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VHS Video Tape Format and History

VHS is the world's most widely used system for recording and viewing video tapes at home. There are over six hundred million VHS recorders in use world wide. VHS technology was developed by Matsushita (Panasonic/JVC) in Japan in the mid nineteen seventies and is still the most popular home system worldwide. Most transfer jobs include VHS copies, it is however a poor choice to use as the original copy as it are the lowest quality format.

Tech Stuff
VHS video tapes carry the same signal that an average home tv set can show (240 lines of video). The original VHS looks good on television but copies made from the VHS original degrade from generation to generation.
 It is best to use one of the new digital formats for a master copy such as MiniDV or Digital8 which carry a signal of 525 lines, and at a higher bandwidth, so color and detail are improved, Our system is digital from end to end to fully exploit these new digital video tape formats. You can then get VHS copies that are as good as VHS originals would be, even if you do not have a digital camcorder or player.


Unsolicited Customer Testimonial:
it's been a month or so since I got the tapes back with the 8mm films I sent you for conversion. It' took that long for me to crawl into the attic and find my super-vhs recorder in order to play back the tapes..... But WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to state right here that your company's handling and processing of these films, some dating back to 1942!!,Was exemplary! Although some were just barely watchable due to emulsion fade after all these years, no fault of yours, that was to be expected for a few of the films, what your process pulled out of these old 8mm worn and faded films is literally incredible!! The color correction to most of the color films made them seem like they were shot yesterday, even though they dated back to the mid 40's. No mean feat!! And the transfer to Super Vhs was flawless! My heartfelt thanks to all of you and your technicians on a job very well done!!

Gerard Masters
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