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Philips VCR (N1500) and VCR-LP (N1700) to DVD or video files VCR logo

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 1980's.  Often these were known by the video recorder model numbers N1500 or N1700, but the early machines may be numbered N1501, N1502, N1512 and the later ones N1701 or 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.

Philips N1500 video recorder 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.

Philips N1700 video cassette  Early Philips VCR N1500 and VCR-LP N1700 tapes can be copied to video files on USB.

Priced at 40 per tape (slightly less in larger quantities).  Note that N1500 or N1700 tapes which have been badly stored are likely to be very difficult, occasionally impossible, to recover.  I do however "go the extra mile" and have constructed a special tape polishing rig just for working difficult tapes on this format, and I also have a tape baking process.  If a tape requires such restoration, there may sometimes be a small charge to help towards time and 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

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How to request a VCR (N1500/N1700/SVR) video transfer.

We have an easy order page, just select what kind of tapes you have and supply your details.  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.  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 want your tapes back after you have the copies (recommended):

Not everyone needs their tapes returned once they have the transfers, but if you do, there will be a little to add for postage costs.. For a single video tape in the UK, this is just 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 video files 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.  If you have reasonably fast broadband, I can possibly upload the vide files to you directly for one or two tapes.

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