widescreen vhs

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  1. Mikey Ber

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    does widescreen vhs (ntsc) work on 16:9 rptv's? would you see black bands?
     
  2. Mark_Wilson

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    you'd see black bars on all four sides, it would be window boxed. You could 'zoom' it to fill the screen, depending upon Aspect Ratio, but it won't look very good.
     
  3. Jerry Gracia

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    Widescreen VHS...man, I started out with widescreen on VHS back in 1997 until 10/1998 when I first got a DVD player. (bad memories)
    Anyway, to answer your question:
    I don't own a 16:9 TV. Widescreen VHS would "work" on a 16:9 set although the picture quality would suffer in the extreme. Given VHS' 240 lines of resolution coupled with the added loss of resolution due to letterboxing, VHS will look quite terrible, I imagine, zoomed in on a 16:9 set.
    On 1.85 tapes you would see no black bars (zoomed) and on 2.35 you would still see thin black bands on top and bottom (zoomed).
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  4. Mikey Ber

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    that 's what I thought, thanks everyone
     
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    It'd work just like a non-anamorphic widescreen DVD. There'd be a significant loss of resolution, so it wouldn't look as pretty, but yes, it would "work."
     
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    vh what?
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  7. David Lambert

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    Damn...I forgot.
    What does VHS stand for again? Is it "Video Home System" or something like that?
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  8. TheoGB

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    For the record I have a widescreen TV and watch w/s videos on it (i.e. Indy and Star Wars [​IMG] )
    You have to use the Zoom function but then this isn't so bad because this is also what you have to do with TV broadcasts as they're non-anamorphic too.
    Due to the analogue nature of tape I have to confess to finding some VHS better than my few non-anamorphic DVD titles. I'm not saying I enjoy the glitches and so forth but as I lack a full 5.1 setup I can only compare image quality. With a DVD the digital encoding means the lines can be very noticeable where as the blurriness of VHS mushes things slightly.
    Of course it has to be said that one of these non-anamorphic titles is Universal UK's joke release of 12 Monkeys. Well that's the only excuse I can think of for it's quality... [​IMG]
    [Edited last by TheoGB on November 03, 2001 at 06:57 PM]
     
  9. Jacob_St

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    I think VHS stands for "Video Hi-Fidelity System".
     
  10. Edwin-S

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    I think VHS stands for VISUALLY HORRIFYING SHIT. [​IMG]
    It was like when BETA came out; at that time people preferred VHS. Considering how many regular people want P&S films on DVD, things don't seem to have changed much.
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    Films on BETA format were all P&S which was shitty but in terms of PQ it was better looking shit than VHS ever was. [​IMG]
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  11. Larry Sutliff

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    I have a widescreen set, and just recently watched the STAR WARS Trilogy on VHS in widescreen, the only non DVD or laser widescreen films I own. I thought they would look terrible zoomed, but I was pleasantly surprised. The picture lacked the sharpness I'm used to with DVD and(to a lesser extent) laserdisc but it was fairly watchable. I would never make a habit out of watching widescreen VHS but it will do for titles that are unavailable or hard to find in other formats.
     
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    TheoGB;
     
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    No no, VHS stands for Very Horrible Shit.
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    Wow, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly we forget recent history.
    VHS originally stood for Video Helical Scan, refering to the video being recorded on tape at an angle on with a scanning head on a spinning drum. This was done to record a wide (relatively for the state of technology in the late 1970s) bandwith signal on 1/2 tape to keep size down to a minimum. This was much like professional 3/4 inch Umatic Video, but given the VHS designation to differentiate it from the 3/4 inch format.
    Just like DVD went from Digital Video Disc to Digital Versatile Disc, VHS, when marketed to the home, became Video Home System. However, after the first couple of years, this designation was no longer emphesized, and VHS became another undefined term everyone uses but does not actually know the definition to.
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    Hmm. I don't watch enough TV to bother paying the subscription rates for digital TV. I hate watching any sport and I'd rather see my movies on DVD. I can buy Buffy and Angel uncut and without adverts on VHS soon enough for it not to be a problem. Finally I don't like Robert Maxwell for political reasons so I try to have as little to do with him as possible.
    AFAIK, it is commonly held that Betamax failed against VHS because the porn industry liked VHS better. I don't know why they would have done but the rest is history.
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