S-VHS plays on VHS?

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  1. Bob Smith

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    I work for a small TV network that shows a lot of public domain films. I had a gentleman bring me some P.D. movies on S-VHS. We don't have an S-VHS machine but he said our professional VHS players would work. I thought he was high but I tried it out. Well, he was right, and the films looked great. How is this?
     
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    Many modern VHS players can playback S-VHS tapes in "quasi-S-VHS" mode. It doesn't give you the added resolution of S-VHS -- it just lets you watch the video at VHS resolution. Maybe your VHS player supports this playback mode?
     
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    Possibly, the signal was a VHS signal. Even though it was recorded on a SVHS tape. If so, it would play on any NTSC VHS deck, just not with SVHS quality.
     
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    The tape was definitely an S-VHS tape and S-VHS dub (I've known this source for years and trust him), our decks are definitely not S-VHS. The picture looked a hell of a lot better than any VHS I've seen, at least 3/4 quality. I'm seriously thinking about transfering these puppies to BetaSP and airing them. I'll buy the "quasi S-VHS" explanation. But I can tell these are'nt run of the mill VHS.

    One problem on one movie however. It's a b&w title and every few seconds I get a burst of red & blue pixelation. I dubbed it to BetaSP and turned the chroma off, yet I still see it. Any ideas?
     
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    Most pro vhs machines will play svhs, but consumer vhs machines won't.
     
  7. Eric F

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    No. Not true. As stated before, a few companies (especially Sharp) makes consumer VHS decks with Quasi-SVHS playback.

    This was answered already. Why is it so hard to beleive?
     
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    Joe and Eric are correct.
     
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    Searching MySimon's VCR category with 'quasi' returns many decks...including a JVC as cheap as $62. Some decks may not even be advertising the 'quasi' feature at this point.
     
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    I bought my parents a cheap RCA VHS deck about 6 or 7 years ago and it played my S-VHS tapes (in VHS resolution) no problem. I bought a Samsung VHS deck a few years ago and it did not play SVHS tapes at all. So it depends on the unit.

    My advice is to take a S-VHS tape to your dealer and try it.

    George C.
     
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    Or even better, just buy a low-end SVHS deck. I think JVC has one under $150 now.
     

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