U-matic is an analog videocassette format first shown by Sony in prototype in October 1969, and introduced to the market in September 1971. It was among the first video formats to contain the videotape inside a cassette, as opposed to the various reel to reel or open-reel formats of the time. Unlike most other cassette-based tape formats, the supply and take-up reels in the cassette turn in opposite directions during playback, fast-forward, and rewind: one reel would run clockwise while the other would run counter-clockwise.
Many educational institutions, including Universities, had U-matic video cameras and decks in 1970’s and 1980’s and have a legacy of those bulky videtapes. Here at the National Video Centre we have several well maintained U-matic machines in both Standard U-matic and U-matic SP formats and can convert your precious footage into modern-day digital formats, in both PAL and NTSC systems.
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