HDCAM / HDCAM SR born digital HD video recordings in PAL / NTSC
dark grey and blue rectangular HDCAM cassette

Sony HDCAM SR video cassette, 94 minutes in 60i; 117 minutes in 24P

introduction to HDCAM / HDCAM SR cassette transfer

We offer a range of delivery formats for our video transfers. Following International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives TC-06 guidelines, we deliver FFV1 lossless files or 10-bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers for archives. We can also produce Apple ProRes mezzanine files for ease of editing. We provide smaller viewing files as H.264 encoded .mp4 files or on DVD. We're happy to create any other digital video files, according to your needs.

We can provide the appropriately-sized USB delivery media for your files, or use media supplied by you, or deliver your files online. Files delivered on hard drive can be for any operating system MacOS, Windows or GNU/Linux and filesystems (HFS+, NTFS or EXT3).

HDCAM and HDCAM SR video cassette recordings can vary both in duration and in the extent of physical tape degradation, so we always assess tapes before confirming the price of a transfer.

We offer free assessments - please contact us to discuss your project.

For an introduction to our assessment and treatment processes, please see our guide to "what happens to your video tape".

HDCAM / HDCAM SR machines

  • Sony JH-3
  • Sony HDW D2000
  • Sony SRW 5000 with HKSR 5002


HDCAM / HDCAM SR tape brands / models

Common brands / models of HDCAM video tape include: Fujifilm HD331; Sony BCT-124HDL; Sony BCT-94HDL; Sony BCT-64HDL; Sony BCT-34HDL; Sony BCT-40HD; Sony BCT-32HD; Sony BCT-22HD; Sony BCT-6HD.

HDCAM SR tape: Sony BCT-124SRL; Sony BCT-94SRL; Sony BCT-64SRL; Sony BCT-40SR; Sony BCT-33SR; Sony BCT-6SR.

HDCAM / HDCAM SR format variation

playback tape format / colour space440 Mbit/s HD-SDI digital transfer of audio & video2, 4, 8, 12 channels of audio supportedpreservation of timecode supportedmastering of video files to tape
720 / 4:2:2 / 50P
720 / 4:2:2 / 59.94P
1080 / 4:2:2 / 50P
1080 / 4:2:2 / 59.94P
1080 / 4:2:2 / 60P
1080 / 4:2:2 / 23.98PsF
1080 / 4:2:2 / 24PsF
1080 / 4:2:2 / 25PsF
1080 / 4:2:2 / 29.97PsF
1080 / 4:2:2 / 30PsF
1080 / 4:2:2 / 50i
1080 / 4:2:2 / 59.94i
1080 / 4:2:2 / 60i
1080 / 4:4:4 / 23.98PsF
1080 / 4:4:4 / 24PsF
1080 / 4:4:4 / 25PsF
1080 / 4:4:4 / 30PsF
1080 / 4:4:4 / 50i
1080 / 4:4:4 / 59.94i
1080 / 4:4:4 / 60i

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smaller Sony HDCAM video cassette on top of larger - both dark grey and orange

Large and small size Sony HDCAM video cassettes

enlarged image shows JVC Hi Resolution monitor with colour bars, patch bay with cables and Sony HDCAM recorder

Sony JH-3 HDCAM Digital Video Cassette Player with monitoring set-up

dark grey and blue rectangular HDCAM cassette with rulers indicating width 25.3 cm by height14.4 cm.

HDCAM SR cassette dimensions: 25.3 x 14.4 cm. We also transfer the smaller 15.6 x 9.6 cm tapes

HDCAM / HDCAM SR tape risks & vulnerabilities

HDCAM / HDCAM SR recording history

HDCAM and HDCAM SR graphic logos, black and white

HDCAM logo; HDCAM SR logo

Video cassettes, tape boxes, compatible cameras and playback machines for HDCAM and HDCAM SR can be identified by these logos. Both are trademarks of the Sony Corporation.