Are you keen to transfer your video to DVD in Denver? If so, you need to understand what is possible. There are a lot of different formats of videotape out there. Which ones can you transfer onto DVD or digital media? Here at Reborn, we are specialists in digitization and converting video to DVD. That enables us to provide you with an expert guide to all the tape formats that we can transfer.
¾ U-Matic Tape
Sony first created this professional videotape format in 1971. It was an early video format that contained videotape in a cassette. At that time, this made it stand apart from the other formats on the market, which had open reels.
Developed in 1975 by Sony, Betamax was originally believed to be a better quality tape than its rival, VHS. Nevertheless, it eventually lost out during the 1980s to VHS and disappeared from use.
Created in 1976 by JVC, the VHS videotape was part of a war against Sony’s Betamax format. During the 1970s and ’80s, consumers struggled to decide which camp they were in. They could not decide if they preferred Betamax or VHS. Eventually, however, VHS emerged as the victor in the battle. VHS reigned supreme until the arrival of DVDs in the 1990s.
Developed in 1979 by Phillips, Video 2000 was a VCR system for consumers designed to rival Betamax and VHS. While it offered a number of innovative features, unfortunately, it lost out to its larger rivals. Production on this system ended in 1988.
Designed in 1982, VHS-C was a compact format based on a standard VHS videotape. Even today, it is possible to play this format back if you have an adapter and a regular VHS VCR.
Created in 1982, Sony designed the Betacam format to replace the ¾” U-Matic format.
Video8, Digital8, and Hi8 Tapes
Sony developed all three of these formats in the 1980s and 1990s. In the 1990s, they were very popular choices for consumers who liked to use camcorders. This was because of their compact format and their high quality.
Made by leading video camera recorder producers, the MiniDV first appeared in 1998. The tape recorded the film in DV (digital) just like Digital8 tapes. A MiniDV could hold up to one hour of SP footage or 90 minutes of EP footage.
Designed by Sony in 2001, the MicroMV videotape format was the smallest videotape format out there. A MicroMV was 70 percent smaller than the MiniDV cassette.
MiniDVDs were not tapes. They were recordable 8cm DVD discs that people used in a DVD-based camcorder. There were several variants with some offering as much as 5.2 gigabytes of storage.
Do you have precious home movies stored on one of these formats? If so, we at Reborn can digitize them for you. We can convert video to DVD in Denver so you can watch your films over and over again.