Betamax

Betamax or Beta video cassettes in PAL, NTSC, Beta-HiFi, Super Beta
rectangular, dark grey, plastic video cassette

Sony Beta video cassette

introduction to Betamax cassette transfer

We offer a range of delivery formats for our video transfers. We use the International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings, delivering FFV1 lossless files or 10 bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers. We create viewing files as H264 encoded .mp4 files or DVD. We can deliver any other digital video files,  according to your needs. 

We can provide the appropriately-sized usb media for your files, or use media supplied by you, or deliver your files online. Files delivered on hard drive can be for any operating system MacOS, Windows or GNU/Linux and filesystems (HFS+, NTFS or EXT3).

Due to varying tape durations and their gradual physical degradation, it’s not always appropriate to create fixed prices for our services. We’ve found that assessing tapes prior to confirming costs a more accurate and fair method.

We offer free assessments please contact us to discuss your project. 

Betamax machines

  • Sony F-30
  • Sony SL-HF100 Beta hi-fi
  • Sony SL-HF150 Beta hi-fi
  • Sony SL-T50
  • Sony SL-700ME Super Beta PAL / NTSC / SECAM

Betamax format variation

black rectangular cassette with ivory-coloured plastic reel hubs, resembling inverted cog wheels

Sony Betamax cassette rear, showing reel-hubs

2 rack-based Sony Betamax machines, the upper one labelled 7 system, the lower one with PAL button lit up

Sony SL-700ME Super Beta PAL / NTSC / Secam & Sony SL-T50 machines

Rectangular, dark grey, plastic video cassette with rulers showing width 15.6cm and height 9.6 cm

Betamax cassette dimensions: 15.6 × 9.6 × 2.5 cm (6​1⁄7 × 3​3⁄4 × 1 inch)

Betamax tape risks & vulnerabilities

Betamax recording history