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A high-quality videotape technology introduced by Sony in 1982. Initially an analog format with digital following later (see Digital Betacam), Betacam was designed for professional TV recording. Time codes are built into the Betacam 1/2" helical scan format to support precise editing of the recorded material. Betacam evolved from Sony's Betamax consumer format, but with a large increase in tape speed and using component video signal separation rather than composite video (see component video and composite video).

Betacam SP (Superior Performance) came out in 1986, increasing resolution from 300 to 340 lines and adding improvements to the tape and recorders. Using a larger cassette that increased time from 30 to 90 minutes, Betacam SP was widely used in professional applications until Digital Betacam took over in the late 1990s.

A Boon for Camera Operators
Although heavy by today's standards, the first Betacam camcorders were considerably lighter than the video cameras of the era. Betacam was a welcome breakthrough for cameramen shooting on location.

In 2001, Sony announced end of life for its analog Betacam camcorders; however, digital Betacam VTRs can typically play back analog cassettes, and Sony MultiPlayer VTRs support all the Betacam formats. See Digital Betacam, HDCAM, Betamax and U-matic.

BETACAM FORMATS (Half-Inch Tape)YearIntro. Version    Recording MethodANALOG

  1982  Betacam     Component Analog
  1986  Betacam SP  Component Analog
                      (metal tape)

                     Sampling Rate (n:n:n)SD DIGITAL         (Compression Method)

  1994  Digital Betacam   4:2:2 (DCT)
  1996  Betacam SX        4:2:2 (MPEG-2)
  2000  MPEG IMX          4:2:2 (MPEG-2)


  1997  HDCAM             3:1:1 (DCT)
  2003  HDCAM SR          4:4:4 (MPEG-4)

Betacam VTR and Cassettes
Betacam videotape recorders (VTRs) are not your ordinary home VCRs. Used in professional studios, they cost up to 100 times that of a consumer VHS machine. Betacam is the de facto broadcast videotape format worldwide, and cassettes come in small and large formats.
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Ahora se estan migrando a cintas magneticas de almacenamiento de datos LTO 7, los soportes originales de los cuales existe habitualmente un unico ejemplar (SDLT, Betacam SP, etc.) proceso tecnico que necesita un importante trabajo de control de calidad porque comprobamos, por ejemplo, que en ocasiones pueden faltar franjas horarias de grabacion de las emisiones.
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The INA wishes to continue the digitization of the television funds recorded on analogue video format inch BETACAM Standard, or BETACAM SP or BETA SX for the period 1987-2016.
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True component-video recording quality at composite-video price--that's the claim made by Sony for their new UVW Series Betacam SP recorders and players.
The 3 collections that rte intends to digitise are: (a) 10,300 betacam sp news tapes (b) 4,000 betacam sp programme tapes (c) 4,500 audio acetate instantaneous disks tenderers may also submit for the provision of future digitisation services at specified rates per tape and file format.
All tech credits are high quality and lensing looks impressive despite pic's temporary transfer to Betacam SP.
this invitation to tender is for the provision of video and computer magnetic media ina for the year 2015 and for the following standards: lto, gold cd-r, dvd-r, blu ray, Betacam SP, Betacam num, dv cam, cam hd, hd cam-sr, HDV, SD memory card, compact flash card, XD cam.
Camera (color, Betacam SP), Zhu; editor, Wang Shiqing.
Providing video and computer magnetic media for the year 2014 and the following standards: lto, gold cd-r, dvd-r, blu ray, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, DV cam, cam hd, hd cam-sr, HDV , memory card sd, xd cam, DVC.
Camera (colon Betacam SP), Philippe Pavans de Ceccaty, Helene Louvart; editor, Annette Dutertre; sound (Dolby), Fabien Krzyzanowski, Olivier Du Ho.
Prior Information Notice:Digitalisatie van audiovisueel archiefmateril: Betacam SP.