The Sony UVW-1800 is a Beta SP edit deck that has been a workhorse in professional edit suites for about a decade. It plays and records small and large cassettes and of course takes in and spits out analog component video. Component video is what made the Beta SP format so endearing to news shooters, higher end industrial producers, and documentary filmmakers. Component analog video remains a great source of multigenerational integrity when the signals are put through the wringer in the (linear) editing process. The picture continues to look great (and like the original) generation after generation without the need to digitize. The UVW-1800 is almost a classic, indeed a required element in any comprehensive video studio set-up.