VHS-C Adapter

Do you remember having these as a kid? I sure do. I remember grabbing dad’s old camcorder out and using it for hours on end. I had so much fun lugging that thing around and making my own home videos. At the time though, one thing’s for sure…I wasn’t ever knowledgeable about using a VHS-C Adapter, and never did I think that they’d improve into such an amazing digital sensation.

The VHS-C was first released in 1982, used primarily for consumer grade compact camcorders. This allowed the formatting of a videotape used in VHS to be played back in a standard VHS VCR with an adapter. It is now every cheap to obtain, the format is largely obsolete even as a consumer standard and has now been replaced for digital standard video formats, which have smaller form factors and don’t need to go through a tape. Instead, they are powered by either batteries of a USB device, making it a lot easier without all of the jumbling through tapes.

There is a magnetic strip of tape on the VHS-C cassettes and is wound on one main spool and used in a gear wheel which makes the tape move backwards and forwards. It can additionally be moved by hand; however this can sometimes stuff up the cassette which will leave you with a ruined film. This development was hampered by the sales of Betamax system somewhat because the Betamax cassette geometry prevented a similar development, while it was popular in its time, it is very rarely used today.

You can still buy a VHS-C Adapter these days at your local super market or basic hardware/software shop, and you shouldn’t have any troubles using one of them. The prices will range from $2-10 USD, just depending on the shop and the current market for them. If you’re worried about cost, you’ll probably find the most inexpensive price on the internet, as is the case with most hardware.

The VHS-C was one of the first pioneering formats of the compact camcorder market which was released to compete with Video8. However Video8 was smaller then the VHS-C, but was also compatible with VHS tape decks. This further complicated things, essentially splitting the market into half. A higher quality version of the VHS-C was released, based on S-VHS known as S-VHS-C which compared against Hi8, the higher quality version of Video8.

Obviously, the quicker you can get your VHS and/or C movies digitized onto DVD, the better. Videotapes have the storage life of approximately 10 years with only a small margin of safety. Beyond this, they can’t be guaranteed. Since VHS-C also requires an adapter to be played in a VHS VCR, these adapters are now becoming extremely difficult to get hold of. So if yours is broken or lost, you may find it almost impossible to deal with the matter.

If you can’t find an adapter, you can always hire a company to do the conversion for you, which generally costs around 10-20 bucks per conversion. However, when I needed to convert my VHS-C movies onto DVD and/or to VHS format, I was able to find an adapter on eBay and in a variety of other online shops.

The bottom line is that if you want to convert your old movies onto a more portable and durable format, then you need to either get yourself a VHS-C adapter, or find someone that can convert them for you. It won’t be long before the data will be lost forever.

This VHS-C Adapter Review is Written/Updated on May 25th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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