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Do you know what Video Cassette tapes you own?
The following page is filled with information that will help you to identify your tapes so you know what you own.

Different Video Cassette Types

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Video Cassette Tape VHS

Video cassette tape

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VHS and SVHS Tapes

VHS (Video Home System) was developed during the 1970s by JVC.

Cassettes were released to the general public in the 1970’s.  In late part of the 1970’s and the early 1980’s the VHS industry was involved a war between themselves and BETAmax. This was a  war in which VHS would eventually win.

The advantages of VHS included longer playing time. Faster rewinding and fast-forwarding.

The cassettes were less complex than the competitors Betamax.
VHS would eventually become the main home video format. VHS Cassettes continued to surpass others formats until the 1990s.

In later years SVHS tapes came out.
The SVHS cassettes had a larger viewing resolution and a higher quality standard.
 Tapes like this were successful in the camcorder market.
Video Cassette, VHSC Tape and Adapter

VHSC Tape and Adapter

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VHSC Tapes

VHS-C is the compact VHS videocassette format introduced in 1982 and used primarily for consumer-grade compact analog recording camcorders.

The format is based on the same video tape as is used in VHS, and can be played back in a standard VHS VCR with an adapter.

Video Cassette, Video8, Hi8, 8mm

Video 8 Tape

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Video8 , 8mm, Hi8 Tapes

The 8mm video format refers informally to three related videocassette formats for the NTSC and PAL/SECAM television systems. These are the original Video8 (analog) format, this format was launched in the 1980’s, and its improved successor Hi8 are both analog and digital. The more recent digital format known as Digital8. Their user base consisted mainly of amateur camcorder users. Digital8 also became important for use in the professional field. In 1985, Sony of Japan introduced the Handycam.

One of the first Video8 cameras with commercial success. Much smaller than the competition’s VHS and Betamax video cameras, Video8 became very popular in the consumer camcorder market.

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Video Cassette MINIdv

MiniDv &

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Mini DV

Mini DV tapes are the smallest of the video formats. They take and maintain crystal clear images because of the nature of a digital format. MiniDV tapes record their signal at 525 lines of horizontal resolution, substantially higher than 8mm or regular VHS formats, and due to their higher band width greater color fidelity and detail is possible. The video signal is recorded as DV video which is the same as Digital8. Due to the digital nature of the recording, no signal loss will result from dubbing, so they make an excellent master copy. All MiniDV camcorders have a firewire (also known as i-link and IEEE 1394), allowing easy downloading of the video to a modern computer with a firewire port for editing

Video Cassette Beta

Beta, Betamax , Betacam Video Cassette

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BETAMAX or BetaCam

Betamax (also called Beta, as in its logo) is a consumer-level analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video. It was developed by Sony and was released in Japan on May 10, 1975. … Betamax is obsolete, having lost the videotape format war to VHS.

Audio Cassette

Audio Cassette Tape

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Audio Cassettes

The Compact Cassette is commonly called a cassette tape.
It is designed as a magnetic tape recording format for recording audio for play back.

Released by Philips in 1962. The cassette was created for use in dictation machines.

It has uses ranging from portable audio to home recording. It has also been used to store data storage for early microcomputers.