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SVHS Video Tape Format and History

SVHS or Super VHS is a VHS format, introduced by JVC in 1986, that enables recording and playback of very high resolution video. The format uses a 4 pin din cable to carry the separated signals, chrominance and luminance, versus the composite type that combines the signal over one wire, thus avoiding the color encoding process and its inevitable loss of picture quality. SVHS requires special equipment to play.

Tech Stuff
SVHS video tapes carry 400 lines of horizontal resolution. Super VHS was originally designed for the prosumer who needed to edit from their original tapes without the quality loss associated with VHS. SVHS makes a good master because dupes from them look as good as a VHS original, however they do require special equipment to view, and they are analog, so some signal loss is inevitable in the dubbing process.


Unsolicited Customer Testimonial:
I just wanted to let you guys know that I just received back the Super 8 movies I sent to be transferred onto a DVD. The results are spectacular!! You guys did a tremendous job on this stuff.

I sent a few reels to a local film store as well just to see if there was any difference, and the difference in quality is very noticeable.

I wanted to thank you for the great job and let you know that I'll be sending about 25 additional 300 ft reels in the near future.

Thanks again.

Mr. Caratzola
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