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Old 09-20-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: South FL
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I'm totally new when it comes to VCR and VideoCassette technology, but here's the story:

There was this concert i recorded on TV with this new videocassette i bought (it says i can record 8 hours), but when i saw it stopped at 2 hours and 40 minutes.

I look behind the case of the V.C, and behind it stated:

SP Mode: 2hrs 40 minutes
LP Mode: 5hrs 50 minutes
EP Mode: 8hrs

What are these ''Modes''??

I wanted to record 8hrs, but instead it recorded 2hrs and 40 minutes only.

Can anyone help me on this?
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: US
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What have you been using to record previous to your VCR? Reel-to-reel?

Sorry I couldn't help it...

It only recorded 2:40 because SP(Standard Play) is the default mode. If you wanted to record EP(Extended Play) you have to set that mode before recording.
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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Default The mode you set on your VCR

There is either a lil switch on the front, or maybe on the back of the
VCR or you do it in a software menu set up via the clicker. Somehow somewhere there is a way to set the mode.

Hopefully you still have the instruction book for the VCR, check in there, it can vary a lil bit depending on the VCR and how old it is. Should give the exact details how to do it.

In general the shorter the recording time selected the better the quality should be. The 8 hour time will give the lowest quality of any mode.
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: South FL
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I checked behind the VCR and in the front, and nothing .
and unfortunately the VCR i have was from someone that gave it to me, but with no remote control or anything .

I'm pooped,

anyways thanks everyone .
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:52 PM
 
Location: US
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I checked behind the VCR and in the front, and nothing .
and unfortunately the VCR i have was from someone that gave it to me, but with no remote control or anything .

I'm pooped,

anyways thanks everyone .
Yep its probably in the on-screen menus. If it is reasonably new you could just get a universal remote. Just check to see if it handles VCRs.
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:10 PM
 
Location: South FL
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^ i'll try that;

thanks
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Utah
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EP stands for Extended Play. With your VCR on this setting, you can get up to 6 hours of recording time on a T-120 VHS tape or 8 hours on a T-180 (at least I think it's a T-180)

LP stands for Long Play. With your VCR on this setting you'll get 4 hours on a T-120 tape

SP stands for Standard Play. With your VCR on this setting you'll get 2 hours of recording time on a T-120 tape.

The best quality recording will be at the SP mode and the lowest quality in the EP mode.

Try searching online using the make & model number for help in locating the switch or remote button that allows you to swith modes. Most VCR default to SP mode unless you change it.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: South FL
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EP stands for Extended Play. With your VCR on this setting, you can get up to 6 hours of recording time on a T-120 VHS tape or 8 hours on a T-180 (at least I think it's a T-180)

LP stands for Long Play. With your VCR on this setting you'll get 4 hours on a T-120 tape

SP stands for Standard Play. With your VCR on this setting you'll get 2 hours of recording time on a T-120 tape.

The best quality recording will be at the SP mode and the lowest quality in the EP mode.

Try searching online using the make & model number for help in locating the switch or remote button that allows you to swith modes. Most VCR default to SP mode unless you change it.
Thank you.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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It's analogous to 7-1/2, 3-3/4, and 1-7/8 ips on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. The slower speeds give you more recording time but with less fidelity. On a VCR, of course, that includes video as well as audio.
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