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Video Duplication and Transfers

Tape Formats

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VHS

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Beta SP

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Betamax

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VHS-C

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8MM, HI-8, Digital 8

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DV cam

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MiniDV

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U-matic 3/4"

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Super VHS

VHS Tape

2-6 hrs - Video Home System utilizing half-inch tape, which is the most widely used videotape format.

30 mins-2 hrs - A higher quality version of the VHS videotape format with a sharper picture and resolution similar to that of HI-8.

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VHS-C

MiniDV

45-90 mins - A regular VHS video tape wound into a smaller cartridge. Since the cartridge is smaller, the length of VHS/C tape is limited to a maximum of 45 minutes. Longer times can be achieved using a long play mode but the quality usually is poor compared to the faster speed. The compact tapes are inserted into your VCR using a cassette adapter.

30-80 mins - The smallest of the video formats. Editing enthusiasts benefit from Mini DV since copying between two units is done with no quality loss. That means edited or copied video looks and sounds as good as the original footage. Mini DV tapes are available in 30, 60,63 and 80 minute lengths.

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8mm Tape

Hi8

30 mins-2 hrs - Regular 8mm tapes are the exact size and shape as their HI8 counterparts, but record video at a lower resolution level.

30 mins-2 hrs - Slight quality loss is suffered when copying or editing from HI-8, but a better than average image is maintained. Tapes from HI-8 camcorders generally must be played using the camera as the source, which means the user often must connect cables to their television or VCR. HI-8 tapes can be bought in 30, 60, and 120-minute lengths.

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Digital-8

45-90 mins - A format that is far superior to HI-8 or 8MM. It is backward compatible, meaning that the Digital8 camcorders and VCR's will also play 8MM and HI-8 tapes. A regular 8MM or HI-8 tape will record up to 60 minutes of digital video and audio. A 2 hour HI-8 or 8MM tape will record 60 minutes when done in the Digital mode and records up to 500 lines of resolution.

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