Capture Offers the Fastest Way to Transfer Betamax to Digital 

Capture can help you turn your old Betamax tapes into a downloadable digital format, DVD, or USB flash drive to ensure your family memories are never lost.

Plus, our service is the fastest in the industry: we can transfer Betamax into digital video in less than 30 days, much faster than the industry average of 70 days or longer.

We also have an exclusive partnership with Google Photos, allowing us to seamlessly auto-transfer your videos to your Google Photos library.

It is easy for you to organize, share, and relive your most precious memories.

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Why Should You Convert Betamax to Digital Versions?

Betamax tapes wear out and deteriorate over time, so transferring them to a digital video in cloud storage to be preserved 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.

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Betamax to Digital Converter

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

Use Camera to Record

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

Capture Betamax Transfer Service

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 $29.99 for the first two hours of Betamax film (and $29.99 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?

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100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

We stand behind the quality of our work and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for every order. If you're not happy with the results, we'll start over and make it right.

State-of-the-Art Tracking and Security

We’ve invested a fortune to protect your fortune. Our proprietary system tracks your media every step of the way, ensuring its privacy and security at all times.

Trusted by Top Retail brands

Capture (and our parent company YesVideo) has been the brand backing major retailer brands like Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and CVS all across the US.

Complimentary 60-Day Backup

Preserve your memories worry-free with Capture's complimentary 60-day backup for every purchase. Access your memories anytime and anywhere with ease.

Premium Care & Media Repairs

Your betamax tapes are as valuable to us as they are to you. We handle every piece with the utmost care and fix mild ribbon damage and other minor issues.

The Fastest Turnaround Time

We deliver your digital transfer and original media within 30 days, significantly faster than the industry average of 70+ days, so you can preserve or share them as soon as possible.

Unmatched Technical Advantage

We are constantly innovating with our cutting-edge technology and seamless cloud account integration to provide you with the best results possible.

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

How Much Does It Cost to Digitize Betamax?

How Much Does It Cost to Digitize Betamax?

We price our analog to digital services by the length of the home movie footage.

Our pricing for betamax digitization starts at $29.99 for the first two hours of the film. Then, we can digitize each additional set of 2 hours for $29.99.

In addition, our service includes betamax cassette repair and case replacement as needed so that your original copies are protected.

If the actual length of your betamax tapes is longer than what you originally paid for, our friendly customer service team will contact you via email to confirm what to digitize.

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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.
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.

What Formats of Videotapes Can Capture Preserve?

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