Category Archives: Technology

Back on track with Betamax transfers

What goes around comes around – our latest acquisition is another Sanyo Betamax VCR Remember the battle that took place between the two big rival home video formats in the early 80s? Matsushita’s VHS (Panasonic and JVC) took on Sony’s … Continue reading

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Latest acquisitions – Sony EIAJ 1/2″ Helical VTRs

One of the earliest non-broadcast video tape recording formats to find popular use in business, education and social media settings is the 1/2″ EIAJ Helical Reel-to-reel video format. We now have three such machines! As a user of this format … Continue reading

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Rescuing Milton Keynes’ history on film

Milton Keynes is perhaps unique in being the only UK town or city whose development has been documented on film and video since its inception. That didn’t prevent some unique film from being consigned to a skip. Here’s a short … Continue reading

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Flashback to 1974 – early VCRs

Luxury items: Early Sony Betamax and JVC VHS VCRs In the mid 1970s, the new consumer video cassette recorders (VCRs) were just being introduced and the ownership of such a device in the home was seen as a real status … Continue reading

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