VHS-C (VHS Compact) was a very popular analogue camcorder tape format. If your video camera was made by JVC or Panasonic then it’s very likely that it used 30 minute or 45 minute VHS-C cassette tapes.
An adapter was available to put the smaller VHS-C into a standard VHS video player to watch on TV. Some of the more expensive adapters were motorized.
The best adapters were the motorised units sold by Panasonic and JVC – These were powered by a single AA battery which spooled up the tape automatically. You’ll need to look on eBay (or similar) to find used ones.
VHS adapters are still available via the link below –
Are you looking for a Video 8 / Hi8 to VHS adapter? You’re not alone – to find out why you can’t buy one read “Mythical Hi8 to VHS adapter“.
Manchester Video transfer all home video tapes to DVD including VHS-C, 8mm & MiniDV.