Jan 17, 2000
"VHS Clear" Cassette Specifications Standardized
VHS Cassette Evolves from Black to Color and even Transparent Versions
Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.(JVC) has developed technical specifications for "VHS Clear" cassettes and added them to the VHS system standards. The new specifications will enable the VHS video cassette, the premiere video recording media in markets around the world, to be produced with transparent housings.
VHS cassettes have traditionally been manufactured in black or dark colors because the VHS system uses photo sensors to detect the end of the tape, and brightly colored and transparent packages can cause malfunctions.
Recent years, however, have seen more colorful personal computers and audio equipment come on the market and gain widespread support. As home products become more colorful and fashion-oriented, users and artists alike are seeking color and transparent VHS cassettes.
JVC has investigated the technology for achieving these demands, and has successfully developed the technology to prevent hardware malfunctions by adding a light shade to the body of the VHS cassette (see page 4 for details). (Five intellectual property applications are now pending.)
The new "VHS Clear" cassette standard will enable more colorful, fashionable blank and prerecorded VHS cassettes to be delivered to the world's markets, adding yet another dimension to the VHS system and making significant contributions to the invigoration of this market.
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<VHS Cassette Coloring Development>
The VHS video system was developed in 1976 for the home market. It has established itself as the de facto standard for home video tape recorders capable of recording television programs, playing back prerecorded tapes, and recording and playing back home videos. During the intervening twenty-three years, a total of more than seven hundred million VHS decks have been sold, along with almost thirty billion cassettes.
Recent years have seen home products become more colorful and fashion-oriented, prompting JVC to study technologies for bringing color and transparency to VHS cassette housings.
There were two reasons why
color and transparent VHS cassettes were not possible in
JVC successfully developed technology to prevent hardware malfunctions by adding original light shades to the body of VHS cassette. This technology has been named "VHS Clear" cassettes and has been added to the VHS system standard. (Five intellectual property applications are now pending.)
The VHS Clear Cassette standard
will bring several new benefits to users:
We are confident that these innovations will make significant contributions to the invigoration of the entire market for VHS systems.
specifications for the "VHS Clear"
<The concept of light shades for the "VHS Clear" cassettes>
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