Always use the highest quality version possible. VHS videotape does not stand the test of time very well, and does not hold up over several generations of copies. Use the newest tape or recording possible, and avoid several-generation copies (a copy of a copy of a copy…). If taping a program off television, use the fastest tape speed (SP), and use the original version, not a copy. If making your own tape using a camcorder, try to use an external microphone and not rely on the built-in camcorder mic.