', and by carrier: '~ reel-to-reel'; '~ cassette'; '~ cartridge' or '~ disc' within each modality.

For general introductions to our processes and equipment, including brief guides to 'what happens to your tape', please follow these links:

audio transfer → | audio equipment → | video transfer → | video equipment →

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us

If you wish to send us your tapes for assessment, please download and print our customer tape assessment sheet

¼ inch reel-to-reel

¼ inch reel-to-reel

All speeds and track formats of 1/4 inch reel-to-reel audio tape restored, transferred, digitised..
compact cassette

compact cassette

All speeds and track formats of compact audio cassette digitised and all noise reduction standards decoded…
slide-tape

slide-tape

Audio cassette tape for synchronised, 35mm slide projection..
minidisc

minidisc

Standard Play (SP), Long Play (LP2 and LP4) and Hi-MD (Hi-SP and Hi-LP) MiniDiscs..
compact disc (CD)

compact disc (CD)

Digital audio (CD-DA), data (CD-ROM), audio and data write-once (CD-R) and rewritable media (CD-RW) discs..
DVCAM

DVCAM

Sony DVCAM digital video tape in PAL / NTSC..
DVCPRO

DVCPRO

Panasonic DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD born-digital video cassettes in PAL / NTSC..
VHS

VHS

VHS / S-VHS (Super VHS) / VHS-C (compact) / D-VHS (digital) video cassettes..
Betamax

Betamax

Betamax or Beta video cassettes in PAL, NTSC, Beta-HiFi, Super Beta..
Betacam

Betacam

Betacam Oxide / Betacam SP PAL, NTSC video cassettes..
U-matic

U-matic

U-matic (Low-Band, High-Band, SP) ¾” video tape in PAL, NTSC & SECAM..
D-1 / D-2

D-1 / D-2

D-1 (Sony) component and D-2 (Ampex) composite 19mm digital video cassettes..
D-9

D-9

D-9 / Digital S (JVC) video cassettes..
M / MII

M / MII

M and MII, also known as M2 (Panasonic) video cassettes..
DVD

DVD

Video on Digital Versatile Disc (DVD)..
CRVdisc

CRVdisc

Component Recordable Video Disc, also known as recordable LaserDisc..
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