Originally Posted by archiguy
Now, there's a blast from the past. How in the world did he get them on beta? I have an old Sony Super Betamax that's still peripherally part of my system. How about that. But that copy of yours is going to look like fertilizer. Best wait on the DVD's, or DVR Skiffy's telecasts on Tuesday morning or whenever they've exiled it off to.
He recorded them from a Bell Expressvue satellite receiver to a super BetaHiFi machine at BII speed. Surprisingly, the picture was pretty good but I didn't back them up to DVDs at the time. (tracking and dropouts) BII has a 270 line horizontal resolution, (compared to VHS 230 line) and has twice the chroma resolution as VHS or S-VHS. (S-VHS has the same chroma design as standard VHS, only the luminance has higher resolution.)
Some of the later things he did were at BI-S, which has over 300 line resolution. (ED-Beta is 500 line, slightly higher than DVD)
I'm currently recording them from the dark of night showing. Babylon 5 was on at 1AM here, so late night recordings are not unusual. I have 5 tuners in my HTPC setups, the VCRs are standby only. (I was a Sony Factory Auth. servicer for 25 years) I have finally moved my friend to a DVD recorder for transfers.