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Betacam SP - one of the many video formats that CD Makers can transfer.

Betacam and Betacam SP to DVD transfer

Betacam tapes come in two sizes and have a few variants.

The smaller sized Betacam cassettes look just like domestic-grade Betamax cassettes, but the way the signal is recorded on the tape is completely different.

Betacam evolved from the domestic Betamax tape, but is considerably more advanced, giving much better quality.

Betacam SP was a further refinement of the format, again using the same sized cassettes but with broadcast quality.

Transfer Options

  • Betacam SP to premium-grade recordable DVD.
    • Convienient - plays on computers equipped with an optical drive and stand-alone DVD players.
  • Betacam SP to archive-grade gold recordable DVD.
    • For precious recordings. Accelerated aging tests indicate that if these discs are handled and stored correctly, they will last for a hundred or more years.
  • Betacam SP to MPEG-2 or DV-AVI file.
    • Recorded to USB flash memory or external USB hard disk drive.
    • Many hours of video can be compiled onto a single USB drive.
    • Many modern televisions will play an MPEG-2 or MP4 video file directly from a USB drive.
    • Video files from a USB drive can easily be copied using a computer.
    • Conversion to MP4 (H264) and Prores available.

Betacam and Betacam SP Specifications

CD Makers can transfer the following types of PAL Betacam tapes:

  • Betacam - small and large tapes
  • Betacam SP -small and large tapes

NTSC, Digital Betacam and Betacam SX are currently not available.

Maximum Duration

Betacam Cassette Typical duration Number of DVDs required - good quality Number of DVDs required - best quality
Small 20 minutes 5 to 6 tapes can fit on one DVD 2 to 3 tapes can fit on one DVD
Small 30 minutes 3 to 4 tapes can fit on one DVD 2 tapes can fit on one DVD
Large 60 minutes 2 tapes per DVD 1 tape per DVD
Large 90 minutes 1 tape per DVD 2 DVDs needed per tape.

The maximum duration of a DVD encoded with good quality is 2 hours.
The maximum duration of a DVD encoded with best quality is 1 hour.


Other pages relevant to Betacam and Betacam SP transfer:                                                            

Betamax home videos

Compiling and Editing

Fixing Squealing Tapes




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Australian copyright law says that commercially produced tapes can be copied for personal use only under strict conditions.

CD Makers is very strict with copyright. For us to copy your audio or video, you or a member of your family must be the creator and the performer of the works that are recorded.

Otherwise you will need written permission from whoever owns the copyright.

Please view our Copyright information

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