How To Convert Beta Tapes to VHS

Watching movies has been a favorite pastime of a great majority of people. Through the years, home video players have evolved. A lot of people have watched and even collected various videos in the form of beta cassette tapes since its debut in the mid 70's. But when VHS cassette tapes became the new standard during the latter part of decade, it surpassed its rival, the beta cassette tapes. The home video industry has become a part of the VHS vs. Beta tapes rivalry, where VHS cassette tapes had succeeded in the end. The edge that VHS had over Beta tapes were mainly due to the following parameters: extended playing time, faster rewinds and fast forwards, higher picture quality, and a less-difficult and cheaper tape transport mechanism.

Now, over the decades, you may have never let go of those old beta tapes that you collected. Of course, it would be nice to see these videos once again however; finding a decent Betamax player to play it on can be quite a challenge. The next best thing to achieve the goal of watching these videos with relative ease is to transfer it to the VHS format. This will help you save the video on a more standard video format that is not a lost technology just yet.

  • Prepare the equipment. You will need a VHS player, Betamax player, a television set and all the connecting cables that comes along the with all these old and vintage devices. The beta tape containing the video that you want to convert must be in good condition as well. That means the actual film tape inside the case should still be readable. Finally, you will need a blank VHS tape to complete your materials.
  • Connect everything. Connect the VHS player, the Beta player and the TV using the matching colored cables. Make sure that each colored cable is attached to the proper input/output slot. Do not forget to connect the TV to the player. The use of the TV will guide you in the process of the transfer of video. Basically, you will want the output of the Betamax to connect to the input of the TV and the output of the TV should be connected to the input of the VHS. While the beta tape plays, the video will be displayed on the TV. While the video is playing, the VHS will start recording the video from the TV.
  • Start the conversion. Once the VHS player, Betamax and the TV are already connected, you can now start with the recording of the video from the beta tape to the VHS tape. Insert the tapes in their respective players. With the TV as the guide, locate the video on the beta tape that you want to record and play it. At the same time, press the record button on the VHS player. Stop both players once you complete the recording. If you want to momentarily pause the recording while you scan for the other scenes that you want recorded from the beta tape, then do so. Just press the record button again later when you want to resume. Timing is of the essence at this stage.

Please be reminded that it is very important to consider storing your tapes, VHS or beta properly in order to preserve the valuable footage in them. A place that is dust free, with minimal light, and has a normal temperature is an ideal storage place for these tapes to live for another few decades.


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