VHS to DVD video transfer is based around
the VHS tape, or "Video Home System." It was introduced
in 1976 by JVC and was the standard for home video until about
2003, when DVD officially became more popular. It's getting
more and more difficult to even find VHS tapes or VCRs in stores.
For that reason, now is a great time to transfer VHS tapes
to DVD, both for easier viewing of your tapes as well as preservation.
A VHS cassette is 7 1/4" wide, 4" deep, and 1" thick.
It contains a half-inch-wide magnetic tape that is wound between
two rolls. The tape passes slowly over the playback and recording
heads of the VCR, and the thickness of the tape helps the format
Before we convert VHS, we always open
the cover to check the condition of the actual plastic tape.
A VHS tape case features a latch with a toggle, which operates
the flip cover protecting the tape mechanism. We always flip
this cover open to check that the tape is intact before playing
VHS triumphed over Betamax in the infamous "VHS-Betamax" battle
due to the tape's longer playing time and less complex tape transport
mechanism. It also had the benefit of JVC's better marketing
campaign. Nevertheless, many home video enthusiasts still believe
that Betamax is and was the superior format.
The development of the VHS-C tape also helped VHS become the
dominant consumer tape type. These small tapes used the same
tape as a VHS, but in a shell that was half the size. The camcorder
tapes then fit easily into an adapter shell. See our VHS-C
to DVD page for transferring these tapes to DVD.