The first really successful video cassettes were of the VCR type,
way back in
1972, and the similar VCR-LP format was in use until the early
Often these were known by the video recorder model numbers N1500 or
the early machines may be numbered N1501, N1502, N1512 and the later
N1702 or similar numbers. A further development known as SVR, was
marketed for a very short time by ITT
and Grundig in 1979, and I even cover this exceptionally rare variant.
The first successful video cassette recorder from 1972.
These are square cassettes in which the tape starts at the bottom and winds its way to the top. Sometimes the format is known simply as VCR, and was also marketed by Dynatron, ITT, Grundig, Loewe, Pye and Skantic. N1500 tapes run for up to one hour and N1700 tapes run for up to three hours, but neither recording will play in machines intended for the other. A further development known as SVR (Super Video Recording), was marketed for a very short time by ITT and Grundig in 1979, and video99 is almost certainly the only transfer company also able to carry out these transfers. Tapes are sometimes marked with both N1500 and N1700 recording times on them. Tape markings include VC15, VC30, VC60, LVC120, LVC180 or SVC3, SVC4 and are usually branded Philips, Agfa, ITT, Du Pont or BASF.
You have come to the right place for these transfers, www.video99.co.uk is almost the only video transfer service in the world able to handle the very early Philips VCR N1500 and VCR-LP N1700 and Grundig SVR tapes. Another UK based company charges around £140 per tape, and they can't handle all variants. Often you can't tell by looking at a tape, which of the three variants it is, anyway www.video99.co.uk is almost certainly the only video transfer service in the world capable of handling all three variants.
Early Philips VCR N1500 and VCR-LP N1700 tapes can be copied to DVD.
I usually offer the one
service for VCR (N1500), later VCR-LP (N1700), and Grundig SVR tapes,
menus. Priced at £40 per
tape (less in larger quantities). Note that N1500 or N1700
have been badly stored are likely to be very difficult, occasionally
to recover. I do however "go the extra mile" and have
constructed a special tape polishing rig just for working difficult
this format, and I also have a tape baking process. If a tape
such restoration, there may sometimes be a small charge to help towards
materials, but usually I waive this. Very long SVR format
recordings may cost a bit more since they can run for up to 4 hours,
but these are quite rare.
The exceptionally rare Grundig SVR (SVR4004) format is supported by video99.co.uk
We have an easy
order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply
details. If for any reason you get stuck filling out the form,
help you personally. It's a personal service I offer, not
of the big video editing houses. These old recordings sometimes
require particular personal attention,
just let me know of any particular requirements. I recommend
taking video files on a USB stick or by upload rather than DVDs.
If you have a dead N1500, N1502, N1512, N1700 or similar video recorder that you don't require, please email me because I'm always looking for spares for these.
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