This was an analogue recording videocassette format first shown by Sony in prototype in October 1969, and introduced to the market in September 1971. It was among the first video formats to contain the videotape inside a cassette, as opposed to the various reel-to-reel or open-reel formats of the time.
U-matic is also available in a smaller cassette size, officially known as U-Matic S. Much like VHS-C, U-Matic S was developed as a more portable version of U-Matic, to be used in smaller-sized S-format recorders. We can transfer footage from U-matic S videocassettes to DVD/Blu-ray.
Video 2000 (VCC)
(Or V2000; also known as Video Compact Cassette, or VCC) was a consumer videocassette system and analogue recording standard developed by Philips and Grundig to compete with JVC's VHS and Sony's Betamax video technologies. Distribution of Video 2000 products began in 1979 and ended in 1988; they were marketed exclusively in Europe, Brazil, and Argentina.
Philips named the videotape standard Video Compact Cassette (VCC) to complement their landmark Audio Compact Cassette format introduced in 1963, but the format itself was marketed under the trademark Video 2000.
Video 2000 succeeded Philips's earlier "VCR" format and its derivatives (VCR-LP and Grundig's SVR). Although some models and advertising featured a "VCR" badge based on the older systems' logo, Video 2000 was an entirely new (and incompatible) format that incorporated many technical innovations. Despite this, the format was not a major success and was eventually discontinued, having lost out to the rival VHS system in the videotape format war. We can transfer Video 2000 footage to DVD/Blu-ray.
(Also called Beta, and referred to as such in the logo) was a consumer-level analog videocassette magnetic tape recording format developed by Sony, released in Japan on May 10, 1975.
We can transfer Betamax footage to DVD/Blu-ray.
VHS tapes are bulky and as with all video tapes they can lose quality every time they are played. Save your memories from fading by having your VHS tapes transferred to DVD/Blu-ray.
Super VHS (S-VHS)
Super VHS brought an improvement in quality.
Compact VHS (VHS-C)
One of the earliest camcorder formats. With the use of an adaptor they could be played in your full size VHS player.
Video 8 , Hi-8 and Digital 8
The most popular of camcorder formats. We transfer these tapes every day to the convenience of DVD/Blu-ray.
Small in size and with superb digital quality. Why not take the next step and transfer your Mini DV footage to DVD?
In 1996 Sony introduced its own professional version of DV called DVCAM.
DVCAM uses locked audio, which prevents audio synchronization drift that may happen on DV if several generations of copies are made.
When recorded to tape, DVCAM uses 15 μm track pitch, which is 50% wider compared to baseline. Accordingly, tape is transported 50% faster, which reduces recording time by one third compared to DV. Because of the wider track and track pitch, DVCAM has the ability to do a frame accurate insert tape edit, while DV may vary by a few frames on each edit compared to the preview. Cassette sizes available are Large, Standard and Mini and are labelled DVCAM.
We are able to transfer both Standard and Mini DVCAM tapes to DVD and Blu-ray.
LaserDisc or (LD)
This was a home video format and the first commercial optical disc storage medium, initially licensed, sold, and marketed as MCA DiscoVision (also known as simply "DiscoVision") in North America in 1978.
Although the format was capable of offering higher-quality video and audio than its consumer rivals, the VHS and Betamax videocassette systems, LaserDisc never managed to gain widespread use in North America, largely due to high costs for the players and video titles themselves and the inability to record TV programming. It also remained a largely obscure format in Europe and Australia. However, it was much more popular in Japan and in the more affluent regions of South East Asia, such as Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, being the prevalent rental video medium in Hong Kong during the 1990s. Its superior video and audio quality did make it a somewhat popular choice among videophiles and film enthusiasts during its lifespan.
The technologies and concepts behind LaserDisc are the foundation for later optical disc formats, including Compact Disc, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc.
(Also known as CDV, CD-V, or CD+V) was a format introduced in 1987 that combined the technologies of compact disc and Laserdisc. CD-V discs were the same size as a standard 12 cm audio CD, and contained up to 20 minutes worth of audio information that could be played on any audio CD player. It also contained up to 5 minutes of analog video information plus digital CD-quality sound, which could be played back on a newer laserdisc player capable of playing CD-V discs. One of the first laserdisc players that could play CD-V discs as well was the Pioneer CLD-1010 from 1987. Though it was a CD-based format, CD Video was never given a rainbow book designation.
CD Video discs have a distinctive gold color, to differentiate them from regular silver-colored audio CDs. This is a characteristic that would later be replicated in HVD, a more advanced disc format.
A similar version of CD Video called Video Single Disc (VSD) was also released. It was the same as CD Video, but it only had the analog video track (occupying the whole storage space of the disc) and no audio CD tracks.
CD Video was targeted toward teenagers who watched music videos on MTV. However, few of them were familiar with Laserdiscs, and far fewer owned CDV compatible players. Buying a costly new player was not an option just for the minor use of playing a single music video that could be taped with a VCR.
The term "CD Video" and its logo were also used on full-size (8- and 12-inch) PAL LaserDiscs with digital audio (for movies as well as for music titles), to distinguish them from the previous LaserVision format with analogue audio and, presumably, to leverage the consumer recognition of the successful CD Audio format. In NTSC territories however, use of the term LaserDisc continued and the CD Video branding was never used.
Though CD Video lasted only a few years in the marketplace and began disappearing by 1991, its legacy would live on with the all-digital MPEG-based Video CD format, which came out a few years later in 1993.
Before the advent of DVD and Blu-ray, the Video CD (abbreviated as VCD, and also known as View CD, Compact Disc digital video) became the first format for distributing films on standard 120 mm (4.7 in) optical discs. The format is a standard digital format for storing video on a compact disc. VCDs are playable in dedicated VCD players, most DVD and Blu-ray disc players, PCs, and some video game consoles.
The VCD standard was created in 1993 by Sony, Philips, Matsushita, and JVC and is referred to as the White Book standard.
Snapped tape? Damaged cassette housing? We endeavour to make repairs to most formats. Options include re-housing of tapes and or splicing of damaged sections.
Our discs are produced in the PAL system and are region zero. We can convert NTSC tapes to PAL DVD and vice versa. We can work from NTSC tapes and copy to NTSC DVD. Share your worldwide family memories!
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