A VHS tape is a consumer-grade analog recording videotape that was developed in 1976 by the Victor Company in Japan. VHS originally stood for Vertical Helical Scan, which referred to the tape recording method used which employs a spinning read/write head and diagonal tracks.

A VHS cassette consists of a plastic shell containing containing approximately 1,410 feet of 1/2 inch wide magnetic tape used to record images and sounds. The videotape is wrapped between the supply and take-up reel which allowed it to slowly pass by the reader head of the video cassette recorder. The tape has a horizontal resolution of 240 lines and can hold up to six hours of material, depending on the recording mode.

During the 1980s VHS tape dominated the video market and became the leading consumer format for home movies. VHS camcorders turned countless users into videographers instantly by allowing them to capture special events they could view with a VCR.

Over the years consumers have amassed vast collections of home movies captured on VHS. However the magnetic tape in VHS cassettes deteriorate and lose their recorded content over time. By having your video tapes digitized you can stop the degradation and preserve your memories digitally on DVD. Digital content provides exceptional picture quality, durability and never degrades over time.

Icehouse Pictures in Plymouth, Massachusetts converts home movies captured on older formats such as 8mm, Super 8 film, VHS , VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, and Mini-DV into digitally remastered versions on DVD. For more information on VHS please visit our website at: www.icehousepictures.com

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