U-matic was an analogue recording format launched by Sony in 1971. It was one of the first cassette based formats. It has been widely adapted in the professional media industry with adaptation for News Gathering Cameras. Small tapes are ca. 7.6 in (Length) x 5 .0 in (Height). Large tapes ca. 9.1 in (Length) x 5.9 in (Height).
Video SD Formats
Video HD Formats
BetaCam is the standard pro-video format on tape. We support the full range of BetaCam SD Family from Analog BetaCam, BetaCam SP, BetaCam SX, DigiBeta to IMX.
DVCPro is digital video format popular in new gathering. Based on DV specification, it evolved to several variants and codecs. For the HD format, see the HD tab.
DV/DVCam formats are a digital video formats using intra-frame video compression. We support all DV / DVCam formats. This includes DV and MiniDV.
VHS is a standard for consumer-level analog video recording. We support VHS family including S-VHS as well as VHS-C.
U-matic is one of the first cassette based analog video recording fomats.
BetaMax is a consumer consume analog-recording used also in professional markets.
8mm Video Family
We support 8mm video tape formats for Analogue 8mm (Video8), Hi8 and Digital8.
XDCam is an optical storage format base don Blu Ray technology in XDCam file format.
1in B/C Format
1 in Type C is a professional reel-to-reel analog videotape format from the end 1970s.
D-2 is an early professional digital videocassette format. It was introduced in 1988 by Ampex.
D-3 is a digital SD format with an uncompressed composite digital video format which was released in the early 1990s.
The HDCam format was a popular HD format based on the BetaCam design. For the highest quality HDCam SR version, please contact us.
DVCPro HD was the HD version of DVCPro with 100 Mbps. However, the digital format did not store true HD and was downsampled on the horizontal resolution during recording.
HDV is based on DV format and has heavily compressed MPEG2 8-bit 4.2.0 recording.
XDCam HD stored MPEG based video files on a optical disc based on 8-bit compressed video file with color sampling in 4:2:0 or 4:2:2.
1/4in Open Reel
The gold standard until the 1990's. Speeds generally vary from 2.38 cm/s to 76.2 cm/s. Please let us know in the order notes the speed of the recording.
DAT was one of the first mainstream digital recording tape formats. Recording was on 32 kHz at 12 bits, and 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz at 16 bits
The Audio compact cassette format was the mainstream format in consumer and even professional environments for decades.
Microcassettes was the main formats for dictation systems and some answering machines.
8mm/Super 8mm Film
Originally developed by Eastman Kodak at the start of the 1930s, the 8mm was widely used in the amateur recording market before video tape camcorders entered the market.
16mm film was and often still is popular with many amateur film makers and even professionals. Originally, it was introduced as the cheaper alternative to the expensive 35mm film.
35mm is the dominant film standard in the motion pictures industry. It dates back to the work of Thomas Edison. There are different aspect ratios for 35mm.
Other Film Services
Film is a difficult format which requires in many cases custom assessment and adapted offers. If you need splicing, repair, cleaning etc. and other film services, please contact us for a quote.
Note: Please contact us for film with deformation (shrinkage), deterioration (vinegar syndrome) and nitrate film as
these are not included in the pricing and require a special quote and individual project support and handling.
Digital Format and Delivery Options
We deliver in most production formats from ProRes over MPEG2 to DNxHD as well as options for low resolution Proxy files. Many of our archival clients also require preservation formats in lossless long term preservation formats. You can chose the right format options for your needs when you order. If you do not find the right format, please contact us and we will try to offer an options or suitable alternative.
The digital master files can be delivered on Flash Drive/HDD, LTO or into Cloud storage buckets (AWS and Azrue supported). Please remember that file sizes can be significant. Click the button below to find more about formats and delivery.