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Encyclopedia > M (videocassette format)

M is the name of a professional videocassette format developed around 1982 by Matsushita and RCA. It was developed as a competitor to Sony's Betacam format. Logo for the Panasonic brand Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ... RCA, formerly an initialism for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark used by two companies for products descended from that common ancestor: Thomson SA, which manufactures consumer electronics like RCA-branded televisions, DVD players, video cassette recorders, direct broadcast satellite decoders, camcorders, audio equipment, telephones, and related... Sony Betacam-SP VTR BVW-65 Betacam and VHS size comparison Betacam SP L (top), Betacam SP S (left), VHS (right) Betacam is a family of half-inch professional videotape formats developed by Sony from 1982 onwards. ...


M used the same exact mechanical videocassette (and the same oxide tape loaded in the cassette) as VHS, the format it was based from, but recorded the video on the tape in component video format, as opposed to VHS using composite video format. It also recorded at a much faster linear tape speed (a cassette that would yield 120 minutes on a VHS VCR at SP speed would only yield 20 minutes on a M VCR). The component recording and faster speed were much like how Sony's Betacam was derived as well from its consumer-marketed Betamax format. Top view VHS cassette with U.S. Quarter for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed The Video Home System, first released in 1976, better known by its acronym VHS, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by JVC (with some of... three RCA cables form the component video Component video is a type of analog video information that is transmitted or stored as two or more separate signals (as opposed to composite video, such as NTSC or PAL, which is a single signal). ... Composite video is the format of an analog television (picture only) signal before it is combined with a sound signal and modulated onto an RF carrier. ... Sonys Betamax is the 12. ...


The format was called M due to the shape of the threading path of the tape around the helical video head drum, which resembles a letter M. (This is also how the U-matic format got its name, for its U-shaped tape path in the VCR.) VHS also uses the same M-shaped tape threading path as M; it was carried over to M from VHS. Sony U-matic VTR BVU-800 A U-matic tape U-matic is the name of a videocassette format developed by Sony in 1969. ... Top view VHS cassette with U.S. Quarter for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed The Video Home System, first released in 1976, better known by its acronym VHS, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by JVC (with some of...


M had no success in the professional/industrial video market at all. This might have been due to RCA's Broadcast Products division, which marketed the M format in the United States under the "Hawkeye" brand name, going out of business in 1984 (shortly after M was introduced). Weak marketing by Matsushita for M might have been a factor as well. RCA, formerly an initialism for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark used by two companies for products descended from that common ancestor: Thomson SA, which manufactures consumer electronics like RCA-branded televisions, DVD players, video cassette recorders, direct broadcast satellite decoders, camcorders, audio equipment, telephones, and related...


M was also marketed by Panasonic (a division of Matsushita) and Ampex under the Recam (REcording CAMera) name. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Matsushita_Electric_Industrial_Co. ... Ampex is based in Redwood City, California. ... M is the name of a professional videocassette format developed around 1982 by Matsushita and RCA. It was developed as a competitor to Sonys Betacam format. ...


M was succeeded in 1986 by the MII format developed by Panasonic. Note: The MII video tape format is not to be confused with Panasonics M2 videogame console The official logo for the MII videocassette format (courtesy Panasonic) MII is a professional videocassette format developed by Panasonic in 1986 as their answer & competitive product to Sonys Betacam SP format. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Matsushita_Electric_Industrial_Co. ...


See also

Note: The MII video tape format is not to be confused with Panasonics M2 videogame console The official logo for the MII videocassette format (courtesy Panasonic) MII is a professional videocassette format developed by Panasonic in 1986 as their answer & competitive product to Sonys Betacam SP format. ...

External links

  • List of videotape formats past and present, with a mention of the M format

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M (videocassette format) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (271 words)
M is the name of a professional videocassette format developed around 1982 by Matsushita and RCA.
M used the same exact mechanical videocassette (and the same oxide tape loaded in the cassette) as VHS, the format it was based from, but recorded the video on the tape in component video format, as opposed to VHS using composite video format.
M was succeeded in 1986 by the MII format developed by Panasonic.
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