VCR Tracking Reminder IDs

Background: Many home video companies placed these bumpers at the beginning of VHS tapes to remind the viewer about adjusting the tracking feature on their VCR for the best quality. When auto-tracking became the standard in the late 90's, these bumpers ceased to be used.



Strand/VCI Entertainment


(1988-1993)Strand/VCI Entertainment Tracking Control Screen

Bumper: On a black background, the screen reads "For best picture quality, please adjust the tracking control on your VCR." in a white Arial font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on some Strand/VCI Entertainment releases such as the first 5 Thomas & Friends VHS releases.

Editor's Note: None.



BBC Video
BBC Video Tracking Control Screen
(1990-2005)

Bumper: On a black background, white text scrolls up and stops at the center. It reads "IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF ANY PICTURE INTERFERENCE, PLEASE ADJUST YOUR VIDEO RECORDER'S TRACKING CONTROL. THIS WILL, IN MOST CASES, RECTIFY BOTH SOUND AND PICTURE QUALITY."

FX/SFX: The scrolling.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on 1990s VHS releases of BBC shows.

Editor's Note: None.



GoodTimes Home Video

(1984-1990s)Goodtimes Home Video Tracking Control Screen

Bumper: On a black background, there is white text in a blocky font reading: "FOR BEST PICTURE QUALITY ADJUST TRACKING CONTROL".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on some GoodTimes and Kids Klassics releases of the time. Also seen on some MCA(/Universal) Home Video tapes co-distributed with GoodTimes.

Editor's Note: None.



Turner Home Entertainment

(1987-1992)
Turner Home Entertainment Tracking Control Screen
Bumper: On a black/gray gradient background, we see white text reading "This video is recorded in E.P. mode. For best picture quality please adjust your tracking."

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Used on early Turner Home Entertainment releases and some by GoodTimes Home Video, Orion Home Video, and Cabin Fever Entertainment (such as Lonesome Dove).

Editor's Note: None.



Feature Films for Families

(1980s-2004)Feature Films for Families Tracking Control Screen

Bumper: On a black background, the screen reads "If the picture on your screen is not clear, please adjust the tracking on your VCR." in a white Arial font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on certain Feature Films for Families releases.

Editor's Note: None.



UAV Corporation

1st Bumper
(1984-1989)

See the 1st logo on the CLG Wiki page.

2nd Bumper
(1989-1998)

Bumper: On a black background, we see the words "For better picture quality, adjust tracking control on your VCR" in white typewriter-like font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Just a man reading the message.

Variant: A different screen with a louder version of the same voiceover is on some Gemstone Entertainment VHS tapes from 2001.

Availability: Seen on some UAV tapes, such as Felix the Cat. Don't expect to find this on releases with the first two logos, as they have their own tracking control disclaimers in their logos.

Editor's Note: None.



Media Home Entertainment/Maier Group/Random House Home Video/Starmaker/Miscellaneous

(1980s-1990s)

Maier Group Tracking Control Screen

Bumper
: On a black background appears the white text "FOR MAXIMUM PICTURE QUALITY" and the red or blue text "IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO ADJUST THE TRACKING CONTROL ON YOUR VCR". The screen lasts for fifteen seconds until it finally fades out slowly.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Three seconds of silence, then a man reads out loud by saying "Please note: For maximum picture quality, it may be necessary to adjust the tracking control on your VCR." After that, the rest of the screen remains silent.

Music/Sounds Variant: Sometimes, a different announcer is heard.

Availability: Uncommon for the most part, but it was seen on a 1990 Media Home Entertainment Video copy of Madeline (released through Hi-Tops Video). It was also seen on some Random House Home Video releases such as a few The Bernstein Bears videos as well as Maier Group's Inspector Gadget tapes. It was also seen on some Festival of Family Classics tapes from Starmaker. It was also on some copies of the 1988 Vestron Video VHS's of Hoosiers and Platoon, which is strange, because those films were released by Orion Pictures.

Editor's Note: None.



Media Home Entertainment (standalone)

1st Bumper
(1981-1985, 1989)

Video Treasures Tracking Control Screen (1988)Video Treasures Tracking Control Screen (1989)

Bumper: On a blue background is the white text "PLEASE ADJUST TRACKING FOR BEST PICTURE QUALITY." and "THANK YOU".

Variant: On the 1989 Video Treasures VHS of Class, the ''PLEASE ADJUST TRACKING FOR BEST PICTURE QUALITY'' was smaller and it doesn't have ''THANK YOU''.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on certain Media Home Entertainment releases of the era. It was also preserved on several Video Treasures re-releases of the aforementioned titles.

Editor's Note: None.



2nd Bumper
(1987-1993)

Bumper: On a red/orange gradient background, there is a white figure guy holding a wrench and the white text "FOR BETTER VIDEO VIEWING HAVE VCR SERVICE CHECKS." on the top. Below them is a white bar, and underneath it is the first portion of another white text, which reads:

MEDIA HOME ENTERTAINMENT
& YOUR VIDEO ENTERTAIN-
MENT RETAILER RECOMMEND
YOU HAVE YOUR VCR
ROUTINELY SERVICED
TWICE A YEAR TO
IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF
YOUR VIEWING, PROLONG
THE LIFE OF THE VCR, AND
TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF
DAMAGE TO THIS VIDEO
CASSETTE.

Four seconds later, the figure with the wrench slides away to the right and then five seconds later, the bottom text scrolls up, revealing the rest of itself. After that, it stops scrolling to show the last portion.

FX/SFX: The figure sliding away, the scrolling of the second text.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on certain Media tapes of the era.

Editor's Note: None.



Celebrity Home Entertainment

(1985-1991)
Celebrity Home Entertainment Tracking Control Screen
Bumper: On a white background, we see the text "FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE PICTURE PLEASE ADJUST THE TRACKING KNOB ON YOUR VIDEO MACHINE", with "THE TRACKING KNOB" blinking on and off.

FX/SFX: The blinking of "THE TRACKING KNOB".

Music/Sounds: A man reading the message, which sounds like it was recorded in an auditorium.

Availability: Found on some Celebrity Home Entertainment releases, most notably the Mighty Mouse compilation tape.

Editor's Note: None.



Simitar Entertainment

(1990?-2000)

Bumper: On a sky blue background, we see the words "Recorded in EP Mode If you experience any picture problems, adjust Tracking Control" in silver.

FX/SFX: None

Variant: There is an early variant which is in a blue background and is not in a gradient, and includes a different font which is narrower.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Simitar tapes with the Gold S logo (currently unknown if it appears on releases with the Other S From Hell logo). The easy way to find this is by looking at the tape to see if it says EP Mode. It was rarely seen on the Awesome Series but it might be on other tapes as well. The Early Variant can be seen on Awesome Airplanes and Awesome Motorcycles. It also made a surprise appearance on Awesome Mining due to the fact that the tape has been recorded in SP Mode instead of EP.

Editor's Note: None.



Vestron Video

(1989)Vestron Video Tracking Control Screen (1989)

Bumper: On a blue background is the white text "This Cassette is Recorded In The Extended Play Mode. Please Adjust Tracking" in quotes.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extremely rare. Found on the screener demo VHS of Gleaming the Cube.

Editor's Note: None.



Parade Video

(Late 1980s-Early 1990s)

Bumper
: On a black/blue gradient background appears the white text:
ALL VCRs ARE DIFFERENT
TRACKING ADJUSTMENT
MAY BE NECESSARY.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: This can be seen on some Parade Video releases that have been recorded in EP Mode.

Editor's Note: None.



Malofilm Video

(1990s)

Bumper: On a black background we see the words "For Maximum Picture Quality, It May Be Necessary To Adjust The Tracking Control On Your VCR" in a typewriter-like font.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: This can be seen on some Malofilm Video releases that have been recorded in EP Mode. It was seen on The Best of Mighty Machines.

Editor's Note: None.



Burbank Video

(1985-1991)

Bumper: On a blue background is white text reading "PLEASE ADJUST TRACKING FOR BEST PICTURE QUALITY" in small size.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: This can be seen on some Burbank Video releases that have been recorded in EP Mode.

Editor's Note: None.



Cinema Club

(????)

Bumper: We fade in to a yellow filmstrip at the size of the screen and in the middle is a grey gradient background with "CINEMA CLUB" at the top and the tracking reminder information at the bottom reading: ''Cinema Club has recorded this programme on high quality video tape to provide you with great sound and vision quality." "in the unlikely event of any picture interference, please adjust your video recorder's tracking control. his will, in most cases, rectify both sound and vision quality." and the grey background and the information fades out leaving the filmstrip on screen transitioning to the warning screen.

FX/SFX: The text and the info fading out (minus the filmstrip).

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Cinema Club videos in the United Kingdom.

Editor's Note: None.



ABC Video (USA)
Adjust Tracking For Best Picture Quality (ABC Video, 1995)

(1995)

Bumper: On a silver gradient background, wee see white text with black shading saying: "ADJUST TRACKING FOR BEST PICTURE QUALITY"

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on Schoolhouse Rock! VHS releases from 1995.

Editor's Note: None.