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06 Apr 2014, 8:49 am

I threw away a lot of tapes when I moved as I had more than enough to carry w/o dozens of tapes on top of it.......but only stuff I could find later.

BASF 5 hr tapes was the worst crap *ever* , always faulty........I always used to joke that the germans invented those (out of spite) cuz they lost the war :lol:



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06 Apr 2014, 9:59 am

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I dont TiVo.

Still use blank VHS's to tape stuff to this day.

Just watched "Parenthood" on VHS because I heard on WP that it has aspie characters- so I taped it because its after my bedtime (gotta be at work at 6am).

I think they still sell blank VHS tapes at the drugstore (though I havent checked extremely recently).

But I rarely ever bought blank VHS's anyway, because I recycle triple X'ers alot (just put a piece of electrical tape of that square notch in the corner). Recording over a normal hollywood film is like defacing a book ( its just not done), but one gets tired of a triple Xer fast and theyre fair game. So most of my homemade VHS library of PBS shows and Turner Movie Classics is on what were originally porno tapes.

if you time shift, how to you get the digital-to-analog converter tuner to change channels and turn on when your VCR turns on? does your VCR have a ATSC tuner?


Cant do it. I can tape while Im watching, or I can turn off the set and go to bed with the tuned to the station that the show is on ( on the digital tuner) with the recorder set up to record channel 4 - and record while Im away from the set (while sleeping or whatever). But I cant watch one thing and tape something else as back when I had cable days.



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06 Apr 2014, 8:39 pm

vhs HELL, who here remembers what BETA is? or what Umatic is?



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07 Apr 2014, 6:05 am

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Unless there have been no births since 2001 I imagine so :lol:

I never had a portable tape player, but based on that article the portable CD players were not much better and those things would skip if exposed to any bumps when walking or riding the bus or in a car.


Dont know what all the fuss about the Walkman was about, as if they where a new invention or something, I had one of These http://www.petervis.com/Tape%20Recorder ... -3302.html back in 1970. wasnt much bigger, came in a leatherette holder you put over your shoulder, I used to listen to it whilst cycling though It never had headphones so the rest of the world had to hear Led Zeppelin, It did have some sort of external speaker socket as I used to connect the device to various car speakers I had positioned around my bedroom, I dont know if headphones where available for such a connection.



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07 Apr 2014, 7:54 am

The Walkman enabled the demise of the Boom Box. Ever see a 40 pound kid carry a 40 pound Boom Box? That's not too much of an exaggeration. I've personally seen 60 pound kids carrying 40 pound Boom Boxes.

The transistor radio, in the 60's and 70's, was similar to the Walkman, in that one could walk with it with headphones. There was no attachment, however, with a shirt pocket or whatever. Obviously, it could not play cassette tapes as well.



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07 Apr 2014, 4:33 pm

the Phillips compact cassette revolutionized music reproduction, making it truly portable for the first time.



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07 Apr 2014, 7:37 pm

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Needless to say, I have an appreciation for the format, with its warm-sounding audio, distortion artifacts, fuzzy picture... brings back so many good memories. :D

If I ever go into filmmaking, I want to shoot my first film on VHS, preferably with one of those bigass oldschool camcorders.


The way films were meant to be made. 8)


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07 Apr 2014, 7:39 pm

conundrum wrote:
mr_bigmouth_502 wrote:
Needless to say, I have an appreciation for the format, with its warm-sounding audio, distortion artifacts, fuzzy picture... brings back so many good memories. :D

If I ever go into filmmaking, I want to shoot my first film on VHS, preferably with one of those bigass oldschool camcorders.


The way films were meant to be made. 8)

if you wanna see what a movie shot on VHS looks like, rent the latest version of "the crying game" and watch the alternate ending which was preserved on videotape.



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07 Apr 2014, 7:40 pm

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BASF 5 hr tapes was the worst crap *ever* , always faulty........I always used to joke that the germans invented those (out of spite) cuz they lost the war :lol:


I remember those...and I agree wholeheartedly. Right out of the plastic wrap, whatever I recorded on them looked awful. Kodak, Sony and Magnavox tapes worked better.


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07 Apr 2014, 7:41 pm

conundrum wrote:
collectoritis wrote:
BASF 5 hr tapes was the worst crap *ever* , always faulty........I always used to joke that the germans invented those (out of spite) cuz they lost the war :lol:


I remember those...and I agree wholeheartedly. Right out of the plastic wrap, whatever I recorded on them looked awful. Kodak, Sony and Magnavox tapes worked better.

I'm glad I never ran into that problem with them.



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10 Apr 2014, 7:18 am

I found TDK 4 hr tapes the best :)

Trivia : Aki's white Toyota 2000 GT had a VHS recorder in 007 YOLT , quite amazing in 1966 ;)



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10 Apr 2014, 12:44 pm

I just gave away a box of VHS tapes unused, wish some of you were closer to me so I coulda given 'em to you all.



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10 Apr 2014, 4:02 pm

My mother and sister still have a lot of VHS tapes, though they don't watch many of them anymore. They do still tape TV shows off cable when they can, but even new blank VHS tapes (yes, they're still made) play nowhere near the same as the actual broadcast. I think its a digital-to-analog issue, personally.


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10 Apr 2014, 4:07 pm

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My mother and sister still have a lot of VHS tapes, though they don't watch many of them anymore. They do still tape TV shows off cable when they can, but even new blank VHS tapes (yes, they're still made) play nowhere near the same as the actual broadcast. I think its a digital-to-analog issue, personally.

it is mainly a resolution issue- VHS tops out at around 250 lines of resolution whereas digital is 480. it is something like taking a picture with a 110 camera as opposed to a 35 mm camera.



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10 Apr 2014, 8:14 pm

Do I remember VCRs? Yeah. Born in '96 and very proud to say I do remember them. My favorite tape was a Winnie the Pooh storybook thing.


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