Thread: Vhs or Dvd?

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    Quote by TMNT
    DVD:-The one thing i like is about dvd is the speical Feauture on the dvd but when you stop playing the dvd it well not go back to the spot were you left off.


    You can set your dvd player to remember the spot you stopped at.
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      • 9 years 11 months ago
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      I prefer DVDs. I love the fact that it fits in a smaller medium which is better if you collect movies, you can fit long movies on one disc instead of two vhs tapes and most of all you can skip directly to a scene instead of fast forwarding it.

      VHS is more durable because of the plastic covering in case it gets dropped but is less durable in that the tape/strip itself is easy to tear and fades after time plus if it does tear or bend you can no longer repair it.

      DVDs hower last longer if you take care of them, just don't scratch them or leave them under intense heat. In the event you do scratch them there's alot of ways to remove the scratches.
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        • 9 years 11 months ago
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        I don't have a DVD Recorder and if I did and the DVD Recorder can't read the VHS, then It's VHS.
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          • 9 years 11 months ago
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          I have preferences for both. Some of my VHS tapes used for recording will obviously become unusable after so many uses or if you have an old VCR or the head hasn't been cleaned for some time. But they are good with titles that haven't been bothered to be transfered to DVD. Where as DVD's for me is good to bring in other titles I like and last longer because I take care them almost all the time.
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            my parents trashed their vhs player and so did i. i've got over a few hundred dvds
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              • 9 years 11 months ago
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              Get a Betamax player! They're cool!
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                • 9 years 11 months ago
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                I take ridiculously good care of all of my stuff.

                That being said, I have DVD's that froze or didn't work from the day I bought them, and others that stop working at the mere sight of dust on the disc (dust that will scratch if you attempt to wipe it off).

                Meanwhile, I have cheap $1 VHS tapes that I recorded in SLP mode 20 years ago that still play as crisp as the day I bought them.

                VHS > DVD

                Still, it doesn't matter. The future is going to be people with hard drives hooked up to their television with AVI or HD ISO data...like a Tivo that you can load with whatever you like, and swap out via USB cord, USB jump drive or SD cards.

                All media will be digital hard disc based within 15 years. Blu Ray and HD-DVD are obsolete before they even get started.
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                  • 9 years 11 months ago
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                  I like both VHS and DVDs.

                  One thing I hate the most is how one tape gets stuck inside the VCR and suddenly, the tape part breaks.

                  While DVDs does often have these annoying fingerprints and scratches, mostly because people don't take good care of them easily.
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                    • 9 years 11 months ago
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                    I have yet to have any trouble with DVDs whatsoever (except for one that one of my nephews somehow got a hold of and scratched up). I think they're fantastic for a few reasons: they have a better picture, they have more content, and they're affordable.

                    VHS is fine for old stuff that I can't get on DVD, but I think it'd be a good idea if I can refrain from playing my tapes until I can rip them all to a hard drive, since playing them will make them deteriorate faster. Even though I somewhat dislike the idea, there's no denying that digital media is the future.
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                      VHS.
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                        I cling to my usage of the outdated VHS, because since the format left the mainstream several years ago, I want to preserve an icon I'd known so long. Also, I just like the look of a boxy, black tape.

                        However, like some said, the VHS Tape is a decayable object that will someday either chemically degrade or lose all technical support in the world, much like the 5.5-inch floppy disk; and I barely remember when that was still mainstream.

                        So, the DVD has a much longer life than a tape, and it can store much more data, but I'll still hold on to my VHS tapes as long as I can, because they mean something to me, and they held a place in my life.
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                          Some DVD transfers of late have been pure lazy, almost like a VHS version to a laserdisc. And the older tapes are obviously better, even though they may not last forever like a DVD of today will.
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                            • 9 years 11 months ago
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                            DVDs for quality.
                            VHS for nostaglia.
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                              • 9 years 11 months ago
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                              DVD
                              Advantages:
                              a. They have a boatload of special features (extras, gag reels).
                              b. They have awesome quality.
                              c. They are compact and easy to store in bookshelves, cabinets, and the like.
                              d. They can be played on most computers
                              e. They can last longer then VHS tapes.

                              Disadvantages
                              a. They can be easily misplaced.
                              b. They can break easily.
                              c. They get scratched up easily too. Then they don't work as good in players.

                              VHS
                              Advantages
                              a. They are durable and versatile.
                              b. They are good for nostaglia types (like me )
                              c. There are many different labels to choose from (e.g: Key Video, Vestron Video, Family Home Entertainment, The Movie Store), instead of having all movies be forced into 3 or 4 basic distributors (Sony Pictures HE, Warner Home Video, etc).

                              Disadvantages
                              a. Horrible sound quality.
                              b. Can wear out after a while.
                              c. Some VCRs can mangle tapes.
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                                I prefer DVD all the way for many reasons:

                                -Better picture and sound
                                -You can play them thousands of times, and they won't wear out like a tape
                                -Tapes develop problems over time such as shaky picture, muffled sound, static distortion, and lines flickering across the screen
                                -Old VCR's can eat tapes up
                                -DVDs won't get scratched if you take good care of them, none of my 200 DVDs have been scratched yet..or at least scratched good enough to where they will mess up
                                -You don't have to rewind with DVDs
                                -You can instantly skip to any part of a movie with DVDs
                                -DVDs take up much less space and can be stored a lot easier
                                -DVDs are now cheaper for the most part then VHS tapes were before DVD was released
                                -DVDs have special features and bonuses about the movie
                                -You can get complete TV shows on DVD. With VHS, you're lucky to find just two or three episodes of a certain show.
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                                  Well that depends. DVDs are good because it gives you the opporunity to own a complete series of a TV show like the entire Super Mario cartoons. VHS are good for rare stuff such as commercials that don't air on TV nowadays.
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                                    • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                    why is ever one saying DVD will last forever they have only been around for like 10 YEARS !! and has anyone actually had a tape that had a chemical breakdown ?
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                                      Quote by KISSKRAZY
                                      why is ever one saying DVD will last forever they have only been around for like 10 YEARS !! and has anyone actually had a tape that had a chemical breakdown ?


                                      I've had many tapes that have had a breakdown. In fact, most of the old tapes my parents recorded for me when I was really young are now almost completely unwatchable because the picture and sound on them is so messed up.
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                                        • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                        Both have their pros and cons. Video tapes are more durable. Like someone else said, you can play soccer with a video tape and it'll still play. I have an old video wher the top was off, and it still played okay in our VCR.

                                        The con is that the quality and sound goes down over the years, mostly. Not all do that, though. We still have Beta tapes that played okay. We just no longer have a Beta tape player. Also, my father a few weeks ago was playing a VHS tape of episodes he taped, in reruns back in...I'd say late 80s, of WKRP in Cincinnati. Nice and clear. It was cool watching the commercials.

                                        As for DVDs, they're smaller and take up less space, therefore easier to store and neater to keep organized. The picture and sound quality is better. You can get more data onto a DVD compared to a VHS tape.

                                        As for cons, they're not very durable. If you get a scratch of any type, or a spec of dirt, or dust, or whatever, there's a chance that your DVD player can't read it (and this is annoying if you open up a brand new DVD and it does this). They can break easily. If you have lazy people in the house who might take out a DVD and not put it back into its case, it can be easily lost.

                                        Even though a DVD has better quality overall, I like the fact that we have VHS and Beta tapes from 20+ years ago that still play fine. They held up over the years and the tapes aren't jumping constantly from "scratches" or refusing to play because of "dust".

                                        I guess my answer is obvious, or is my response a bit too ambiguous here? =P
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                                          • 9 years 11 months ago
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                                          Quote by retromaniac
                                          Quote by KISSKRAZY
                                          why is ever one saying DVD will last forever they have only been around for like 10 YEARS !! and has anyone actually had a tape that had a chemical breakdown ?


                                          I've had many tapes that have had a breakdown. In fact, most of the old tapes my parents recorded for me when I was really young are now almost completely unwatchable because the picture and sound on them is so messed up.
                                          no by chemical breakdown i meant to put actually had the tape disinigrate because people are saying that that will hapen
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