History of the VCR


The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano, by the Ampex Company. VCR is rectangular in shape and silver, black, or gray in color. The video tapes used in VCRs are much smaller, but also rectangular and usually black. Due to the popularity of the DVD player, VCRs have largely fallen out of favor but are still produced in smaller numbers.


The first VCRs were bulky, expensive, and could not record video for long; the device was also difficult to put together. These drawbacks were gradually fixed over the years as the technology advanced and VCRs were produced in bulk, making the product cheaper.



It was known as the 2″ Quadruplex format, which uses a 5.1 centimeter (two inch) tape. Due to its market price of US$50,000, it could only be purchased by television networks and large individual stations.


Three VCR formats emerged in the late 1970s: Betamax (Sony), VHS (JVC), and V2000 (Phillips). The VHS introduced longer recording modes earlier and eventually won the first “Format War”. Starting around 2000, DVDs began to make videocassette recorders obsolete and took control of the video market.

The project was developed by Corporación Ampex; Charles Ginsburg, known as the “father of the videocassette recorder,” and his team came up with an idea for a machine that ran tapes at a slower pace.


What happened next? …


Years later, in 1987, the SuperVHS appeared, which offered among its best a doubling of the resolution.

Like the basic model, this new invention had a great reception, however it only lasted a few years after the arrival of the nineties, when the famous DVD saw the light, which quickly replaced the VHS thanks to its offer of digital support.


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