Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tapes, Discs, and Other Media

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-   Betamax  (Beta) Tapes   -

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
-   LaserDiscs   -
First produced in 1978, these faded out in the early 2000s, replaced by DVDs.
-   RCA VideoDiscs   -
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
These discs utilized RCA's Capacitance Electronic Disc system, which looked like sort of a cross between a record and a laser disc. You would insert the entire plastic cartridge into the player, which would pull the disc out and read it using a needle.
These discs were made in the early 1980s. By the time they were being produced, VHS tapes were coming onto the scene, so VideoDisc players were only made for a few years. Discs were made in advance so they would be ready for the new players, and RCA continued producing discs for a few years after they stopped producing players.

Star Trek - The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

-   VHS Tapes   -
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Special
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories

-   Video 8 Tapes (8 mm film)  -
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

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