Video Formats -Cassettes • 8mm & Video8 • Hi8 & Digital8 • Mini DV • Betamax

2018-11-26 08:43:27

Video Formats

VHS

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VHS is the most common type of video tape. Generally the range from 2 hours to 6 hours worth of video content; the longer the video, the lower the image quality.

VHS-C

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VHS-C tapes are compact VHS tapes and require an adapter to play in a standard VHS player. Unlike standard VHS which contains 2 spools of tape, the VHS-C only has 1.

8mm & Video8

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8mm & Video8 became popular for camcorder use in the 80’s. Metal particle technology is used in 8mm tapes making them more durable than other types of videos

Hi8 & Digital8

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After 8mm came Hi8 then Digital8. Both look virtually the same as 8mm, only the quality of video and audio is vastly improved.

Mini DV

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Mini DV camcorder tapes use digital technology to capture higher quality video and audio on dense video cassette.

Betamax

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Popular analog tape format in the 70’s and 80’s but ultimately lost the “video tape war” to VHS