THE SECOND BIANNUAL GREAT PORTLAND HOME VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT SWAPATHON: A LOVELY BISQUE* invites VHS aficionados from around the Pacific Northwest to gather with like-minded collectors in a safe, fun, judgement-free environment wherein they’ll swap video tapes, good times and laughs. The swap, birthed from the loins of local VHS collector and Spookies lead singer Mayhaw Hoons, will feature a number of exhibitors displaying the absolute finest VHS tapes from around the world for trade or purchase. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own VHS to swap or sell. Please email Jason if you are interested in exhibitor table space, we’ll see what we can do.
*Bisque will not be provided.
WHO: Tabled exhibitors, VHS lovers
WHAT: VHS swap meet, VHS screenings accompanied by live music
WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 3-8PM
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
The Video Home System (better known by its abbreviation VHS) is a consumer-level analog recording videotape-based cassette standard developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC). The VHS cassette is a 187 mm wide, 103 mm deep, 25 mm thick plastic shell held together with five Phillips head screws. The flip-up cover that protects the tape has a built-in latch with a push-in toggle on the right side. The recording media is a 12.7 mm wide magnetic tape wound between two spools, allowing it to be slowly passed over the various playback and recording heads of the video cassette recorder. VHS tapes have approximately 3 MHz of video bandwidth and 400 kHz of chroma bandwidth, which is achieved at a relatively low tape speed by the use of helical scan recording of a frequency modulated luminance (black and white) signal, with a down-converted “color under” chroma (color) signal recorded directly at the baseband. In modern-day digital terminology, NTSC VHS is roughly equivalent to 333×480 pixels luma and 40×480 chroma resolutions.
On December 31, 2008, the final truckload in the USA of recorded programming on VHS tapes rolled out of a warehouse owned by Ryan Kugler, the last major supplier of VHS-recorded videos.