Right now, in the 21st century, there’s a ROBUST community of folks STILL MAKING VHS TAPES! VHS was one of the first home video formats that allowed people of all walks of life to create and distribute their own high-quality moving images quickly & cheaply, and we’re keeping that tradition alive!
PLACES TO MAKE VHS TAPES:
Duplication & Manufacturing Services for hire!
Cryptic Carousel – Based in Upstate NY
Duplication.ca – Based in Canada
PLACES TO BUY VHS TAPES:
Weirdos, Beardos, and Videopunks of all Stripes!
Lunchmeat – The OG, stocking ALL THINGS VHS
Horror Boobs – Schlocky Horror B-Movie Madness!
The Basement Labs – specializing in Ambient/Experimental Weirdness
American Piss Video Magazine – NYC based VHS Zine focusing on Graffiti, Raving, and Havin’ a Good Time.
Baudway Video – Vaporwave VHS label
Vill4in – Dark Vaporwave & Industrial
SRS Cinema – Horror/Scifi/KAIJU distro!
Witter Entertainment – Horror Distro!
Black VVideo – VHS label for horror/action/bizarre
Pacific Plaza – Vaporwave Label w/ VHS releases
Unstable King – UK based VHS Bootlegs
Kitty On Fire Records – Vancouver Label with some VHS releases
VHS DUPLICATION ESSENTIALS
NTSC Title Safe Framing Chart (.PNG)
Spine Labels (.PDF
Face Labels (.PDF)
Bottom-Loading Slipcase (.EPS)
Bottom-Loading Slipcase (.SIT)
Bottom-Loading Slipcase (ALT) (.PDF)
Bottom-Loading Slipcase (ALT) (.PSD)
Side-Loading Slipcase (.SIT)
Clamshell/Library Case (.EPS)
Clamshell/Library Case (alt) (.JPG)
Adobe Media Encoder (AME/PPRO) .EPR
Our recommendation for anyone delivering a file for
VHS duplication would be the following delivery spec:
DV NTSC Quicktime .MOV
Field Order: LOWER first
0.9091 (DV NTSC) Pixel Aspect Ratio
and ALWAYS full screen 4:3 (not letterboxed)
Further down the Spiral
Strange Tapes Zine – Another VHS Classic
Video Circuits – The Biggest/Best Analog Video Facebook Group
Coaxial Arts – Experimental Media Art center in LA
Signal Culture – Experimental Media Art Center in Upstate NY
r/Video Synthesis – Video Synth Subreddit
r/CustomVHS – DIY Customs
Andre Jay’s Resource Page – The GOAT, with LOTS of great stuff
Bootleg VHS – Cool VHS-Themed Merch
Capital Waste Pictures – AU analog video productions
Color VHS Shell Database
Wanna get added to the list? Shoot us an email! We wanna hear from you!
UPDATE: THEY’RE Up! (See above)
I will post my lesson plan/workflow notes TOMORROW night… in the mean time, here’s some links to get you started: