Museum of early consumer electronics and 1st achievements
1st ever compact video cassette system
The Technicolor Model 212D (temporarily in storage).
With a domain name of www.rewindmuseum.com
very first compact video cassette recorders means that this is a very important page. Hope you find it interesting.
Please note -
Many of the exhibits are in storage. That is because we are at the moment building new premises.
That means that the photographs we need to take will have to wait until the last quarter of 2006.
Indeed, until everything is catalogued, we are not exactly sure what we have. In an attempt to set
up the web site ahead of schedule and working from memory, we are temporarily using some library
photographs and preparing the pages as best we can.
This page will contain -
More pictures. Here is the information,
The first ever compact video cassette system. The little known CVC system. TECHNICOLOR 212E 1980
It came before VHSC and before 8mm but it did not last long
Introduced in 1980, this little known video cassette system is based on a quarter-inch tape
format in small cassettes. It was designed for use as a portable video system with a camera,
and the recorder was light compared to full size (1/2 inch video cassette tape) VHS shoulder
portables that were around at the time. The TECHNICOLOR 212E weighed only 3.25kg. A portables
VHS unit weighed about 10Kg. The original price of the TECHNICOLOR 212E was £500 and dimensions
only 24x26x8cm. It came with a vidicon tube video camera, a JVC model GX-44E. The videotape
cassette has the initials CVC on it which stood for Compact Video Cassette. Grundig also produced
a machine using CVC tapes, the VP-100, It used a slower tape speed than the Technicolor
to increase the recording time. See our own 212E with many pictures soon.
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