Video Units & Accessories

Like all consumer electronics, the standard video unit has undergone many design changes over the years to cope with the advent of new technologies. When video recorders first became mass market items in the 1980s, there were two principle types of device: Betamax and VHS. These rival systems both had pros and cons, but it was VHS and the later Super-VHS formats which eventually won out in many territories across the globe. Although it is still manufactured, a VHS video unit is now something of a rarity. Relying on large cassettes with spooled magnetic tape, a video unit of this type has been largely replaced by digital technology. The first of these competing digital video formats was the V-CD, a compact disc which could hold video information encoded into it. The problem with V-CD was that it did not offer as much memory as was necessary for some feature films and it was itself superseded by the DVD format, one that is still much used in much of the international market. Using a CD-like disc, DVDs compete with other disc-based systems such as Blu-ray, though suppliers of these products can be found by businesses at

Owing to the developments in technology, physical data formats for video units are in decline themselves. This is mostly down to the rise of streamed video content which can be either recorded or watched on demand, meaning that video units tend to resemble computer or smart phone interfaces. Video accessories have also changed to accommodate the latest technologies. In the past, video recorders tended to be hooked up to TVs with SCART or RF cables. The HDMI format is one of the most popular video accessories around. These multi-pin connections are small, versatile and convenient to use with computers, televisions and video systems. Audio visual professionals can discover great new product ideas from traders at

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