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VHS Videotape Players

POLICY SUMMARY

Commercial VHS videotape distribution ended in 2008, as did the manufacture of most VHS-only players. Pratt has for some time been ordering combination VHS/DVD units for use in the computer labs and Technology Enabled Classrooms (TECs).

Policy
Background
Commercial VHS videotape distribution ended in 2008, as did the manufacture of most VHS-only players. Pratt has for some time been ordering combination VHS/DVD units for use in the computer labs and Technology Enabled Classrooms (TECs). Unfortunately the combination players have become increasingly expensive and in many cases less reliable.

VHS Support
In order to continue to effectively support classroom video use it has become necessary to begin phasing out all devices that use VHS videotapes. As a result there will be no additional purchases of new VHS/DVD combo players and as the existing ones wear out they will not be replaced. All units containing a VHS player, working or not, will be decommissioned before the start of the Fall 2012 semester. A DVD/Blu-Ray player will be installed in each location to display video.
In order to continue to use the existing content in the classroom, each VHS tape will need to be converted to DVD, a format that will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future. In the content already exists in digital form an iPad, laptop computer or USB stick can be used as a video source.
Please note that unless you are the copyright holder of the VHS content you must obtain permission from the publisher to digitize the title or convert it to DVD. If the title is already available on DVD the publisher may ask that you purchase a new copy in that format instead.

Conversion
Multi-Media Services, a division of the Pratt Institute Libraries, offers limited services to staff, faculty and students to convert their own work from VHS to DVD. Please email mmsequip@pratt.edu with questions regarding this service or to set up a drop-off appointment.