Video Tape Transfer
At Koala Conversion, we convert almost any video tape format to a digital copy, including: VHS, MiniDV, Hi8, Digital8, Beta, and a whole lot more. We provide uncompressed, high-quality transfer of analog and digital video tapes. PAL/SECAM conversion service is also available. Output options include AVI, MOV, MP4, H.264, and DVD video. We also offer files compatible with YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Don’t forget to ask about our same day service!
Consumer Tape Formats
MiniDV is a compact tape format that stores fully digital video data. It was the last format used in tape-based camcorders. HDV is a later, high-definition variant that uses the same MiniDV tape cassette.
DVD (digital video disc) is a video storage medium that uses a laser, similar to a CD. They remain a very popular medium for playback to this day. They also come in a smaller, camcorder-sized form factor (MiniDVD) that is compatible with most DVD players.
Betamax (typically abbreviated Beta) is a consumer tape format that was at one time a popular competitor to the VHS tape during the 70’s and 80’s, but was almost entirely displaced by the more popular VHS format.
Professional Tape Formats
U-matic (or 3/4″ tape) was the first popular video cassette tape format and was introduced by Sony in 1971.
Betacam / Betacam SP
Betacam is a professional-grade video cassette format previously used extensively in the broadcast industry.
DVCAM / DVCAM-L
A professional digital video format offered by Sony based on the DV video format used in MiniDV cassettes. This format tends to be more durable and reliable than standard DV.
DVCPRO is a professional-level digital video tape medium developed by Panasonic that is a variant of DV video that was used in the electronic news industry.
Digital Betacam (or DigiBeta) is a fully digital Betacam variation heavily used in the broadcast industry.