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When you convert VHSC to DVD, you are working with one of the most popular camcorder formats from the past twenty years. We see many VHS-C tapes at Timeless DVD, and can often combine four or five tapes to a single DVD!

At right is an excerpt of a VHS-C tape that was converted to DVD by Timeless DVD. The video was filmed in 1995, and shows footage from Florida's Cypress Gardens park. Take particular note of the beautiful saturated colors that our processing amplifier was able to improve on from the original mini tape via our transfers to DVD. An extended version of this video appears on our Sample Disc.

Our Sample Disc also displays two additional excerpts of VHS-C tape to DVD: a birthday party in California in 1987 and a Pennsylvania farm in 1992. All the videos are excellent examples of the stability, color, and clarity that our careful transfer process is able to obtain when we convert VHS-C tapes – which can be quite tricky to work with!

VHS-C Conversion

In the early days of home video, one of the "holy Grails" was developing a consumer-friendly video camera format. At the time, video cameras came in two separate pieces: a camera and a VCR, both of which had to be lugged around.

JVC, the creator of VHS, developed their own solution: Compact VHS, or VHS-C. The format was introduced in 1982, not long after VHS itself began its march to video domination. VHS-C uses the same tape as regular VHS, and records in exactly the same way. However, the cassette shell is just a third of the size.

In a move that is not surprising of a company that focused on consumers' basic needs in their development of VHS, JVC realized the consumers did not want another deck to play back their VHS-C tapes. So they developed a VHS adapter shell into which the VHS-C could be placed and play back normally in a standard VCR. This way, they achieved their "camcorder" goals without making older equipment obsolete.

VHS-C's main competitor was Sony's 8mm variants, which offered many improvements over VHS-C: a longer running time, a smaller and lighter tape, and the ability to perform higher-level tasks, such as PCM audio recording. But VHS-C still wins in the "ease of use" department, since 8mm tapes have never had an adapter that enables them to work in a consumer VCR. (Nor could they; the size of the plastic videotape precludes any VHS VCR compatibility.)

Today, VHS-C tapes are best converted to DVD via a tape to DVD transfer, since the playing ability of the tapes seems to diminish year by year. If you haven't taken the step to transfer VHS-C to DVD, the time to do it is now!

Convert VHSC-to DVD

For more information, please see:
VHS-C to DVD - More details about the VHS-C format and our video to DVD services
Birthday Video - Transfer VHSC tapes of your birthday parties and more

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