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date: 17 June 2024


A Dictionary of Film Studies

Annette Kuhn,

Guy Westwell

A system for recording, reproducing, and viewing moving visual images. Like *film, videotape is an analogue medium: the image is produced as a result of gradations in light entering the camera and being registered on magnetically coated tape. Unlike film, however, the image is produced instantly, without the need for chemical processing, allowing it to be played back immediately. Videotape is available in a range of formats, including two-inch, one-inch, and three-quarter- inch; with the half-inch format preferred for home video use. Videotape was introduced in the mid 1950s for use in the television industry as a cheaper alternative to film during the recording and archiving of live broadcasts. From the mid 1960s, after the introduction of the Sony PortaPak and more efficient editing technology, videotape became the medium of choice for ... ...

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