Vintage Video

EIAJ Helical Scan Video Tape Reel Transfer: $65 (5", 30 minute); $110 (7", 60 minute).

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EIAJ-1 is a standard B&W ½-inch wide open reel video tape format that was introduced in 1969 with industry consensus between Sony, Panasonic, and others.  This was the first ½-inch video format to conform to a standard and tapes are interchangeable between recording and playback equipment made by different manufacturers.  

EIAJ-2 added color to the standard in 1974 (however color was not widely used).  EIAJ (Electronics Industries Association of Japan) tape transports at a speed of 7.5ips.  EIAJ and most 1/2-inch tape formats have the audio track along the top edge of the tape (away from the machine) and control track along the bottom edge (close to machine).  Operational color playback equipment is limited.

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EIAJ CARTRIDGE (Omnivision) transfer to file: $75 each.

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EIAJ Video Tape Cartridge (Omnivision) was developed by Panasonic in 1969 and conforms to the 1969 EIAJ ½-inch video standard. The cartridge is self-threading, is convenient for the operator, and was used in educational and professional settings.  Each cartridge contains a single spool of ½-inch wide video tape and normally plays for 30 minutes, Many EIAJ cartridges recorded after 1974 have color video.  Tapes have Panasonic NV-P530 or Hitachi brand names.  EIAJ cartridge machines include Panasonic/ National NV-5110, NV-5125 (color), and NV-5130A.  Operational playback machines are rare.

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CV, SKIP FIELD video tape transfer: $65 (5-inch, 30 minutes), $110 (7-inch, 60 minutes).

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CV (Consumer Video), "Skip Field",  was introduced by Sony in 1965 and is a proprietary ½-inch wide B&W open reel video tape format that pre-dates 1969 EIA standards.  CV is a helical scan skip-field video format and has approx. 200 lines of resolution.  ½-inch open reel tapes are typically 30 minute (5-inch diameter) or 60 minute (7-inch diameter) and were manufactured by many companies.  CV tape speed is 19.05cm/s (7.5ips).  Operational playback equipment is limited and tapes are often unplayable but can usually be recovered.

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Panasonic, Concord "NV" Video Tape format

CONCORD, Panasonic 'NV' video tape reel transfer to file: $65 (5-inch, 30 minute), $110 (7-inch, 60 minute).   Complete pricing below.

Panasonic “NV”/ Concord is a proprietary ½-inch wide B&W open reel helical scan video tape format introduced by Panasonic in 1965 and pre-dates 1969 EIA standards.  National Video (NV) was a brand name of the Matsushita company before changing to the more recognized Panasonic name in 1988.  Panasonic manufactured customized machines for Concord.  The NV format uses standard 1/2-inch open reel video tape that plays for 40 minutes.  The tape transports at a speed is 30.48cm/s (12ips).  Machines include Panasonic NV-8100 and Concord VTR-620 and VTR-1120.  Operational playback equipment is rare.

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SHIBADEN video tape reel transfer to file; $65 (5-inch, 30 minute), $110 (7-inch, 60 minute).

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Shibaden video tape format was introduced by Shiba Electric and Denshi (Japan) in 1967 and is a proprietary ½-inch wide B&W open reel video tape format that pre-dates the 1969 EIA standard.  Shibaden is a helical scan skip field format and is not compatible with other skip field formats.  Shibaden has approx. 300 lines of resolution.  Equipment was marketed under the names of Shibaden, Apeco Teletape, Bell & Howell, and a similar format by Bang & Olfson (Denmark).  It uses standard 1/2" inch wide video tape and transports at a speed of 19.05cm/s (7.5ips).  Operational playback equipment is rare. 

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AKAI video tape reel transfer to file: $110.

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AKAI video is a proprietary ¼-inch wide open reel video tape format introduced by AKAI in 1967.  AKAI video recordings were sometimes made on common ¼-inch open reel audio tape that generally has poor results.  AKAI video has approx. 200 lines of resolution.  AKAI ¼-inch color was introduced in 1974.  AKAI video tape transports at a speed of 11.25ips.  AKAI video tape was supplied by several manufacturers including Akai VT-5 (5-inch diameter, 20 minutes), Akai VT-10, Maxell VT-7, and Scotch 361.  AKAI ¼-inch video machines include AKAI VT-100 (1967 portable B&W), VT-110 (portable B&W), VT-120 (portable B&W), VT-150 (portable color), AKAI VT-700 (console B&W).  Operational playback equipment is rare.

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1"-inch EV Video Tape

Sony EV 1"-inch video tape reel transfer to file: $110.   Complete pricing below.

1-inch ‘EV’ (Sony EV) was released by Sony in 1964 and is a proprietary non-standard open reel video tape format.  The EV format was used in industrial and education settings.  Machines record and play in B&W and color is possible with the addition of an external color adapter (but is not uncommon).  The EV format has approx. 300 lines of color resolution.  The tape is 1-inch wide reels are usually 8-inches in diameter and are made of metal or plastic (plastic reels can warp), and full reels weigh 4 pounds each.  The 1-inch EV reel has a 3/8-inch diameter center hole, two 0.30-inch drive holes, and transports at a speed of 19.81cm/s (7.8ips).  Typical EV tapes include Sony V-11(60 minute), V-12(30 minute), V-12(60), and Scotch 350.  Typical 1-inch EV machines weigh 90 pounds and include Sony EV-200, EV-210, EV-300, EV-310, EV-320, EV-340TLV (time lapse), and Sony UV-340 (color). Operational B&W playback equipment is limited; color equipment is rare.

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CVC Technicolor cassettes to File: $110 per tape.

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CVC (Compact Video Cassette) Funai Technicolor Cassette was developed by a joint venture between Funai and Technicolor in 1980 and is a portable color video tape format.  The small size of CVC and ease of operation was intended to compete with 8mm movie film; the cassette is similar in size to a standard audio cassette.  Tapes are labeled V30, V45, and V60 and are 30, 45, 60 minutes respectively.  

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Vcord-I, Vcord-II Video Cassette Format

Vcord-I and Vcord II video cassette to file: $110 per tape.   Complete pricing below.

V-Cord I is a proprietary video cassette format released jointly by Sanyo and Toshiba in 1974 to compete with open reel video formats.   The tan colored VT-20C cassettes play for 20 minutes at normal speed and 60 minutes at Slow speed in a VTC-7100 machine.  V-Cord I machines include the Sanyo VTC-7100 (15lb, portable).

V-Cord II was released by Sanyo in 1976 and added color, increased recording time, has two recording speeds, freeze frame, and slow motion.  V-Cord II black colored V-60 and V-120 cassettes play for 60 and 120 minutes respectively at LP speed and half as much time at the STD (standard) speed.  

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1"-inch Type-A and IVC Video Tape to file; $110.

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1-inch SMPTE Type-A is a standardized B&W video tape format introduced by Ampex in 1965 and was one of the first 1-inch video tape formats to have industry consensus.  1-inch Type-A was used in industrial, educational, and government settings; it did not conform to broadcast standards.  1-inch Type-A has approx. 350 lines of resolution.  1-inch Type-A and Type-C tape reels have a large 3-inch diameter EIA center hole.  Tape manufacturers include Quantegy 196, Sony VK-34, Ampex 162/196, Scotch 3M 360, and others.  Operational playback equipment is limited.

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Testimonials

You have provided some of the best customer service I ever experienced with an online company. Kudos to you!  Marsha

Marsha   

We confirm return of the four AKAI video tapes and [mp4 and mov flash drive] files and DVDs. Everything is exactly as expected. I'm glad that you did recover the video of tape 2 even though it was poor quality.  The procession at the end of the wedding will mean the world to my parents, and Ill be able to get a couple of screen photos as a result.  Thank you again for the effort in bringing this content back for us.  Take care.  Ken, MB Manitoba, Canada

   

I am really pleased at your resolution of the video [7"-inch x 1/2" EIAJ helical scan video tape reels to mp4 file on flash drive and download] of Marriage of Figaro!  thank you so much, Wendy in Cincinnati, Ohio OH 45223.

   

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I love your work! I'm still looking at the first AKAI tapes that you put on DVDs. I never dreamed anyone could make them viewable again, and you did.  Joann,  Lakeland Florida, FL 33813
   


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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.
4. Seal in plastic bags, pack well, use tracking, and save the number.  
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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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