Feldman's Digital Transfer Services

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By Appointment Only

Phone:
813-685-4343

Location:

12000 N. Nebraska Ave.

Tampa, FL  33612

 

BetaMax Video Tapes Converted To DVD
or Hard Drive
"The Best in Tampa Bay, Florida"

In Tampa near St. Petersburg, Clearwater & Lakeland

Feldman's Photography converts Betamax video tapes to DVDs and also transfers Betamax to computer Hard drives. Betamax (sometimes called Beta) is a home videocassette tape recording format developed by Sony, released on May 10, 1975. The cassettes contain 1/2-inch (12.7mm) wide videotape in a design similar to the earlier, professional 3/4-inch (19.05mm) U-matic format. The format is generally considered obsolete, though it is still used in specialist applications by a small minority of people.

Betamax videos use the same shape videocassettes as the Professional Betacam to Betacam SP and digital recording Digital Betacam (and additionally, HDCAM & HDCAM SR), meaning vaults and other storage facilities do not have to be changed when upgrading to a new format. There is also a mechanical key on the bottom of the Betacam video cassettes that allows a video tape recorder to identify which format (professional or amateur) has been inserted.

According to Sony's own history web pages, the name came from a double meaning: beta being the Japanese word used to describe the way signals were recorded onto the tape, and from the fact that when the tape ran through the transport, it looked like the Greek letter beta (β). The suffix -max came from "maximum", to suggest greatness.

Sanyo marketed a version as Betacord, but this was also referred to casually as "Beta". In addition to Sony and Sanyo, Beta-format video recorders were also sold by Toshiba, Pioneer, Murphy, Aiwa, and NEC; the Zenith Electronics Corporation and WEGA Corporations contracted with Sony to produce VCRs for their product lines. Department stores like Sears (in the U.S. and Canada) and Quelle (Germany) sold Beta-format VCRs under their house brands, as did the Radio Shack chain of electronic stores. Betamax and VHS competed in a fierce format war, which saw VHS come out on top in most markets.

Beta Video Cassettes

Betacam (L) and BetaMax (R) Tapes Are Interchangeable But Recordings Are Not

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Do you have old Betamax video tapes stored in a closet? If you do, now is the time to transfer your video tapes to DVD or transfer the video tapes to a Mac or PC formatted hard drive.

How old are your videotapes? A typical Videotape will last only around 8- 10 years before the oxide covered plastic tape they are recorded on begins to degrade, tear or stretch. The colors fade and sometimes the picture is too snowy to watch. Before that happens to your video tapes, transfer them to DVD. We can transfer all consumer formats including VHS videotape, VHS-C videotape, 8MM videotape, Hi8 videotape, Digital 8 videotape, MiniDV videotape, and yes, even the old Betamax videotape. We can also convert foreign PAL and SECAM to the US standard NTSC and from NTSC to PAL and SECAM.

NOTE:  For more information about how video tapes and movies degrade over time and how to store your movies check our "How to Store and Care for Video Tapes" by clicking here.

Many of our clients want to know if they can edit their own home movie once they are transferred to DVD. The answer is two fold! Like a rented movie you can not edit a DVD once it is created. However, for many of our clients we digitize their old video tapes to a "movie format" on a computer hard drive. With this process our clients can add titles, delete bad footage and add movie-like transitions to their home movies. Once completed these movies can be easily converted to the "DVD format" to be enjoyed on a TV or PC.

Our Hillsborough County studio located in Tampa Florida just nine miles north of downtown Tampa converts and transfers video tapes to DVD. We also regularly serve clients from St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding areas in Pinellas County and many cities and towns in Pasco County and Hardee County by converting old film types to DVD and audio tapes to CD. To see photos of the different video formats click here.

      1. VHS to DVD
      2. VHSC, VHS Compact, VHS-C to DVD
      3. 8mm video to DVD
      4. Hi8, HI-8 to DVD
      5. Mini DV to DVD
      6. MiniDV HD to DVD
      7. Sony MicroMV to DVD
      8. Beta to DVD
      9. BetaSP to DVD
      10. Mini DVD (8cm dvds) to DVD
      11. PAL to NTSC
      12. NTSC to PAL
      13. SECAM to NTSC
      14. NTSC to SECAM
      15. Umatic, U-Matic, UCA/U-Matic to DVD
      16. Audio Tapes to CD
      17. Records and LPs Transferred to CD

If you are in the Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater area call for an appointment and bring in your video tapes or movies for us to convert. We are only 9 miles north of downtown Tampa, Florida. If you live outside of the Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk county area please call our studio prior to shipping your video and movie treasures to us.

If you would like the best quality DVDs for your old video tapes call our Tampa studio at 813-685-4343 M-F from 10-7. We also convert to dvd and slides to DVD.

We promise to convert your memories with the utmost care - the proper way!

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