A Brief History of Broadcast Video Formats

Today, the vast majority of broadcast footage is shot with digital equipment — but that’s a relatively recent development.  For decades, analog formats like Betacam and U-Matic were standard, and even after the introduction of Digital Betacam (DigiBeta), many broadcasters...
August 1, 2022

Betacam to Digital Conversion: Planning Your Project

Your video archives need to be accessible to be useful. If your Betacam cassettes are sitting in storage, they’re not practically accessible — and locating footage from a single cassette might be an insurmountable task. Converting from obsolete formats such...
July 12, 2022

Building a Better Content Management System for Digital Video Conversion

If your organization needs to digitize a large quantity of videos or audio tapes, you’ll need to consider the challenges of at-scale content management.  In many cases, content management is the most labor-intensive (and expensive) component of video digitization. It’s...
July 8, 2022

Sony U-matic: Analog to Digital Conversion for Video Professionals

Sony’s ¾” U-matic cassette format was an industry standard for broadcast and post-production professionals through the 1970s and 1980s. Like all analog formats, U-matic had serious limitations — some U-matic decks were prone to technical issues that resulted in tape...
June 16, 2022

The History of Sony Betacam SP

For nearly three decades, Beta SP was the standard for broadcasting and professional video archival work. With a low cost per cassette and outstanding quality compared to competing formats, Beta SP was one of the most successful (and profitable) analog...
June 1, 2022

What is Betacam SP’s Resolution?

The Betacam SP format has a horizontal resolution of 340 lines. This was an improvement over the original Betacam format, which had a resolution of 300 lines. To accomplish this improvement, Betacam SP used metal-formulated tape, as opposed to its...
May 20, 2022

Can You Transfer U-Matic to Digital Video Formats?

U-matic tapes can be converted to digital video formats, including formats compliant with standards like Sony D-1.  However, due to the age of the U-matic medium, we strongly recommend working with professional video technicians to ensure the highest quality output....
May 17, 2022

Converting Betacam SP to Digital Formats

Introduced in 1986, Betacam SP (also called Beta SP) quickly became the default standard for professional video post-production. The format offered several key improvements over the original Betacam, and Beta SP cassettes could accommodate 90 minutes of high-quality recording. Since...
May 9, 2022

Betacam and Betacam SP Video Conversion: Key Factors

For decades, Betacam formats were an established standard in video production. Analog Betacam tapes dramatically improved on the quality of the widely used U-Matic format. When Sony transitioned to Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, and Betacam SX, broadcasters and other video...
May 6, 2022

Converting Analog Video to Digital: Questions to Ask Service Providers

The VCRs of the world are breaking down. Functioning film projectors are increasingly hard to find. Tapes and film degrade with every viewing. To preserve your analog video collection — and to share it in digital channels, from Facebook to...
August 18, 2021