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Lo-band and Hi-band U-matic video cassette - one of the many video formats that CD Makers can transfer.

U-Matic to DVD transfer

U-Matic tapes date back to the early 1970s. They're a large video cassette, about twice the size of a VHS tape, with a tape enclosed that has a width of three-quarters of an inch.

For home use, VHS and Betamax took over from U-Matic in the 1980s, but U-Matic continued to be used in schools, universities, libraries and advertising agencies right through the 1980s and 1990s.

In the early 1980s, the U-matic format was improved with a new version, referred to as High Band, which greatly increased the quality of the picture.

CD Makers has a Sony VO-5850P for Low Band Umatic playback, recently serviced and in excellent condition.

CD Makers currently has no facility to play High Band BVU Umatic tapes.

You can choose to have your recording transferred to high quality Japanese made recordable DVDs, archive-grade gold recordable DVDs, or you can supply your own hard-drive to have the files transferred to.

Transfer Options

  • U-matic to premium-grade recordable DVD.
    • Convienient - plays on computers equipped with an optical drive and stand-alone DVD players.
  • U-matic 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.
  • U-matic 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.

U-matic Specifications

U-matic videocassettes look much the same as each other, but they can be recorded with various options. CD Makers can transfer U-matic videocassettes recorded with the following options:

  • TV System:
    • PAL (Australia)
  • Video resolution:
    • 576i
  • U-matic type:
    • Lo-band
  • Audio:
    • Stereo
    • Mono

CD Makers currently has no facility to play High Band BVU Umatic tapes or U-matic tapes formatted in NTSC for North American televisions.

Maximum Duration

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.

U-matic cassettes came in a variety of sizes, from 10 minutes duration up to 60 minutes.


Other pages relevant to U-matic transfer:                                                            

Compiling and Editing

Fixing Squealing Tapes




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Australian copyright law prohibits commercially produced video tapes from being copied unless you have written permission of the copyright owner. The law that allows commercially produced music to be copied for personal use does not apply to video tapes.

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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