How to Load a VHS Cassette Adapter

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How to Load a VHS Cassette Adapter
A VHS adaptor converts smaller format tapes for use in a full-size VCR. (vhs tape image by Canoneer from

VHS cassette adaptors hold smaller format video cassettes, such as VHS-C, inside the housing for a standard-size VHS cassette. This enables the smaller size format to be played back on a regular VCR without any need to connect a VHS-C camcorder to a television. This makes the adaptor handy for presentations since there is no need to travel with a bulky camcorder and cables. Just pack the adaptor and the tapes; any VCR can be used for playback.

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Things you need

  • VHS adaptor
  • AA battery (for adaptors that require a battery)
  • VHS-C cassettes

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  1. 1

    Slide the cassette compartment door on the top of the adaptor in the direction of the arrow to open the compartment.

  2. 2

    Insert the VHS-C cassette tape at an angle into the adaptor, with the leading edge of the cassette placed first into the adaptor, then press the tape down to snap it into position.

  3. 3

    Slide the tape compartment door closed until it clicks in place.

  4. 4

    Turn over the adaptor and remove the battery cover by pressing down lightly and sliding off the cover in the direction of the arrow.

  5. 5

    Insert a AA battery with the small bump on one end of the battery installed in the compartment on the positive (+) terminal. Replace the battery cover.

Tips and warnings

  • JVC, which invented the VHS format, was also one of the first companies to introduce an adaptor for smaller format tapes. The company still sells VHS tape adaptors.

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