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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.


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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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