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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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VIDEO TAPE

Video tape comes in various widths to fit various tape machines. Every tape machine can work with only one width of tape. There's 1/4 inch, 8 mm, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch and 2 inch tape. Format is a term for generic design of a range of hardware. There is more to format than just size; tape speed and other electronic differences which make not all 1/2 inch tapes playable on all 1/2 inch machines. To simplify matters, various manufacturers and video-associations have agreed to standardise on several formats. So if a tape is recorded on a certain format machine, it should playback on the same format machine, regardless of the manufacturer. The most popular formats today are 3/4 U, VHS, Beta and 8 mm. About 90 per cent of homes with ...

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