CVC from Technicolor and Funai

CVC (Compact Video Cassette, not to be confused with V2000 which went by the Video Compact Cassette name) was developed by Funai Electronics of Japan and usually sold under the Technicolor brand. Model numbers for these machines included 212E portable, and the 335E Video Showcase which includes a video monitor.  A Grundig VP100 was essentially the same as the Technicolor 212E.  The tapes for the CVC format came in 30 minutes, and later 45 and 60 minutes lengths.  Markings can include: V30 and VE30 (models 730E, 712 or FZ 3000),  VE45 (model 745 or FZ 4500) &  VE60 / V60 (model 760), and can be marked "microvideo".  Tape brands are usually Technicolor, Funai, Siemens, Grundig, Universum or Uher, and most recordings of this format were made around 1982 - 1984.

The format was not a commercial success.  Furthermore the machines themselves have a number of design defects which make them quite unreliable, and working ones are very rare today.  

Priced at £30 per tape for at least two tapes (£35 for one), ask about quantity discounts if you have around 10 or more tapes.  Nearly all customers today prefer their transfers to video files rather than DVDs, the cost is the same, just ask.  The files can be uploaded to you, put onto a USB stick, or onto hard disk if you have a lot of tapes.

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We can now run NTSC (USA television system) as well as PAL (UK, Europe) tapes for the CVC format, we are almost certainly being the only business in the world to have this capability.  Recorders in NTSC would have the model numbers 212D and 335D.  * SECAM machines were also built.  We can attempt to play SECAM tapes but be aware that the colour reproduction may be poor or even monochrome.

Here you can see part of our collection of very rare CVC equipment.
CVC players

How to request a CVC transfer to video files.

We have a new and easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.  Video files are highly recommended because they are higher quality than DVDs, easier to edit, share and back up.

If for any reason you get stuck filling out the form, just email me and I'll help you personally.  It's a personal service I offer, not like some of the big video editing houses.  I can run both PAL and NTSC system CVC format tapes, being almost certainly the only business in the world with this capability.

Why come to video99 for CVC transfers?

We are probably unique in Europe in being able to support this format in both NTSC and PAL television standards, so wherever your tapes come from we can handle them.  Furthermore, we have backup machines.  It's a fairly fragile format so machine breakdowns do happen, but since we have spare equipment we can keep going even if a machine does have a bad day.  So we won't let you down, we'll keep going!  And we also have a tape restoration process set up so that if the tapes are "sticky" due to tape degredation, we can still recover them, usually at no extra charge.  Even if you can find some other business who can run them, you won't get this level of expertise anywhere else.  We have been running this format since 2008, so we are clearly the experts for the rare and fragile CVC format.

If you want your tapes back after you have the transfers (recommended):

Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they have the transfers, but I do recommend it. For a single video tape in the UK, this is about £3.55.  For larger quantities, and tapes from outside the UK, I will let you know.  Ideally can you ensure you send the tapes in a package which is sufficiently large and robust for me to use to send back your original tapes. Usually I will send the transfers to you ahead of returning your tapes, then when you've confirmed you are happy with the transfers, I will return your tapes. This way I can help you further if necessary - for example you can now see you want a different part of a tape transferred on its own.

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