S-Video is not S-VHS, but it can roughly double the Chroma resolution


estimate the improvement in chroma resolution for Standard VHS and S-VHS when using s-video.

While S-Video (Y/C) connections can significantly improve video quality compared to composite video connections for both Standard VHS and S-VHS formats, the extent of improvement in chroma resolution specifically can be challenging to quantify precisely. However, we can provide a rough estimate based on typical performance characteristics:

  1. Standard VHS with S-Video:

    • Standard VHS typically offers around 30-40 lines of horizontal chrominance resolution when using composite video connections.
    • With S-Video, the separation of the luminance and chrominance signals reduces color bleeding and improves overall image clarity. It can roughly double the chrominance resolution, providing an estimated improvement of around 60-80 lines of horizontal chrominance resolution.
  2. S-VHS with S-Video:

    • S-VHS offers an improvement in chrominance resolution over Standard VHS, but the exact increase can vary.
    • With S-Video, S-VHS recordings benefit from the same advantages as Standard VHS, but with a higher starting point for chrominance resolution. Therefore, the improvement in chrominance resolution with S-Video for S-VHS may be less dramatic compared to Standard VHS, but it still enhances overall color fidelity and sharpness.

Please note that these estimates are rough approximations and actual performance can vary depending on factors such as tape quality, playback equipment, and recording conditions. Additionally, the perceived improvement in video quality with S-Video connections may also depend on individual preferences and viewing conditions.