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Older VHS tapes

Posted by bus_driver (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 10, 09 at 19:50

This forum apparently has relatively few regular readers, but maybe this will help someone. Back in the early days of home VCRs, tapes were expensive, easily $6.00 or more each. And wages were then considerably less also. I recorded most of the time at EP/SLP for those reasons. I kept many of the tapes and now am transferring some of them to DVD to minimize storage space. It seems that tapes recorded at EP/SLP on the really old machines may not play well at all on some newer VCRs. The tape may appear to be bad when it is not. Terrible picture quality. I found an old discussion of this on a forum archive. I have 4 different brands of VCR here and simply using a different VCR usually solves the problem. Not convenient to switch hookups, but necessary. So don't give up on an old tape, try a different player. Apparently no problem with tapes home recorded at SP.

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RE: Older VHS tapes

Tracking differences and head wear. The tape runs slower at EP, much slower at SLP, than at SP, tracking accuracy is more crucial at the slower speeds.

RE: Older VHS tapes

My observation is that the VCR speeds are SP, LP, and SLP/EP, the SLP and EP designations being dependent on the manufacturer. Some units do not offer LP recording, but will play tapes recorded at that speed.

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