All Betacam and Umatic Tapes via AJA Kona LHe

Transfer Betacam or Betacam SP or U-matic or U-matic SP both large and small cassette to digital.
For Betacam:  Sony PVW2800 VCR deck
For U-matic:  Sony VO-9850 VCR deck, DPS-295
For all: AJA Kona LHe capture card installed in SPACE, AJA breakout box
  • Make sure that the component cables (3) and XLR cables (2) are connected to the breakout box.  The cables should all be labelled PVW2800 for Betacam processing or U-Matic for U-Matic tape processing.
  • Open Machina:
    • Under the "Setup" tab, select the audio and video folders to capture into.  These folders can be the same especially if the A/V file captures into one file.
    • Set the following under the "Capture" tab and the "File Options" section (to the right of the preview pane)
      • File Type: MOV Movie
      • Video/Audio: Video - Audio
      • Video Subtype: 8-bit YUV 4:2:2 '2vuy'
      • Audio Subtype: 48Hz 32-bit PCM Stereo
    • The file resulting from the above configuration will work for both PC and MAC environments.  There are many other options that work in some cases, but this is the only one that works for both PC and MAC.
  • Below the Machina preview pane on the left, make sure the tab is "capture now".  Click the red record button.
  • Start the VCR ... push "Play"
  • when the capture is done, click the red record button to stop the capture.

Issues with Capture Using Vegas

Unfortunately, Sony Vegas cannot be used to capture the footage from the AJA Kona LHe card as there is a bug in the Vegas software.  One can select the capture /sdi options and the AJA card, but the resulting file will be missing the audio.  I contact Sony support and they acknowledged the bug and said it would be fixed in a future release/build.  Last build I checked the problem was ver 12.0 build  394 (Nov 6, 2012).

Table of Codecs And Results

The following table tests Machina's various codecs on a PC and their compatibility with a MAC.   Note that VLC was not tested on the PC as I figured the results would be similar to the MAC.  "WinMP" is Windows 7 Media player.

Legend: A - audio only, V - video only, Y - both audio and video.

Testing Machina codecs for MAC
Codec Wrapper Type bits color space Realplayer Quicktime VLC Quicktime WinMP
2Vuy mov YUV 8 422 A A Y Y A
2Vuy avi YUV 8 422 N N V V V
2vuy mov YUV 8 422 Y Y Y Y A
2vuy avi YUV 8 422 V V V V V
8bit RGB apple mov 8 A A A Y A
8bit RGBA 444 mov 8 444 A A A Y A
10bit RGB full A mov Log RGB 10 444 A A A Y A
10bit RGB full A avi Log RGB 10 444 N N N V V
10bit RGB full B mov Log RGB 10 444 A A A Y A
10bit RGB full B avi Log RGB 10 444 N N N V V
10bit RGB log mov Log RGB 10 444 A A A Y A
10bit RGB log avi Log RGB 10 444 N N N V V
10bit RGB smpte A mov 10 A A A Y A
10bit RGB smpte B mov 10 A A A Y A
bgr avi RGB 8 444 V V V V V
bgra avi RGBA 8 4444 V V V V V
uyvy avi YUV 8 422 N N V V V
V210 mov YUV 10 422 A A A Y A
v210 mov YUV 10 422 A A A Y A
v210 avi YUV 10 422 N N N V V

Betacam or Betacam SP Processing via Intensity Pro

Equipment Sony Betacam SP  PVW2800 record, edit and play deck


  • Currently, I set up the deck connected to the component and left and right audio channels to the Intensity Pro card in Flag.
  • Opened Sony Vegas and used the "HDV and SDI" capture option.
  • Set the preferences (icon in the right-hand corner of the window) in the capture window to:
    • Device: "Blackmagic Design Decklink"
    • Capture format: NTSC Standard (720x486, 29.97 fps)
  • Select the "encoding":
    • 8-bit YUV AVI
  • select the folder that you want record the footage to.


    1. Specs: Video 720x486x32, 29.97 fps interlaced, 50 Mbps Audio: 16 bit, 48KHz, 8 channel, Linear PCM
    2. 0.5 GB per minute
  2. 8-bit YUV AVI
    1. Specs: Video 720x486x24, 29.97 fps interlaced, uncompressed Audio: 16 bit, 48KHz, Stereo
    2. 1.25 GB per minute

Services That Others Provide (and we don't)

Hi8 PAL transfer (we now handle this asof.... May 2014)


Wendy Fernandes (Albert ...retired, but works there on relief as required)

General Manager

AV Hi-Lites & AVH Digital Media

2810 Dehavilland Drive

Abbotsford, BC  V2T 5L2


Betacam SP

(we now provide this service - asof Mar2012)

Maverick Video Group Jeff MacNabb 12518 203rd St Maple Ridge, BC V2X 4W2


Betacam SP (PAL)

Finale Editworks

Michelle / Rob #100 2339 Columbia St Vancoyuver, BC V5Y 3Y3


HDCam, Digibeta, etc

(we now handle DigiBeta, MPEG IMX, Betacam SX ..... 2014)

Craven Studios Brent Craven

moved to Vancouver Island May 2013 50 - 206 East 6th Ave Vancouver, BC V5T 1J8

604-872-2067 604-339-6041 (cell) 1-888-876-2067

3/4" U-Matic PAL

NOT anymore....their machine now EATS TAPES ( Jan 26, 2017)

Pricing (June 2013): to DVD: $113, to HDD: $165

Pricing (May 2015): to DVD: $130, to HDD: $225

24 Frames / SuperSuite

Rosie 15 E. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1E9


Many formats in NTSC and PAL

NTSC: 1” Type C, VHS and SVHS including C tapes, Sony EIAJ (currently seeking a working unit)TBD, Betacam SX, Digital Betacam, D-5, HDCAM, DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD100, MII, Digital S/D9, HDV, IMX, XDCAM and XDCAM HD

PAL: VHS, Betamax, Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SX, Digital Betacam, D-5, HDCAM, DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, DVCPROHD100, HDV, IMX, XDCAM and XDCAM HD

Pricing for VC RFP (May 2013):

For transfers we could offer the following rate structure for the term of the RFP:

SD tape format to Betacam SP     $125/hr

SD tape format to file (ProRes, H.264 or other TBD)    $160/hr

HD tape format to file (ProRes, H.264 or other TBD)    $250/hr


*minimum 1/2 hr then 1/4 hr increments

*tape stock and hard drives not included

*taxes extra if applicable

*prices and workflows subject to review with client based on project specifications

Finale Editworks

Don Thompson (Pres) Rob Robinson (VTR superisor)

Suite 100 - 2339 Columbia St Vancouver, BC V5Y 3Y3

604-876-7678 (ext Don - 301, for Rob 321)

Other references:

Also check out "Old Media - Where To Send"