Is VHS-C and VHS Tape the Same Thing?

VHS-C stands for VHS-Compact. VHS-C is actually made of the same magnetic media and the same technical format as a regular VHS, also known as a VCR. A VCR is just more Compact in terms of size (about 4 inches) and also in terms of the length of video it can store (30 minutes). The VHS-C was created because VHS tape manufacturers saw their business being cannibalized by the newer Hi8 tapes that came out. In the history of video electronics, smaller is always better, its manufacturers came up with the Home movie which is about one-third the size of a regular VHS.

To avoid consumers from having to buy yet another tape player for the smaller VHS-compact, they came up with an adapter. The adapter is the exact same size as a regular VCR. The idea is to insert the smaller video tape into the adapter, now you can play the VHS-C – inside the adapter – in a standard VHS tape player. adhesive tape manufacturer 

There are actually two types of adapters – manual and battery operated. The battery operated comes with a motorized mechanism whereas the manual comes with a spring mechanism. If you need to transfer your VHS-C to DVD, and cannot find the adapter, don’t worry. We are equipped with video tape adapters and can easily transfer your tapes to DVD or to a digital format on a hard drive.

What if your VHS-C tape snaps? Because of the age of the VHS tapes, the magnetic tape gets old and fragile and can snap easily. If you flip open your VCR gate and don’t see a tape anymore, that’s what happened. Don’t worry, your memory tape is still there. You may need to find a new video tape housing to move the magnetic tape from the broken tape housing to the new. Video cassette housing is quite difficult to get. But since the magnetic tape is identical to that of a VHS tape, you can transfer the tape to a VCR.

It is 2011, you really shouldn’t be fussing around with VHS or VHS-C. Instead, you should transfer your VHS tapes to a DVD so you can watch them easily and stop the degradation process that you experience with analog tapes. It costs about $20 to $25 to transfer a VHS tape to DVD, depending on how long your tape is. It’s a very worthwhile investment considering if you don’t do anything, you may end up with faded blank video images in a few years.


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