25 Facts About VHS tapes


Additionally, VHS tapes had a "far less complex tape transport mechanism" than Betamax, and VHS tapes machines were faster at rewinding and fast-forwarding than their Sony counterparts.

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The RCA unit was designed by Matsushita and was the first VHS tapes-based VCR manufactured by a company other than JVC.

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The VHS tapes are made, pre-recorded, and inserted into the cassettes in cleanrooms, to ensure quality and to keep dust from getting embedded in the tape and interfering with recording .

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The major VHS tapes OEMs resisted HQ due to cost concerns, eventually resulting in JVC reducing the requirements for the HQ brand to white clip extension plus one other improvement.

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In 1987, JVC introduced a new format called Super VHS tapes which extended the bandwidth to over 5 megahertz, yielding 420 analog horizontal .

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S-VHS tapes can give better audio quality, because the tapes are designed to have almost twice the bandwidth of VHS at the same speed.

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Sound quality of Hi-Fi VHS tapes stereo is comparable to some extent to the quality of CD audio, particularly when recordings were made on high-end or professional VHS tapes machines that have a manual audio recording level control.

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However, because the VHS tapes Hi-Fi recording process is intertwined with the VCR's video-recording function, advanced editing functions such as audio-only or video-only dubbing are impossible.

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Some VHS tapes decks had a "simulcast" switch, allowing users to record an external audio input along with off-air pictures.

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Several improved versions of VHS tapes exist, most notably Super-VHS tapes, an analog video standard with improved video bandwidth.

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S-VHS tapes improved the horizontal luminance resolution to 400 lines .

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S-VHS tapes made little impact on the home market, but gained dominance in the camcorder market due to its superior picture quality.

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Since VHS-C tapes are based on the same magnetic tape as full-size tapes, they can be played back in standard VHS players using a mechanical adapter, without the need of any kind of signal conversion.

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W-VHS tapes allowed recording of MUSE Hi-Vision analog high definition television, which was broadcast in Japan from 1989 until 2007.

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For example, VHS tapes machines sold in Australia and Europe could typically handle PAL, MESECAM for record and playback, and NTSC for playback only on suitable TVs Dedicated multi-standard machines can usually handle all standards listed, and some high-end models could convert the content of a tape from one standard to another on the fly during playback by using a built-in standards converter.

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Small number of VHS tapes decks are able to decode closed captions on video cassettes before sending the full signal to the set with the captions.

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S-VHS tapes has a sufficient resolution to record teletext signals with relatively few errors, although for some years now it has been possible to recover teletext pages and even complete "page carousels" from regular VHS tapes recordings using non-real-time computer processing.

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VHS tapes was popular for long-form content, such as feature films or documentaries, as well as short-play content, such as music videos, in-store videos, teaching videos, distribution of lectures and talks, and demonstrations.

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VHS instruction tapes were sometimes included with various products and services, including exercise equipment, kitchen appliances, and computer software.

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VHS tapes was the winner of a protracted and somewhat bitter format war during the late 1970s and early 1980s against Sony's Betamax format as well as other formats of the time.

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Those who still use or hold on to VHS tapes do so for a number of reasons, including nostalgic value, ease of use in recording, keeping personal videos or home movies, watching content currently exclusive to VHS tapes, and collecting.

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Market for pre-recorded VHS tapes has continued, and some online retailers such as Amazon still sell new and used pre-recorded VHS cassettes of movies and television programs.

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In October 2008, Distribution Video Audio Inc, the last major American supplier of pre-recorded VHS tapes, shipped its final truckload of tapes to stores in America.

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In 2021, professional wrestling promotion Impact Wrestling released a limited run of VHS tapes containing that year's Slammiversary, which quickly sold out.

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VHS tapes later announced future VHS runs of pay-per-view events.

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