ecorder) A videotape recording and playback machine that houses both supply and take-up reels of tape in a convenient removable package. The most ubiquitous VCR format was the half-inch VHS videocassette. One inch tape cassettes were used in studios for professional mastering, and Sony's 3/4" U-matic tape cassettes were used in corporate training before VHS tapes became popular. See Betamax
and VHS ripping
The VHS Videocassette
Before the DVD, the half-inch VHS videocassette was the most widely used distribution and recording medium for movies.
The First Consumer VCR
The VCR on the left was integrated into the console of an Emerson color TV in 1972. For more details, see Cartrivision
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