Posts Tagged ‘beta’

Betamax VCR needed

August 23, 2010

Hello. I have been going through several boxes of old Beta (or Betamax) VCR tapes that I’ve recently acquired, trying to find old Syracuse area footage to post on Syracuse Nostalgia. I’ve found a lot of footage, as you can see from the video section on the site. However, I still have hundreds of tapes to go through and my Betamax VCR seems to be on its last legs.  So, if anyone out there would like to donate an old Beta VCR to me for future posting of Syracuse Nostalgia clips please send an e-mail to or reply to this post. Thank you!

STM Showboat video clips

October 20, 2008

As I mentioned before, I’ve recently been going through a large collection of old Beta and VHS video tapes. I’ve posted the first clips from these tapes – two different episodes of STM Showboat. STM Showboat was a kid’s show that aired on WSTM, Channel 3 in Syracuse, in the late 80s and early 90s. Click here to go to the page containing the videos.

One thing I noticed about these tapes is how much better the quality of the Beta tapes are as compared to VHS. Beta was definitely a better format. It’s too bad that because of some stupid reasons that VHS became the standard format. The STM Showboat clips are from old VHS tapes, and you can see how poor the quality is on those. Once I start posting clips from Beta tapes, you will certainly see a big difference. These tapes are over 20 years old, and they look like they were taped yesterday.

Anyway, I’ll probably be posting more commercials and news clips from these tapes in the next couple of weeks.


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