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U-matic

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Definition of U-matic in English:

noun

[mass noun] trademark
A system for recording and playing audiovisual material and videos, mainly restricted to professional use.
Example sentences
  • Then insert your U-matic video tape and set it to the position that you want to start striping from.
  • He took 20 engineers from the Shibaura plant and moved to the Atsugi plant, where production of the U-matic had taken place.
  • Drop your U-matic video tape at our Camden High Street Studios in London or post your work to us with your instructions and telephone number.

Origin

1970s: U from the shape of the path followed by the tape around the drum and heads of the machine + -matic from automatic.

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