How Does the Betamax Transfer Service Work?

When we transfer Betamax into digital video, we can help you preserve your legacy forever. To do so by hand, we use high-quality professional equipment that is designed to give the best result possible.

Our Betamax to digital service can preserve your old tapes in 3 simple steps:

Create your order using the button below. Then, gather your Betamax home videos and any information that you want to give us.

Send us your Betamax tapes. You can add a shipping label during the Capture checkout process and then drop it off at your local UPS store.

In less than 30 days, you will receive your new digital copies as well as your original Betamax videotape format in the same condition (or better if they require repairs or cleaning).

Why Should You Convert Betamax to Digital Versions?

There are many reasons to update the video format using a video transfer service, including: :

The magnetic tape in your Betamax video cassette will deteriorate over time. So, transferring them into digital files can preserve those cherished moments for future generations.

When you convert your Betamax tapes, you protect them from floods, fires, theft, natural disasters, or any other catastrophe. .

As soon as your Betamax home movies are digitized, you can rename, archive, and add additional information for easy accessibility and organization.

Betamax cassettes are bulky and take up a lot of space, but digital downloads, DVDs, and USB flash drives can be stored almost anywhere. Plus, you can store the digital files for playback on your computer, hard drive, or in the cloud using iCloud or Google Photos.

As systems that can play Beta tapes become more obsolete, it’s important to update the videotape format to a digital version so that future loved ones can view your home movies.

When you convert Betamax to digital, you ensure that all your friends and family can enjoy the films without fighting over a single video and audio cassette. Plus, it is easy to share digital video files around the globe though social media and email.

After a Betamax tape transfer, you can use platforms like Google Photos to take advantage of modern features like search and reminder tools.

With digital versions of your home videos, you can use your own video editing software to improve the quality of your memories recorded with a Betacam recorder or even create new family memories by combining old footage with new digital video.

What Options are There to Convert Betamax to Digital?

There are several different choices when it comes to digitizing your Mini DV tapes, each offers its own set of pros and cons.

These are converters that use AVI cables to attach to your existing Betamax player and computer to turn the analog cassettes into DVD transfers or digital copies (you can also use a JVC cable to connect directly from your Betacam). These options are fairly easy to use but can be time-consuming and may not produce the best quality. You can get a VIDBOX option on Amazon for $59.99 that works for Mac, Windows PC, or both.


  • Affordable
  • Easy DIY


  • Mediocre video quality
  • Time-consuming (most options transfer during real time playback)
  • Must already have a Betamax player

If you have a Betamax player, then you can simply use a tripod to set up a digital camera or smartphone to record home videos while they play. This is a cheap and easy way to preserve Betamax tapes, especially if they are deteriorating, but the quality will be subpar at best.


  • Affordable (as long as you already have a smartphone or digital camera)
  • Easy


  • Time consuming
  • Will record outside noise
  • Low quality may show glares, dust, debris, and jitters

Our Betamax to digital services will transfer your Betamax tapes with fast and friendly service, professional high-quality results, and affordable prices.


  • Affordable rates starting at $28.99 for the first two hours of Betamax film (and $28.99 for every 2 hours after)
  • Professional results that are guaranteed or we will reprocess your Betamax free of charge
  • Fast process in less than 30 days compared to the industry average of 70+ days


  • We don’t enhance colors or improve the resolution of your home videos (but you can use video editing software on the digital copies yourself!)

What Makes Capture the Best Betamax Transfer Service?

Trusted by top retail brands

We have exclusive partnerships with major retailer brands like Costco, Walmart, Google Photos, and CVS.

A state-of-the-art tracking and security system

By tracking your media every step of the way, you can have peace of mind knowing that your precious memories are in good hands.

Guaranteed results

If you’re dissatisfied with the results, we will reprocess your Betamax tapes for free.

Auto integration with Google Photos

Automatically transfer your digital copies to your library using API integration (or upload media to your iCloud account with our help!).

Sensitive information protection

Our secure Memory Cloud storage system guarantees only customers have access to their memories.

Complementary backup

We offer a complimentary 60-day backup of your digitized videotapes, so your memories are never lost.

Fast Turnaround Time

You will receive your digital transfer (and original media) within 30 days instead of the industry standard of 70+ days.

Quality Care

We handle your analog Betamax memories with care while creating priceless digital heirlooms that are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Media Repairs

We fix minor issues with your Betamax including mild ribbon damage and mold on your magnetic tape.

Rated 4.9/5

12 Million Happy Customers


They did an excellent job! The transfer of my vhs camcorder cassette to dvd looks great, and I had good email updates throughout the process to know where it was at.



I highly recommend Capture for VHS to DVD transfers. They do quality work. The music they use to showcase certain footage enhances the quality and the memories.



It was amazing what you did to digitize my 40 year old movies. They appear to be better than the original movie itself. Picture quality is very sharp and crisp.


M. Camp

This means so much to me – you don't know. My dad was a movie taker, and now it's me who is passing along the tradition.


Frequently Asked Questions

During the videotape format war in the 1970s and 1980s, Betamax was a direct competitor of VHS tapes. Betamax was developed by Sony (after their original attempt with Sony U-matic) and offered some different features including higher resolution, smaller cassettes, and higher recording capacity. Over time, other Beta tapes were developed, including the higher quality Betacam SP.

On their own, Betamax tapes aren’t worth much, but the memories contained on them are priceless. That’s why it is important to convert Betamax to digital before the old tapes deteriorate and lose their viewability.

No. A standard VCR is designed to play VHS tapes. To view Betamax tapes on anything other than a Betamax player, you will need to transfer them into VHS, DVD, USB flash drive, or digital copies.

As long as you have a Betamax player, then you can use a converter system to transfer your memories into digital format yourself, but it is time-consuming and may not offer the best quality.

y using Capture, you can convert Betamax into digital download, DVD, or USB drive copies. Plus, we will secure your cherished memories for 60 days with our complimentary backup.