BVU (Broadcast Video U-Matic):
BVU is an analog SD videocassette format. It is a high band U-Matic with improved color recording system and lower noise levels.
Developed by: Sony.
Launched on: early 80’s
Used for: news acquisition and television production. Replaced the 16mm film in everyday production.
- U-Matic S – field VTRs. Maximum 20 min. recording time.
- U-Matic L – Edit decks. One hour recording time.
Magnetic tape used: 3/4” oxide-formulated tape
Cassette shells: varied in color depending on the manufacturer
Magnetic tape manufacturers: Sony, Fuji, Maxell, Ampex and 3M
Video recording: Analog video recording using a helical scan head.
Audio recording: stereo linear audio tracks.