Consumer Video

VHS, S-VHS (PAL, NTSC) Transfer to file

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VHS video cassette format was introduced by JVC and Matsushita in 1976 in competition with Betamax.  The technology was licensed to many manufactures making it the most available and economical consumer video format for many years.  A T-120 VHS tape can play for 120 minutes (2-hours) in NTSC SP (Standard Play) mode, 4 hours in LP (Long Play) mode, and 6 hours in EP/SLP (Extended Play/Super Long Play) mode.

S-VHS (super-VHS) improved the VHS format with 400 lines of resolution in 1987 by JVC.  Full sized S-VHS camcorders provided a high quality and economical medium for Electronic News Gathering, hobbyists, and home movies.  

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VHS-C (small VHS) (PAL, NTSC) Transfer to file

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VHS-C video tape and camcorders were introduced by JVC in 1983 as a compact version of the VHS tape and reduced the size of the camcorder significantly.  A TC-30 tape will play for 30 minutes in NTSC SP mode and 90 minutes in EP mode.  VHS-C tape is ½-inch wide and cassettes measure 9.2 x 5.8 x 2.0 cm (3-2/3 x 2-1/4 x ¾ inches).  Most consumer video tape formats were replaced by DVDs in the late 1990s.

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Betamax (PAL, NTSC, 'Beta') BI, BII, BIII, HiFi Video Tape transfer to file

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Betamax 'Beta' color video cassette format was introduced by Sony in 1975.  Sony was not successful at brokering an agreement with other companies to make Betamax the standard and they did not license the video technology to others.  Betamax was enhanced in 1983 with two channels of ‘HiFi’ stereo sound and released a portable camcorder in 1983.  The last commercial release on Betamax was in 1996.  Betamax tape player production was discontinued in 2002 and Sony discontinued tapes in 2015.

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Video8, 8mm (PAL, NTSC) Video Tape Transfer to file

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Video8 (original 8mm tape) is a standardized analog color video tape format developed by Eastman Kodak in 1984.  The Kodak camcorder was manufactured by Matsushita and 8mm tapes by TDK.  The Video8 format was designed to make small compact camcorders possible.  The format is standardized so tapes can be interchangeably recorded and played back in machines made by different manufacturers.  Sony commercialized the format with the Handicam in 1985.  The Video8 format has approx. 240 lines of resolution.  The 8mm tape is often identified as P6-120 or Video8 and plays for 120 minutes in NTSC SP mode and 240 minutes in LP mode (85 minutes PAL SP and 170 minutes PAL LP mode).  The tape is 8 mm (5/16-inches) wide and measures 3-11/16 x 2-3/8 x 9/16 inches.  Playback equipment is available.

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Hi8 (PAL, NTSC) video tape transfer to file

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Hi8 is a standardized 8mm analog video format and was commercialized in 1989 by Sony and others.  The Hi8 video tape format was designed to compete with improved S-VHS, has approx. 400 lines of resolution, and supports analog and digital audio.  Hi8, P6-120, or VideoHi8 tapes play for 120 minutes in NTSC SP mode and 240 minutes in LP (85 minutes PAL SP and 170 minutes PAL LP mode).  Tapes can be used in Video8, Hi8, or Digital8 equipment.

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Digital-8 (PAL, NTSC) Camcorder Tape Transfer to file

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Digital8 is a standardized 8mm digital camcorder tape format and was commercialized in 1999 by Sony, JVC, Panasonic, Sharp, and others.  Digital8 uses the same transport as Hi8 but uses a digital DV codec for recording and playback.  The same P6-120, VideoHi8, 8mm tapes can be used for Digital8 but the tape transports faster and reduces recording time to 60 minutes in NTSC SP mode and 90 minutes in LP mode.  Digital8 has approx. 500 lines of resolution.  Video8, Hi8 and Digital8 cassette tapes fit into any of the 8mm family of camcorders and the camcorders are often backwards compatible with previous 8mm formats, i.e. Digital8 camcorders will often play Video8 and Hi8 tapes and Hi8 camcorders will often play Video8 tapes.  Playback equipment is available.  Sony phased out the format in 2007.
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MiniDV (PAL, NTSC) Video Tape Transfer to file

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MiniDV minature video cassette is a standardized digital video format and is an offshoot of the 1995 professional DV standard; it is the last widely used consumer video format for tape.  Tapes and camcorders are about half the size of 8mm.  MiniDV uses DV digital video compression and has approx. 525 lines of resolution.  MiniDV cassettes are 60 minutes at SP mode and 90 minutes in EP/LP mode.  MiniDV has ¼-inch wide video tape and cassettes measure 6.5 x 4.8 x 1.2 cm.  The MiniDV format was no longer supported after 2011.

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Testimonials

GreentreeAV thanks for the great work transferring our VHS and Umatic tapes to h264.mp4 files on flash drive and scanning our slides to tiff files on FD.  Best,

Carria   Texas A&M University, 77843

The DVD and tape arrived Monday. The conversion looks good [had very poor quality VHS , improved to DVD].  Tracking is now solid and all the tearing of the picture is gone. I think this is about as good a result as possible.  Satisfied customer.

Ed   New York, NY 11725

Can't thank you enough! Very grateful for your tenacious efforts to bring this [very damaged VHS tapes to mp4 files for download] very important historical footage back from the Abyss. The video showing the survey crew marking the property boundaries was priceless since a neighbor has removed all of the pins.  You are a true master of your craft.  THANK YOU so much!

Jim   St. Louis, Missouri MO

The DVDs arrived yesterday [from VHS and Umatic tapes]. I looked at the oldest one first (of my son when he was 10 months old) and it looks great!  It brought happy tears to m eyes. Thanks so much for making these old tapes accessible today on modern machines. And thanks for the website, so I could find you.

Metaleen   North Carolina NC 28630


How it works:

1. CONTACT US with questions or to get an estimate.
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3. Number your tapes/media, keep a list, and enclose titles and contact info.
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6. Most orders: Postal Priority mail $9.50.  Heavy or International: actual cost.
7. Order shipped after payment.  Normal completion 3 weeks.

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