Betamax to DVD transfer at Timeless DVD includes the consumer Beta format introduced by Sony in 1975. When we transfer Beta to DVD, we mean the consumer Betamax, not BetaCam or any professional variant.
A Betamax cassette is 7 1/4" wide, 4" deep, and 1" thick. It contains a half-inch-wide magnetic tape that is wound between two rolls, one of which is commonly viewable through the cassette window.
The format was derived from the professional U-matic tape. The name "Betamax" came from two sources of the root word "beta": First, the Japanese word "beta," which describes the way signals are recorded to a tape; and second, the Greek letter "beta," which has the same shape as that of the tape running through the transport. "Max," not surprisingly, simply suggests greatness – a tag that many Betamax enthusiasts would no doubt agree with!
During a Betamax transfer, the format's perceived high quality remains intact. While it was the first consumer video tape and offered superior quality to VHS, Betamax lost the "format war" due to VHS's longer tape times and JVC's effective marketing. Nevertheless, many video enthusiasts maintain Betamax is and was the superior format because it offered a slightly higher screen resolution, lower video noise, and less luma-chroma crosstalk.
Betamax has an additional place in history because it was the format used in the first-available consumer camcorder, the Betamovie (1983). (It quickly became an easy way to film your family and friends video!) Betamaxes fell out of favor by the late 1980s after spinning off into Video8, and the last machine was produced by Sony in 2002. Since good Betamax VCRs are difficult to find and maintain these days, and many Betamax tapes are at least 15–20 years old, it is absolutely advisable to transfer Betamax tapes or convert Betamax to DVD as soon as possible.
Betamax to DVD conversion quality is dependent upon the quality setting used on the tape. While tape lengths vary, a Betamax recorded in the mid-range BII mode holds around 3 hours of video. Betamaxes could record in the longer BIII mode and the shorter – but less commonly-used – BI mode. We advise that you copy Betamax to DVD as soon as you can because these tapes are aging quickly, regardless of the recording quality used.
The Betamax format displays 250 lines of resolution on the television screen, which remains during the Betamax conversion process. When you transfer tape to DVD, resolution lines remain the same.
Like S-VHS, Sony released High Band, or SuperBeta, in 1985. The resolution of a SuperBeta recording is 290 lines on a regular Betamax tape. Despite the better quality, SuperBeta was not widely adopted and most capable Betamax VCRs had switches to turn the feature off. Timeless DVD, however, can easily convert video to DVD from Super Betamax tapes.