1 inch type A / type B / type C

Type A, B, C format 1 inch open reel video tape

introduction to 1 inch type A, B & C video tape transfer

We are able to transfer all standards 1 inch type C open reel video tape from the US (NTSC), UK (PAL) and (SECAM). 1 inch type A is, first and foremost, an incredibly rare video tape format. It’s so rare, in fact, that it often gets left off video tape identification lists, obscured by the type C format, that was widely adopted in the broadcast world. We have one working 1 inch type A machine, an Ampex VR5103 (PAL), and several spare parts.

We offer a range of delivery formats for our video transfers. We use the International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings, delivering FFV1 lossless files or 10-bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers. We create viewing files as H264 encoded .mp4 files or DVD. We can deliver any other digital video files,  according to your needs. 

We can provide the appropriately-sized usb media for your files, or use media supplied by you, or deliver your files online. Files delivered on hard drive can be for any operating system MacOS, Windows or GNU/Linux and filesystems (HFS+, NTFS or EXT3).

Due to varying tape durations and their gradual physical degradation, it’s not always appropriate to create fixed prices for our services. We’ve found that assessing tapes prior to confirming costs a more accurate and fair method.

We offer free assessments please contact us to discuss your project.

1 inch type A, B & C VTR machines

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1 inch type A, B & C format variation

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1 inch type A, B & C video tape risks & vulnerabilities

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1 inch type A, B & C VTR history

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