A rather crude and low quality tape-based video recording format
from the 70s, which remained popular 'till the 90s, mainly because
it was the lowest common denominator (practically everybody back then had a VHS machine).
VHS can capture only
a portion of the detail
the TV signal
offers (less than 50%), even in "standard play" mode. Original VHS recorders could only
record low quality mono sound, but later-day VHS recorders could
also record Hi-Fi stereo. The biggest disadvantages of VHS were
it's low quality blurry picture, and the fact the tapes lost
even more detail
when stored, played or copied. So, once you wrote something on VHS, it was guaranteed to become progressively worse in terms of quality over
A close cousin of VHS is S-VHS, an upgraded version which captures most
of the detail
the TV signal
offers (close to 90%), but unfortunately
S-VHS tapes lose detail over
People like me who like to preserve their family
videos and TV recordings for as long
as possible hate
even the mention
of the name VHS (and S-VHS), as it brings back bleak memories from the 80s of their favorite videos rotting away without them
being able to do something to save them
resulted in loss
by itself and was only
a temporary measure).
Better recording alternatives include DV recorders, DVD recorders, DVRs and media center PCs.
Believe it or not, there
are people who still like VHS and mourn over
, for reasons that contradict common logic.
-Me: Why are you treating your family videos
by writing them to VHS tapes?
-Other guy: I am retro dude! DVD is a conspiracy by corporations to make you buy more stuff.
-Me: Let me guess, you also drive a carriage to work instead
of a car, because cars
are a conspiracy to make you buy more stuff?