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VHS to DVD conversion is one of the most frequent jobs we handle at Timeless DVD. And it's not surprising: VHS was the most popular consumer video format for about 20 years.

At right is an excerpt showing a VHS tape transferred by Timeless DVD. The video was filmed in 1984, and shows a hula show, the World War II memorial, and scenery. This video is an excellent example of the vibrancy and sharp detail that our VCRs and additional video processors are able to extract from a VHS tape when we transfer video to digital.

The full version of this video on our Sample Disc contains additional scenery and a longer sequence at the war memorial. Our Sample Disc also displays two more VHS samples: footage of fire damage in a small town in 1987 and a 1997 wedding. If you are interested in preserving your VHS tapes to DVD, we urge you to order our Sample Disc and see the results we may be able to obtain when we transfer VHS tape to DVD for you!

Convert VHS Video to DVD

VHS – or Video Home System – was launched by JVC in Japan in 1976 to compete with Sony's burgeoning Betamax format. It arrived in the United States in the early 1980s and quickly became a success for twenty years – which is why copying VHS to DVD is a frequent activity at Timeless DVD!

Why did VHS triumph over Betamax? For a few reasons. First, in the early days, VHS could fit at least 2 hours of video on a single tape, while Betamax could only fit 1 hour. This is partly because VHS cassettes are larger, but also because the VHS format has a lower "recording density." While both formats increased their maximum running time, VHS got up to 6 or 8 hours per tape while Betamax topped out at just over 4. Consumers didn't care that Betamax offered a higher-quality picture; they preferred to fit more video on a single tape. (And keep in mind that video tapes were not that cheap back in the 1980s!)

Also, while Sony developed their Betamax machines from professional earlier formats (primarily U-matic), JVC designed a unit that simply offered consumers the basics that they needed. This philosophy carried through to the manufacturing of the VHS units, and some companies chose to back VHS because the machines were easier and cheaper to produce. VHS was simply a less-demanding format, all around.

Add to this some savvy marketing on the part of JVC, and it's easy to see why VHS became the video format of choice for the consumer through most of the 1980s and 1990s. As of the mid-2000s, though, this once-popular tape is going the way of the dodo. There's no better time to copy VHS to DVD.

VHS to DVD Conversion

For more information about our video to DVD services, please see:
VHS to DVD - Extensive details about the VHS format and video tapes transfer
Wedding Video - Ideas for video-related wedding projects

If you need to convert VHS video to DVD, we're the answer!


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