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Converting Betamax to Digital and DVD

Including Betamax to Digital, DVD, MP4, AVI, MOV, Mac, usb, mp3 and Blu ray transfers - San Diego

Betamax conversion service

How do you watch or transfer Betamax tapes to DVD or a digital file without a vcrbetamax to dvd and digital conversion if you no longer have one? They stopped making betamax vcrs years ago and it’s getting harder to find one in good working condition.

Betamax tapes start to fade 7-10 years after video is recorded on them. With every year that goes by video quality gets worse as the video information gradually disappears from the tape. The time to convert your videos is now before they get any worse.

We convert Betamax to DVD, Gold Archival DVDs, CD, blu ray, usb and digital files including MP4, AVI and MOV, for editing or uploading to the web.

What makes our Betamax to DVD and digital services better?

All Betamax transfers performed in our studio – Faster Service

We never send our clients’ family memories overseas or to any other transfer factory. All video transfer orders are done right here in our San Diego studio. This enables us to provide a better quality transfer and faster turnaround than most other companies. Most orders are completed in less than 2 weeks, many within a few days!

Pricing based on actual length of the video

Most transfer services will charge you the same price per tape, whether your video is 2 hours or 5 minutes. You’ll save with our flexible pricing that is based on the actual length of each tape. Bring in all of your videos and save even more with our volume packages.

Digital conversion to MP4, AVI and MOV

Sunray was one of the first companies to provide betamax to digital conversion service. After converting your video to MP4, AVI or MOV files, they can be put onto a USB flash drive or external hard drive for your convenience.

AVI and MOV files offer the best quality. MP4 files are more compact as they are compressed to 1/10 the size of AVI or MOV. AVI and MOV are also better for editing purposes should you decide to do that.

Many places only offer MP4 versions of your videos. We offer AVI, MOV and MP4 formats for your convenience.

First to transfer video to true Archival Gold DVDs

Your family videos cannot be replaced and it’s important to preserve them as long as possible. That’s the reason we became one of the first companies to transfer Betamax to Gold Archival DVDs. Their 100 year lifespan makes it one of the longest lasting media options available for saving your videos.

Volume level adjustment option

In cases where the sound is too quiet on the tape, we can raise the volume during the transfer if you choose that option. Most video transfer companies will leave the volume as it is.

 

These are just a few of the reasons people choose Sunray Video for transferring their videos. We’ve listed more reasons below. Very few video transfer services can match the variety, quality and fast service we provide. Our reviews say it all.

Bring in your videos today to get your FREE estimate! Or give us a call 858-578-4786

 

Don’t take our word for it, see what our clients had to say.

Very Knowledgeable

We had Sunray Video digitally convert our collection of family Video tapes (from 1986-mid-90s) to AVI. My family and I were concerned that the old tapes would no longer read, but we were so pleasantly surprised with the quality. I spoke directly with Kirk on several occasions before and during the process. He was very knowledgeable and flexible working with us. We first sent him 5 of our 10 tapes to check them for quality, before sending the rest. What a relief to have finally converted these old gems, full of memories!

Rachel HB

Thank You for Your Fine Work

My daughter had you prepare a video for our 50th wedding anniversary. I'm writing to thank you for your fine work. There wasn't a dry eye in the house! Everyone really enjoyed it and it will be cherished for the rest of our lives.

Warren P.

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Which format is the best for transferring Betamax?

To answer this we must first determine what you plan to do with your video. Do you plan to watch it on TV only, watch it on a computer or do you plan to edit the video? The following options and descriptions may help with your decision.

Betamax to CD vs DVD vs Blu ray

On occasion someone will ask about converting Betamax to CD. Often they are confusing CD with DVD as the discs look very similar.

Converting Betamax to CD

CDs are not really designed for video, they only hold up to about 700mb of information which is not a lot. CDs were originally designed for music, audio and data and that’s what they are best used for. If you just want the audio portion from the video then CDs are a good option, but you’ll be limited to about 70 minutes or so. CDs will play on CD, DVD and blu ray players.

Converting Betamax to DVD

When movies first became available on disc they were put on DVDs. DVDs hold up to 4.7GB of information or about 2 hours of video. If you think you’re only going to watch your Betamax videos on your TV using a DVD or Blu ray player then a DVD will be the best option.  We recommend putting them on a 24k Gold Archival DVD that will last longer than any other media currently available.

DVDs will play on DVD players, blu ray players and on computers equipped with a DVD drive and appropriate DVD player software.

Converting Betamax to Blu ray

Blu ray discs were created for high definition video as they hold a lot more data (25GB) than regular DVDs. Betamax tapes are considered standard definition so there isn’t really any significant benefit for putting them on a blu ray disc. Blu ray would be a better choice for HDV or hi-def camcorder footage. The biggest disadvantage for using Blu ray discs is that they will only play on blu ray players.

Learn more about the difference between CD, DVD and Blu ray

 

Betamax to Digital vs DVD

Not everyone has a disc player these days, so on occasion we get requests to convert Betamax to digital files such as MP4, MOV and AVI. We were one of the first companies to offer this option.

Betamax to Digital File Conversion (Betamax to usb)

If you don’t own a DVD or Blu ray player and plan to watch your video on a computer only or you want to have the video edited, converting your Betamax tape to a digital file may be a better choice. Your video can then be put onto a usb flash or hard drive.

Editing video from a DVD is not ideal since the video is compressed and may produce a lower quality final product.  You’ll also need special software to “rip” the video from the disc into an editable file format.

Converting Betamax to AVI or MOV (Betamax to Mac)

If you want the best quality digital file, then we recommend converting your Betamax to AVI or MOV format. If you want to edit your videos then either of these should work. Both formats are not compressed like MP4 and can be recognized by most video editing programs. AVI is a native file format for PCs and MOV is native for MACs. 1 hour of video in AVI or MOV will take 13GB of drive space.

Converting Betamax to MP4

If you want to upload your videos to the web or share them with others (without editing) you may want to have them digitized to an MP4 file.  This will keep the file size smaller as this is the most compressed file format.  It us commonly used by YouTube.  Many of the modern TVs have a USB port that will accommodate a flash drive and can play MP4 files. 1 hour of video in MP4 will take 1.3GB of drive space.

Gold DVDs last longer than a hard drive or flash drive

If you’re thinking about storing your videos on a hard drive, keep in mind that the average lifespan for a traditional-style (spinning platter) hard drive is about 5-7 years before they crash or seize up.  For this reason they are not the best option for long-term archival storage of your videos, so you may want to put them on a Gold Archival DVD instead.

Converting Betamax to MP3

Converting Betamax to mp3 could be considered the same as converting video to audio. If you only want the audio portion from a video then mp3 is an option. If you want to keep the video and the audio then AVI, MOV or MP4 make more sense.

For additional information available on converting to DVD vs digital refer to our blog article on choosing a format for converting video to DVD or digital.

If you’re still not sure what format to get, give us a call. We’ll make sure you get what you need.

Betamax to Digital and DVD Pricing and Conversion Options:

We offer 4 options for transferring your video tapes to digital form:

  1. Betamax to DVD includes: 1 standard DVD copy.
  2. Betamax to Archival Gold includes: 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy and 1 standard DVD copy.
  3. Betamax to Digital file only includes: Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 file/s. No DVDs in this package.
  4. Betamax to Gold DVD & digital file package includes: Put onto 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy, 1 standard DVD copy and digitized to AVI, MOV or MP4 file.

Betamax

<30 minutes<60 minutes<120 minutes<180 minutes
to Standard DVD$13/tape$18/tape$23/tape$40/tape
to Gold DVD$17/tape$24/tape$31/tape$54/tape
to AVI/MOV/MP4*$19/tape$27/tape$35/tape$60/tape
to Gold DVD & file*$28/tape$39/tape$50/tape$85/tape

Volume discounts for orders over 15 tapes.

*Price does not include Hard drive or Flash drive.
All video transfer orders under $30 will be charged a minimum transfer charge of $30.

Additional Services Available

  • Add chapters to DVD: $ 5.00 per chapter
  • Additional Gold DVD copies: $15.00 per disc / Get 3 Gold copies for $40
    (Each gold disc comes with a FREE standard dvd copy)
  • Additional Standard DVD copies: $ 8.00 per disc  / Get 3 copies for $18 / Get 5 for $25
How to Order

Step 1: Make sure each tape has its own unique label on it. We will use that label for the chapter title on the DVD or the file name for a digital file. Keep the title short, less than 30 characters.

Step 2: Decide what format you want your videos converted to, DVDs or digital files (MP4, AVI or MOV). If you only want DVDs skip to Step 4.

Step 3: DIGITAL FILEs: What file format do you want them in: AVI, MOV or MP4?  Will you be providing your own external USB hard drive or flash drive or do you want us to add one to the order?  If you’re providing your own, don’t forget to include it with your videos. If you don’t want any DVDs skip to Step 8.

Step 4: DVDs: For transfer to DVDs: If the tapes are less than 2 hours each, do you want us to combine them to fill up each 2 hour DVD? This will conserve space in your media cabinet. Is it okay for us to split any tape over 2 discs if it will not fit?

Step 5: Number the video tapes in the order you want them to appear on the DVDs (if you have a preference).

Step 6: Decide how you want your DVDs to be labeled. How do you want it to read? This is just for your benefit so that one day in the future, when you pull out the DVD you’ll know what’s on it. (Example:  Smith Family Videos)

Step 7: Do you want your videos on Gold Archival 100-year DVDs? Will you need any additional DVD copies for anyone else? How many?

Step 8: Do you have any 8mm or 16mm films you need transferred to DVD or digital files? Do you have any photos or slides you need scanned to digital files? This would be a good time to get them together and bring in with your videos.

Step 9: Now you’re ready to bring your videos to Sunray for transfer. Select the option below for dropping them off in person or ordering by mail. If you prefer to ship them to us, we recommend using a courier such as UPS or FedEx for shipping as they have good tracking systems so you’ll know where the package is at all times. 

Order by Mail

Have questions?

Call us at 858-578-4786

Why choose Sunray Video for your Betamax to DVD or digital transfer?

Before you send your money and irreplaceable memories out to be converted, you’re entitled to know what’s going to happen with them. Most companies say very little about their actual transfer process or how their process compares with others. You shouldn’t have to make such an important decision based solely on price. We think there are some things you should know about our process.

Experienced Technicians and Editors
Our technicians have over 16 years of experience in converting video. We can help you determine what format you have and what format will best suit your needs. Our editors have over 22 years experience in editing video and can help you edit your video.

True 100 Year Gold Archival DVD
Do not be fooled by imitation archival DVDs.  So called 100 year discs are not the same as the true Gold Archival DVD.  Gold DVDs will last much longer than standard DVDs.

Transfer rates based on length of video
Our rates are determined by the length of video on each tape.  You won’t be charged the full price for shorter videos like most other transfer companies.

Volume Discounts
We offer discounts based on how many tapes you bring in for transfer.

Did you know?

  • Magnetic video tape was only designed for 7-10 years of optimal use. After that the image quality will begin to deteriorate. As more time goes by, more information is lost in the recording.
  • Betamax VCR’s are no longer made and it gets harder every day to find working machines that will play these tapes. Don’t wait any longer to transfer them if you have any.

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