What type of tape do I have?
There are quite a few different types of videotape formats.
We can transfer most of the different formats to DVD or digital computer files.
You can look at the different types of tape by clicking on the tabs left/below.
VHS (Video Home System) is the most widely-adopted videocassette format.
It was developed by JVC in 1976.
S-VHS is a higher quality version of VHS
A camcorder version of VHS.
You need an adapter to play back the tape in a normal VCR
S-VHS-C is a higher quality version
A very popular camcorder tape format.
Either Video 8 or Hi8 or Digital8.
A small digital tape for camcorders.
Records in a digital DV format or DVCAM
A format that lost out to VHS in the popularity war.
Arguably better quality than VHS.
A tiny DV format tape which never really gained any popularity.
This is a Professional format tape used by broadcasters before the advent of digital recording.
Visually very similar to Betamax tapes
Tapes we can’t do
Sorry but we are unable to transfer the following tape formats:
- LowBand uMatic
- HighBand uMatic
- M and M11
- Video 2000 (or VCC)
We may know someone who can so don’t be afraid to ask.