Definition of videotape in US English:



  • 1Magnetic tape for recording and reproducing visual images and sound.

    • ‘There are six videotape machines, a digital server, 44 monitors and the ability to run 48 different inputs.’
    • ‘The images and sound from videotape are hugely inferior to DVD.’
    • ‘The standard supports video coding with quality roughly equivalent to VHS videotape.’
    • ‘Apparently it didn't matter whether the image on the screen was from videotape, or live.’
    • ‘The final formats produced are on VHS videotape and DVD.’
    • ‘The first step would be to transfer images shot on videotape on to film tape.’
    • ‘After all, the Beta vs. VHS videotape war wasn't so long ago.’
    • ‘She was freshly made-up and her hair was neatly styled, presenting a sharp contrast to the tired, ill images of her on videotape while she was still a captive.’
    • ‘Thus, his memory of Lisa is mediated by this black-and-white videotape recording which includes significantly the off-screen presence of Christina.’
    • ‘If there are eight videotape machines with four channels of audio, that's 32 channels to record.’
    • ‘In fluoroscopy, a moving picture of the body is seen as the test is performed and is recorded on videotape or as still images.’
    • ‘You know, creepy images on videotape and icky looking kids lurking in the back blackness of the frame.’
    • ‘The images were selected from continuous videotape recordings.’
    • ‘Students devised a scenario for a new horror film, on the basis of which they then produced a video cover and an opening sequence of still images dubbed onto videotape with a soundtrack.’
    • ‘The audio segments were recorded onto videotape, with a blank visual field showing on the screen, in order to standardize the presentation of all segments.’
    • ‘But no, here I am in a dark room with a video machine and videotape.’
    • ‘Many Southern productions have been lost, and the videotapes re-used, as was customary in those days of very expensive blank videotape on big open reel machines.’
    • ‘The cephalad-axial velocities of the individual disks were recorded on videotape from a portable image intensifier unit.’
    • ‘The 12-part series, available on videotape or DVD, addresses the issues that everyone's talking about.’
    • ‘It is also my intention that support materials, both in writing and on DVD or videotape will come to fruition as a result of this annual event.’
    recording, cassette, tape recording
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    1. 1.1 A videocassette.
      • ‘Someone cranks up a pair of ancient machines capable of playing videotapes and DVDs.’
      • ‘Earlier this week a Fox News cameraman was briefly detained and had his videotape confiscated as he filmed a traffic stop near the Pentagon.’
      • ‘The videotapes were duplicated, packaged and mailed by Rank Video Services America of Deerfield, Illinois.’
      • ‘In no cases did callers and participants disagree, nor did their reports differ from those recorded on the videotape, which was examined later.’
      • ‘There were pictures on the walls, a few bookshelves, and a desk with a laptop on it, and a small television on top of a shelf with videotapes and DVDs underneath.’
      • ‘The whole experiment was recorded on an S-VHS videotape for postanalysis.’
      • ‘All studies were recorded on a videotape and were interpreted independently by two experienced observers.’
      • ‘But I guess they found the videotape and then decided to sell it.’
      • ‘The walls were lined with shelves holding videotapes and DVDS.’
      • ‘Do you have like the Gameboys or any video games, a lot of videotapes, some DVDs?’
      • ‘Their guesses were recorded on the videotape before they picked up the phone.’
      • ‘Soon I was at Fox's ranch in Guanajuato, popping videotapes into a VCR on his dining room table.’
      • ‘A number of education videotapes also are available through the AORN perioperative nursing videotape library.’
      • ‘People hawk pirated videotapes, DVDs, and even mobile phone calls, charging pennies a minute.’
      • ‘Films made on videotapes or digitally cannot be entered for any national award, not yet, as the rules stand today.’
      • ‘Anyone can understand the need for a VCR - you can rent videotapes and do time-shifting.’
      • ‘For example, speaking a quick word in Russian would have been effective, though that would have been recorded on the videotape, and could have been discovered later.’
      • ‘Officials say their preliminary view is that the videotape was not recorded recently.’
      • ‘Likewise we have £2,000 of LPs and cassettes and £1,000 of videotapes, most of which we could not replace in the same media.’
      • ‘Fighting for Your Marriage is available with audiocassettes or videotapes.’
    2. 1.2 A film or other piece of material recorded on videotape.
      • ‘I realize I'm biased, but I have to think that if the videotape really was worse than the transcript, then it must have been pretty bad.’
      • ‘New Orleans beating: does the videotape tell the whole story?’
      • ‘It looked like he was outside at the time the videotape was filmed.’
      • ‘The videotape only shows you a tunnel-vision view of a particular scene.’
      • ‘Now he is the officer who was shown on the videotape.’
      • ‘A lot of people saw the videotape - actually I think we're looking at it here where she's in the police car and she's in handcuffs.’
      • ‘They can transport themselves through a secret door into a virtual world, and for a small charge take away a videotape recording their exploits.’
      • ‘The campaign videotape includes covert recordings of animals in the immediate and early-postoperative periods.’
      • ‘The videotape ends with an image looking out from inside a mouth, and the words, ‘Imagining the brain closer than the eyes.’’
      • ‘A Defence Department spokesman confirmed the videotape was filmed by members of the Mexican Air Force.’
      • ‘They have certainly seen the videotape on television.’
      • ‘After viewing the videotape, how long before you die in ‘The Ring’?’
      • ‘They actually look at that videotape, that raw videotape and talk about it in a more in-depth way.’
      • ‘We watched the videotape of the performance again and again, and around five in the morning I drove the band back up to the Paramount and dropped them off.’
      • ‘Forever etched into our memory is that image: the grainy videotape of a woman with chocolate-brown skin wearing cornrows.’
      • ‘The beating went on for about 90 seconds, according to police who saw a videotape of the fracas recorded by a camcorder.’
      • ‘Here's the videotape of what the president had to say.’


[with object]
  • Make a video recording of (an event or broadcast)

    ‘his arrest was videotaped’
    • ‘We videotaped all the auditions so that later in the production, we were able to cast supporting roles from our earlier principal readings.’
    • ‘They sat us around in their little studio and began to hold an impromptu press conference that they videotaped.’
    • ‘And we videotaped your first rehearsal so that you could remember what it was like to be dreadful.’
    • ‘The wedding ceremony was videotaped, but no video has so far been released.’
    • ‘Grab a camcorder, and videotape birthday wishes ahead of time from each guest.’
    • ‘All strokes are videotaped underwater with video analysis of campers' strokes.’
    • ‘They then slap some makeup on the girls and begin videotaping them.’
    • ‘The panel discussion will be videotaped for inclusion in the Cable Center archives.’
    • ‘Fortunately, they've now begun videotaping the proceedings, editing it down to an hour of highlights and airing it on The Sundance Channel each night.’
    • ‘The characters did nothing except make cynical comments while videotaping a carjacking.’
    • ‘Both use techniques such as videotaping, audiotaping, and role playing.’
    • ‘He also stressed the importance of videotaping the sessions of those you are testing.’
    • ‘If you are caught videotaping a film, you can get up to three years in prison, six if it is a second offence.’
    • ‘The project will begin in earnest later this year, with three ethnographers tracking and videotaping one family every other week.’
    • ‘Baird videotaped the reading and told Schull to expect a call in about a month.’
    • ‘He was so superior to his task that it was like Steven Spielberg videotaping a kid's birthday party.’
    • ‘These reenactments were videotaped and the videos were played in court.’
    • ‘From the article itself, we learn that Corwin interviewed Jane three times as a child, videotaping the interviews.’
    • ‘Presentations may be live, videotaped, or transmitted via video from another location.’
    • ‘We audiotaped, videotaped, and transcribed the focus group sessions.’
    • ‘Deborah Warner's impressive National Theatre production was videotaped for television in 1996.’