Betacam

AKA
Beta, Betacam SP
Era
1982–2006
Format
analog
Format2
Cassette
Developed by
Sony
Manufacturers
Sony
Market
Industry/Education, Professional
(Max) Capacity
Short: 63 minutes Long: 194 minutes
Size
Short: 15.6 × 9.6 × 2.5 cm Long: 25.4 × 14.5 × 2.5 cm
Color
Color
Encoding
Component
Tape type
Oxide
Tape width
1/2"
Bandwidth
N/A
Fun facts
This format is a higher- quality successor of Betamax intended for professional broadcast use instead of home consumer use; unlike Betamax, Betacam became the dominant broadcast format of its era & market
A blank Betamax tape can work on a Betacam deck and a Betacam tape can be used to record in a Betamax deck (although this practice is not recommended)
Betacam came in several different formats; they all use the same cassette sizes but had different shell colors
"Short" Betacam SP tapes can be recorded in extended play in an ED-Beta camcorder, quadrupling the length of content, but reducing its quality significantly.
"Short" Betacam SP tapes can be recorded in extended play in an ED-Beta camcorder, quadrupling the length of content, but reducing its quality significantly.