This page is intended as a resource of information on various standard definition video formats, from the point of view of a person who has spent a number of years working with them and learning the strengths and weaknesses of each.

    I am a video artist and so you will see most of the articles here are written from the perspective of a person looking to exploit the specific aesthetics of each format, but I intend to make the argument that SD tape formats are usable in many different contexts and in fact continue to be important, even in our current technological environment.

    I have found it easiest to break up the information into pages on each format. This is by no means a comprehensive list as I have left out those which I have no personal experience with (Beta, U-Matic...), but I hope you will find it useful nonetheless.

    I have also included a section of guides to common tasks like digitizing analog videotape, because I have seen a tremendous amount of misinformation on these and related topics.

    If you have information you would like to contribute to the site, or want to get in touch for any other reason, please feel free to drop me a line.