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How to Identify the Type of Video You Have

Video Formats Transferred to DVD by MaxRescue

Video Type Length Width Thickness
Betamax 6.14 inch 156 mm 3.78 inch 96 mm 0.98 inch 25 mm
VHS 7.48 inch 190 mm 3.94 inch 100 mm 0.98 inch 25 mm
VHS-C 3.62 inch 92 mm 2.28 inch 58 mm 0.91 inch 23 mm
8mm Digital
8mm Analogue
3.66 inch 93 mm 2.44 inch 62 mm 0.59 inch 15 mm
Mini DV 2.56 inch 65 mm 2.05 inch 52 mm 0.47 inch 12 mm

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NTSC or Pal Format

• Pal is the Australian and European system used on TV.
• NTSC system is used by North America countries like the USA.

If you try to view an NTSC video on an Australian TV,  the picture will appear to flicker and you'll also see multi overlapping images.

So if you want to see an NTSC video from America you'll need to get it converted to PAL. The same holds true if you want to send someone in America movies you've taken. It will need to be converted from PAL into NTSC.

Yes, we can convert your videos from PAL to NTSC and from NTSC to PAL. Simply tell us you need the format changed when when you place your order and we'll be happy to do it for you.


Betamax Video Tapes

The following chart lists the typical footage contained on various Betamax tapes.

Beta Type Length PAL format NTSC format
L-125 125 feet 32 minutes 15 minutes 30 minutes 45 minutes
L-165 165 feet 43 minutes 22 minutes 45 minutes 65 minutes
L-250 250 feet 65 minutes 30 minutes 60 minutes 90 minutes
L-370 370 feet 96 minutes 45 minutes 90 minutes 180 minutes
L-500 500 feet 130 minutes 60 minutes 120 minutes 210 minutes
L-750 750 feet 195 minutes 90 minutes 180 minutes 270 minutes
L-830 830 feet 215 minutes 105 minutes 210 minutes 300 minutes


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