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Saturday, 26th February, 2011

The VCR with it all

As well as VHS and Betamax the world of home-video technology saw a third video format system enter the marketplace, Video 2000. Known also as V2000 and Video Compact Cassette (VCC) to complement their landmark Audio Compact Cassette format introduced in 1963, Video 2000 was a consumer video-recording standard developed by Philips and Grundig in order to compete with JVC’s VHS and Sony’s Betamax video technologies. The new format succeeded Philips’s earlier VCR, VCR-LP and Grundig’s SVR formats. Beocord 8800V was Bang & Olufsen’s first foray into Video 2000 home-recording.

Distribution of Video 2000 products began in 1979 and ended in 1988; they were marketed exclusively within most European countries as well as that of Argentina and Brazil.


Above: Bang & Olufsen's stylish V2000: the Beocord 8802V

V2000 technology introduced some very high-tech features which were years ahead of other formats. Indeed it was years before the other systems adopted the best of them. V2000 also offered a design philosophy which was uniquely European as well as unique features, not all of which were available on all manufacturers’ models. However, they all led to what we now take for granted on modern recording equipment, such as:

  • Turn-over Cassettes
  • Dynamic Track Following
  • Direct Keyboard Entry
  • Numerical Tape Counter and GOTO function
  • Automatic Timer Record Mode
  • Dynamic Noise Suppression

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