Summary

VCR stands for Video Cassette Recorder and VHS stands for Video Home System. VCR is a machine (video player) and VHS is a video tape. Video can be recorded into a VHS tape via a video camera or from television. There are also pre-recorded movies available in VHS

VCR and VHS work together. However, there’s a difference between them as you’ll see from the following explanation.

What Does VHS Stand For?

Updated June 2020

VHS stands for Video Home System.

It’s an analog tape format with a tape width of half an inch. VHS tapes were first available in the USA in 1977, having been released a year earlier in Japan.

It’s a low quality video format which promises about 240 horizontal lines.

When recorded at lower speeds (LP), the quality will be much lower.

What Does VCR Stand For?

VCR stands for Video Cassette Recorder.

VCR is a machine (video player) and VHS is a video tape.

Video can be recorded into a VHS tape via a video camera or from television. There are also pre-recorded movies available in VHS.

To playback a VHS tape, you would need a VHS player, A video player can only playback video from a VHS tape.

A VCR can do that, too and also record video into a blank VHS tape from a television set or from another video player playing a VHS tape.

So, a VCR is a video player- recorder and VHS is a tape.

Fun Facts

Betamax was the first VCR introduced to the consumer market in 1975.

JVS followed up with the VHS VCR in 1976 which was to displace Betamax as the preferred consumer video tape format.