VHS tape duplication in standard VHS cases
VHS tapes have recently been making a comeback and we can provide you with shop-ready copies, with unique full colour on-body prints also available
Launched in the late 70’s, the VHS tape was the most popular video format in the 80’s and 90’s with a comparatively low resolution of 335 x 576 pixels (in PAL format) that adds a unique low res and grainy character to music videos or films that help transport many of the older generation viewers back in time and probably baffles the younger ones!
Available with brand new black tapes of 30, 60 or 180 minute length with your own sticker or on-body printing and clear or black cases with printed full colour inserts.
Benefits of our VHS tape duplication include:
- Brand new VHS tapes recorded in real time from DVD
- Available in black or clear VHS cases with full colour inserts
- Tape print options include both full colour UV-LED or sticker prints
- Can be recorded in both PAL and NTSC formats
- Minimum orders start at just 5 tapes
- Tapes come shrink wrapped within the cases
- Competitive pricing (with international delivery available) and can offer quick turnaround times
Some examples of our work:
Pricing for 30 or 60 minute VHS tapes in cases:
Includes your own footage (please supply a single MP4 file) added to the tapes, full colour top sticker printing, shrink wrapped, packed in clear or black VHS cases with full colour outer inserts.
If you don’t require the printing, packaging or video contents on the cassettes then please deduct or add the following from the above pricing:
No video contents on the tapes: £1.00+VAT less per unit
Full colour spine sticker printing: £0.40+VAT extra per unit
Full colour on-body printing on the top of the tapes: £1.50+VAT extra per unit
Full colour on-body printing on the underside of the tapes: £1.50+VAT extra per unit
VHS tapes with a length of up to 2 hours and video contents added: £1.50+VAT extra per unit
VHS tapes with a length of up to 3 hours and video contents added: £2.30+VAT extra per unit
No cases and inserts, just the tape recorded, stickered and individually shrink wrapped: £2.00+VAT less per unit
PAL or NTSC format?
When VHS tapes we created the world was using two main formats for the resolution and screen frame rate, which were PAL (310×576 resolution with a frame rate of 25fps) and NTSC (320×480 resolution with a frame rate of 30fps – technically 29.97fps) and we have to encode your VHS tapes in one of those formats. In Europe and most of Asia, Australasia, Africa, Brazil and Argentina, the PAL format was used and for North America, most of South America and Japan, NTSC was the format of choice. You can view our maps of the exact PAL and NTSC countries.
Most VHS players are able to play both formats, however some may only be able to play either PAL or NTSC, so you will need to select the format that you would like us to encode to depending on where you think your main target market will be. For larger VHS runs we can also produce some of your tapes in PAL and some in NTSC and label/print your tapes accordingly for identification.
Please note that there are also different playback speeds between PAL (0.921 inches per second) and NTSC (1.313 inches per second), so whilst our tape lengths are quoted for PAL, if you are going for NTSC format then the longest playback that you will get on one of our E240 VHS tapes (the longest that we stock) will be around 168 minutes.
VHS aspect ratio
As VHS was developed before the widescreen era, the VHS output is always 4:3 ratio, so normally letterboxing (adding black bars to the top and bottom) is used when customers send us 16:9 (or alternative ratios) for VHS conversion. This keeps the VHS output true to the original format if played back on an older 4:3 ratio screen. The issue is that most people are probably playing back on 16:9 ratio screens these days in which case (unlike DVD) the TVs are unlikely to be able to recognise the ratio automatically, so to avoid squashing the picture down slightly, viewers should ideally select the 4:3 ratio on their screen remote to enlarge and play at the correct ratio on their display.
Whilst some viewers may not be aware of this ideal 4:3 viewing ratio, you could mention on the VHS case jacket insert that you recommend selecting 4:3 as the viewing ratio on your screen for best results, although we tend to find that most customers don’t mind the slight resizing of the picture as VHS is hardly a high resolution format and are not expecting perfect results and see it as part of the character of the VHS format.
Artwork template downloads (also suitable for editing in Photoshop)
VHS tape sticker templates
The template to use for sticker on the top of the tape itself, with a full colour print area of 76mm x 44mm
The template to use for sticker on the spine of the tape itself, with a full colour print area of 145mm x 17mm
VHS tape on-body printing template
The template to use for on-body printing on the top of the VHS tape itself, with printing up to full coverage
VHS case template
The template to use for the card insert within the outer clear jacket of the case, containing the front, rear and spine artwork, measuring 254mm x 194mm
Do you need a barcode?
If you will be selling your discs or cassettes through a retail store then you will probably need to register a unique barcode for your release and apply it to the rear outer artwork of your product to make it possible for them to sell via their product barcode scanner.
In Europe we use the EAN 13 barcode system and in North America the UPC system is used. We can register an EAN 13 barcode for you and embed the barcode graphic within your disc or cassette packaging artwork for just £12+VAT. The only information that we will require from you will be the name of the band/artist and the title of the release, then just leave a suitable space in your artwork and we will register the barcode and add it to your artwork for you, all for just £12+VAT.
For further information about barcodes, please read our barcode FAQs.
How to place an order or request a sample
The best way to place your order or request a custom printed sample is to complete our ONLINE ORDER FORM
However there are also three other main ways in which you can get your contents and artwork across to us:
1. By email If the artwork (and contents if we are burning the discs for you) are less than 10MB then you can email them to us here.
2. By uploading online Any size of files can be uploaded to us free of charge online via our WeTransfer upload - please remember to provide your order details (band name, type of cassettes required, packaging type, total order quantity and delivery address) in the information field when uploading.
3. By post Please send your artwork (and contents if we are burning the discs for you) to: Disc Production Manager, Wizbit Internet Services Ltd, Keppel K1, Daedalus Park, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9FX
Payment for orders
Payment is required before production of the order. Once we have received your artwork files (and audio contents if also being recorded) and verified that they are ready for production then we will email an invoice across to you that can be paid by cheque, BACS, PayPal or credit/debit card. If you have already been sent an invoice then please click on the link below to pay for your order by credit or debit card:
There are often many questions that customers may have that are not answered above, in which case please do not hesitate to pick up the phone or email us and we will try to help. Our contact details can be found here.
We also have an extensive CD production FAQs section which may help to answer your questions.