British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


The lists below show the various formats, both analogue and digital, that we handle, as well as the output formats we can provide. If a format you are interested in is not detailed please contact us with your enquiry. We may still be able to help.


  • U-Matic Lo/Hi-Band and SP
  • Betacam / Betacam SP
  • Betamax
  • Hi8
  • 16mm Film (silent or combined optical/magnetic soundtrack only)
  • Audio cassettes


  • Digital Betacam
  • DVC Pro
  • DV/Mini DV
  • DVD
  • D-VHS

Output Formats

  • DVD*
  • Mpeg2
  • Mpeg4
  • Flash
  • Windows Media (download/streaming)
  • Quicktime (download/streaming)
  • Apple ProRes
  • H.264 (various configurations)
  • iTunes formats (for playback on Apple devices)
  • .AAC / .AiFF / .WAV / .Mp3


With the use of optical character recognition software (OCR) it is possible to scan documents and produce not only digital images, but also searchable documents. This can be extremely usefully if your text is to be incorporated within a database or website, making it a simple and effective way of delivering full and accurate search results to your users.

*If you would like menus and chapters added to your DVD we are happy to do so and will discuss options with you prior to commencing work. Costs will vary.

**Should you require it, a watermark can be added to your video files to discourage unauthorised reproduction.

For further information, contact Frazer Ash:
Tel: 020 7393 1503