An analogue videotape format using 12.5mm tape developed by Sony and derived from the earlier Betamax. Also includes Betacam SP (Superior Performance), and digital versions Digital Betacam and Betacam SX. This is Sony professional broadcast quality video format. Do not confuse it with Betamax! Certain Betacam tapes ( 5, 10, 20 and 30 minutes oxide only ) can be used in Betamax VCR's but Betacam recordings can not be played on a Betamax machine or vice-versa.
Portable, professional, high resolution record/playback tape format using the same videocassette shell as the original Betamax. Unlike its predecessor, it records video in component ( YUV) format.
An analog component VTR system using a 1/2-inch tape cassettes. This was developed by Sony and is marketed by them and several other manufacturers. Although recording the Y, R-Y and B-Y component signals onto tape many machines are operated with coded (PAL or NTSC) video in and out. The system has continued to be developed over the years to offer models for the industrial and professional markets as well as full luminance bandwidth (Betacam SP), PCM audio and SDI connections. Digital versions exist as the high-end Digital Betacam and Betacam SX for ENG and similar applications.