VHS-C to DVD transfer is based around the
VHS-C tape, or "Video Home System-Compact." It was
introduced by JVC in 1983 to take advantage of VHS's popularity,
but provide a smaller alternative for the burgeoning consumer
camcorder market. Fun fact: the first VHS-C camcorder model
was used by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future!
(He used it to tape the event
video of the DeLorean's first
JVC introduced its small VHS-C camcorder to compete with Sony's
Betamovie, the first consumer camcorder. Some companies also
released video cameras that used full-size VHS tapes, to compete
with the longer running time of the Video8 tape.
The VHS-C cassette is 3 5/8" long, 2 1/4" wide, and
7/8" thick. The half-inch tape inside is the same width
as a VHS tape. Inside, the magnetic tape is wound between a main
spool and a take-up spool, with a geared wheel moving the tape
forward. These wheels can also be moved by hand.
We convert VHS-C tapes using the famous VHS
adapter shell, but we always flip each tape's protective cover
open to check that it is intact first. The easy-to-use adapter
shell is one big reason that VHS-C continued to be a popular
video format as long as the VHS VCR was a main piece of electronics
in most homes. As DVD players and digital video cameras arrived,
VHS-C became an obsolete format.
The VHS-C format displays 250 lines of resolution on the television
screen, and is thus the same quality level as VHS. This resolution
stays intact when we transfer