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As well as VHS and Beta, there was another video tape format in Europe, usually known as V2000.  Marketed by Philips, Pye, Grundig and B&O, not much portable equipment was released using this format and so transfer services are hard to find. You may have precious recordings on these tapes, and video99 has more expertise in V2000 to DVD transfers than probably anyone else in the UK.  I have a selection of several  machines to use for V2000 transfers, which lets me use the machine which gives the best results on your particular tape - because some V2000 tapes play better on machines without a feature called Dynamic Track Following, and some play better with it.  Furthermore, most of my Video2000 machines have brand new video heads fitted to them (very expensive!), just to get the very best from your tapes.  The signals are extracted at baseband (not all Philips V2000 players can do this) and then pass via a Digital Timebase Corrector for the best possible results.  (I can't yet offer XP extended play recordings from V2000, but it is highly unlikely you have any of these.)

A Philips Video 2000 video recorder The first Philips 2000 video recorder sold in the UK.


Tape type

Running times (maximum)

V2000    VCC480 / VCC360 /

VCC240 / VCC120

Each side is half the amount of minutes, eg. VCC240 = 2*120 minutes.

Transfers to DVD:

Basic Menu, 15 per tape:  You get a chapter point every 5 minutes so it is easy to move around the DVD.  Each DVD will take up to 2.5 hours.  Because the tape can be recorded on both sides, it generally takes more than one DVD to record all of the material from a V2000 tape, but I can pick out just the useful material for you if you have a tape full of various stuff including just one important part.  Priced at 15 per DVD, with extra copies (highly recommended) at just 3.50 each.

Transfers to other formats:

Options include transfer to MPEG2 files, DV AVI format files on hard disk for larger quantities of tapes (5 or more), transfer to miniDV or even DVCAM.  Just email me for details.

We believe that all V2000 recordings are made using the PAL television system.  If you have a V2000 recording made in France, please contact me to discuss this.

Television systems explained


How to request a V2000 video transfer.

We have a new and easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.  I will then confirm the price, or best guess at the price, and let you know the address to send the tapes.  V2000 recordings sometimes require particular personal attention, just let me know of any particular requirements.  Usually I transfer to video-DVD but options include transfer to computer file, miniDV tape and more.

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 understand that in many cases you will not be able to tell how much material is on the original recordings.  

If recorded on equipment from France, see the Television systems explained.  Only PAL recordings are accepted for V2000.

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

Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they have the DVDs, but if you do, please remember to include postage costs. For a single video tape in the UK, this is just 2.50 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 DVDs to you ahead of returning your tapes, then when you've confirmed you are happy with the DVDs, 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 or you want extra copies.

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Some previous testimonials for www.video99.co.uk V2000 video transfers

We are listed on the independent Freeindex service, you can read and add to reviews there too.

Here is a BBC pamphlet from arund 1984 showing new releases on VHS, Beta, V2000 and Laserdisc.

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