Part of my business is transferring videotape formats to DVD and digital file. I just started the business a little while ago, and I'm looking to add to the formatst that I can currently do. Specifically I'm looking to add Betamax to the list, since I have received a ton of calls and emails from people asking if I can transfer their old family movies that are on Betamax to DVD. If I did get a Betamax player, I'd be looking for one of the Extended Definition Betmax players that has S-Video out, in order to getthe best possible picture from theBeta tapes.
But what I'm also wondering is, and I've looked online for this answer, but would a Betacam deck (either SP, SX, or Digital) be able to play back Betamax tapes? I know that some of the early Betacam players and recorders (1982-1985) were able to record onto Betamax tapes, and some professionals used those in cases of emergency. But, besides Betamax, I'd also like to add Betacam transfers at some point. So I'm just trying to find out if it were possible with, say, a DVW-500, to transfer Betamax tapes?