Betacam and U-Matic tape transfer in HD

1st Class transfer and re-mastering service

 

We have been transferring video tapes to digital formats for over 14 years. We work for Archives, Museums and TV/Film producers and broadcasters around the globe, and have an enviable client list from some of the top names in the Television and Film industry. Our video tape transfer system produces amazing re-mastered content in stunning HD. We offer the highest quality conversion between video standards, frame rates and resolutions. Up Conversion, Down Conversion, SD/HD Cross Conversion, SD/HD Standards Conversion, Noise Reduction, Adjustable Scaling, Aspect Radio Conversion, Smart Aspect and more. You can choose single or multiple output formats to suit your needs (full details further down this page).

 

For your peace of mind, we will arrange secure transport of your material between your UK address to our studios. Both the collection and return delivery is completely FREE. International orders are welcome, please contact us for shipping info.

The icing on the cake with this service has got to be the FREE Karishma Cloud account that all customers get. You can view all the quotes and orders you've ever made, track the progress of your existing order, chat directly to your editor, and best of all - we upload the films to your account so you can watch them online, and even share individual files with your clients and colleagues around the world with the easy-to-use share tools. And now there's a the very cool APP for IOS, Android and Amazon Fire giving you access to all this on-the-go.

  • Fully restored and remastered to HD
  • Supplied as digital files on USB memory stick/drive read more »
  • All tapes are cleaned and repaired
  • Scene by scene colour correction
  • Free Cloud account to enjoy your films anywhere read more »
  • Free collection & delivery from the UK read more »

Information on pro video tape formats

Tapes we can remaster in HD

We can digitally remaster all of there’s tapes from PAL/NTSC

u-matic tape

U-MATIC TAPES

1971 saw the release of Sony's U-Matic tape, U-Matic saw success from the television broadcast industry in the mid-1970s.
Tape lengths: U-Matic (Lo-Band) 74 mins, U-Matic (Hi-Band) 60 mins

Betacam tape

BETACAM AND BETACAM SP TAPES

The original Betacam format was launched on August 7, 1982 by Sony. In 1986, Betacam SP was released and became the industry standard for most TV stations.
Tape lengths: up to 194 minutes

Digital Betacam tape

DIGITAL BETACAM TAPES

Digital Betacam, AKA Digibeta or D-Beta, was introduced by Sony in 1993 as a replacement for the analog Betacam SP format.
Tape lengths: up to 124 minutes

Betacam SX tape

BETACAM SX AND MPEG IMX

Betacam SX is a digital version of Betacam SP introduced in 1996. MPEG IMX is a 2001 development of the Digital Betacam format.
Tape lengths: Betacam SX  up to 194 minutes, MPEG IMX up to 220 minutes

DVCAM tape

DVCAM AND DVCPRO

DVCPRO is a variation of DV developed by Panasonic and introduced in 1995. In 1996 Sony responded with its own professional version of DV called DVCAM.
Tape lengths: DVCPRO  up to 128 minutes, DVCAM up to 185 minutes

Consumer Video Tapes

Here at Alive Studios we can handle a wide range of consumer video tapes formats including VHS, Betamax, Hi8, MiniDV, and Micro MV.  Please see our dedicated Video transfer page.

Superior Quality Equipment

Teranex

We use the worlds most advanced video converter to transfer all your analogue and digital tapes. Finest quality conversion between video standards, frame rates and resolutions. Teranex features proprietary and patented PixelMotion de-interlacing algorithms so you get improved image quality by maintaining vertical resolution. Also includes temporal recursive noise reduction.

 

With any tape conversion we always use the highest quality professional decks featuring auto video head cleaning, All tapes are also cleaned before transfer.

Digital output formats

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Digital (MPEG)

The most versatile format is the Digital HD. Works on any computer, phone, tablet or TV. (Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android TV, AppleTV and SmartTV). Take your movies with you, and share them with your friends and family Anytime, Anywhere. We give you one file for each tape, named or numbered as you like. We deliver the files on a USB hard-drive/USB Stick. You can provide your own, or buy one of ours. from just £12.

 

★ Digital HD Data Rate: 10mb/s 4.6GB/hr

ProRes

is the perfect choice if you wish to edit your tapes on a computer, whether it's a Windows PC or an Apple Mac. ProRes is a high quality, HD QuickTime file which works with all the major editing programs. If you're not sure if your software is compatible,  download and try our sample file. Click here to get it. We give you one file for each tape on a USB hard-drive/USB Stick. You can provide your own, or buy one of ours. from just £12.

 

★ ProRes 422 HD Data Rate: 147mb/s 55GB/hr

Free Karishma Cloud account

It's Netflix for your home movies

free 60 days with every order

 

Karishma Cloud is exclusive to Alive Studios customers - where all your home movies are waiting for you and your family to access and enjoy Anytime, Anywhere…

 

Log in via your computer, or download the free APP to your phone or tablet so you can take your memories with you wherever you go. We also have the Android TV, Apple TV Amazon and Fire TV APPs making all your home movies available onDemand from the comfort of your living room. It’s as easy as calling up Netflix - only with Karishma Cloud, you are the star of every episode!

 

Log in online to make changes to the running order and titles of your movies, create multiple user logins for all your friends and family so they can share the experience. Chat directly with your dedicated editor to ensure your films are created just the way you want them. There’s so much you can do, just visit this page for more info.

 

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Ordering is so easy!

  1. Build your order using the 'Build My Order' button below.Free collection and delivery truck
  2. Print off the order-form.
  3. Wrap your films securely and place in a box with your order-form.
  4. Send your box your self, or use our FREE collection service.

 

Or order by Phone

You can order with us over the phone.

lines are open 9.00am to 5:30pm weekdays. Tel: 0800 0830561

 

FREE Collection Service

We are happy to arrange our courier to collect your cine films from your work or home address. We'll provide you with a convenient one hour time slot by text and/or email. Collection is completely free for any size order. (UK mainland only, Scottish highlands & Islands excluded).

 

FREE Delivery Service

Delivery back to you is completely FREE on ALL orders, no matter how large or small. As with our collection service, we even provide you with a precise one hour delivery window so you don't have to wait in all day.

 

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u-matic tape
Betacam tape
Digital Betacam tape
Betacam SX tape
DVCAM tape

Teranex
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  1. Free collection and delivery truck

Betacam and U-Matic tape transfer in HD

Transfer to HD £125 per tape

1st Class transfer and re-mastering service

We have been transferring video tapes to digital formats for over 14 years. We work for Archives, Museums and TV/Film producers and broadcasters around the globe, and have an enviable client list from some of the top names in the Television and Film industry. Our video tape transfer system produces amazing re-mastered content in stunning HD. We offer the highest quality conversion between video standards, frame rates and resolutions. Up Conversion, Down Conversion, SD/HD Cross Conversion, SD/HD Standards Conversion, Noise Reduction, Adjustable Scaling, Aspect Radio Conversion, Smart Aspect and more. You can choose single or multiple output formats to suit your needs (full details further down this page).

 

For your peace of mind, we will arrange secure transport of your material between your UK address to our studios. Both the collection and return delivery is completely FREE. International orders are welcome, please contact us for shipping info.

 

The icing on the cake with this service has got to be the FREE Karishma Cloud account that all customers get. You can view all the quotes and orders you've ever made, track the progress of your existing order, chat directly to your editor, and best of all - we upload the films to your account so you can watch them online, and even share individual files with your clients and colleagues around the world with the easy-to-use share tools. And now there's a the very cool iPhone APP giving you access to all this on-the-go.

  • Fully restored and remastered to HD
  • Supplied as digital files read more »
  • All tapes are cleaned and repaired
  • Scene by scene colour correction
  • Enjoy your films in the cloud read more »
  • Free collection & delivery read more »

 

u-matic tape
Betacam tape
Digital Betacam tape
Betacam SX tape
DVCAM tape

Teranex
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  1. Free collection and delivery truck