A VHS tape is a consumer-grade analog recording videotape developed in 1976 by the Victor Company in Japan. VHS originally stood for Vertical Helical Scan. It referred to the tape recording method used which employs a spinning read/write head and diagonal tracks. A video cassette consists of a plastic shell containing 1/2 inch wide magnetic tape used to record images and sounds. The tape has a horizontal resolution of 240 lines and can hold up to six hours of material, depending on the recording mode.

During the 1980s VHS tape dominated the video market and became the leading consumer format for home movies. Video camcorders turned countless users into videographers instantly by allowing them to capture special events they could view with a VCR.

Over the years consumers have amassed vast collections of home movies captured on VHS. However the magnetic tape in VHS cassettes deteriorate. As time passes, videotapes lose their magnetic signal. As a result, the sharpness, quality and color deteriorate. The only way to stop the degradation process is to have your videotapes digitized. Digital content provides exceptional durability and never degrades over time. Above all, you’ll be able to view, share, and edit that old footage with ease.

Icehouse Pictures in Plymouth, Massachusetts makes it easy for you to protect and share your family history. We convert home movies captured on VHS into digitally remastered versions on DVD or thumb drive. Contact us for more information on VHS.