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Betamax to HD-DVD Converter

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April 01, 2008, 02:25 AM
Bibo (Jim Nichols)
Betamax to HD-DVD Converter
ThinkGeek now has a Betamax to HD-DVD Converter And lots of other new items this month Wink


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April 01, 2008, 09:25 AM
Dave
Please click on the BetaMax to HD-DVD in action link. Very informative! Big Grin


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April 01, 2008, 08:22 PM
Calvin
Ordered 2 in the past hour. Can't wait for delivery!

Whoo Hoo!


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April 02, 2008, 07:44 AM
Elaine
I am waiting for somebody else to ask but I guess the person will be me.....
Will this converter convert my old commercial VHS movies such as "Uncle Buck" etc. or only convert my family home movies that I had created?
Please forgive me as I am cringing as I ask.
April 02, 2008, 08:01 AM
Dave
It will only convert BetaMax tapes to HD-DVD.... won't do VHS.

Please visit the site again and click on the link that shows the unit in action. I believe that will make it clearer to you Wink


Dave McGuire
President - MacGroup Detroit

"What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?"
April 02, 2008, 08:38 AM
Chuck M
$29 is an excellent price. I wonder what the conversion quality will be???? Roll Eyes

To the best of my knowledge, a Canopus ADVC 110 (or some member of that family) is the best value on the market. It converts VHS or Beta to a digital (Firewire) input for a Mac video app (like iMovie) to capture. You can perform whatever editing you require (e.g., Chapters, choosing compression quality, hopefully choosing the MPEG2 format, etc.), and then burn a DVD-R on good (i.e., expensive) Verbatim disks using your favorite burning software.
April 02, 2008, 09:30 AM
Donna
If anyone has or gets one of these, I have one precious 5 minute tape that I need to get in current format. It is from 1976 and is of my daughter. I have it around here someplace. It is a reel though, if I remember correctly. I don't think it was a cassette. I know it was whatever portable video cameras took then. I remember it was very wide and definitely not VHS.
April 02, 2008, 10:47 AM
Jack Beckman
OK, for those of you who still haven't gotten it, it's an April Fools's joke: one dead format (beta) to another (HD-DVD).


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April 02, 2008, 12:16 PM
Donna
Alas, I pretty well thought it was a hoax, but, on the off chance it was not, I thought I'd ask. Does anyone know where I can get a 5-minute really old video tape converted. It is pre VHS, pretty wide, and I assume it is Betamax.
April 02, 2008, 01:16 PM
Chuck Reti
quote:
Originally posted by Donna:
Alas, I pretty well thought it was a hoax, but, on the off chance it was not, I thought I'd ask. Does anyone know where I can get a 5-minute really old video tape converted. It is pre VHS, pretty wide, and I assume it is Betamax.

Beta format tape is 1/2inch, like VHS, and the shell was roughly the same size.
It's possible you have a 3/4" UMatic tape. Is there anything printed or embossed on the plastic shell, like a number or brand?
April 02, 2008, 01:17 PM
Jack Beckman
If it's Betamax, I can do it. Email me at jbeckman at beckmanjm dot com.

(Yes, I still have at least *2* working Betamax recorders!)


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Professor Hubert Farnsworth: “Nothing is impossible. Not if you can imagine it. That’s what being a scientist is all about.”
Cubert J. Farnsworth: “No, that’s what being a magical elf is all about.”

April 02, 2008, 01:54 PM
Chuck M
I actually own a Beta tape. The magnetic coating might peel off if I play it. It's 28 years old!!!


By the way Calvin, I'd like to use your purchased item.