Items tagged with VHS

In honor of the 57th anniversary of the invention of the first commercial video cassette recorder, YouTube added a “VHS mode” button on some of its videos that makes the clip that you’re watching appear to be VHS cassette playback. The feature includes adding black and white fuzz at the beginning of the clip, distortion at the bottom of the screen, squiggly lines, and more. One commenter on YouTube’s Google+ announcement page linked to this apt video that got the VHS treatment: This VHS mode thing also reminds us that nostalgia isn’t always as pretty as we remember.... Read more...
Just the mention of a VHS tape today is sure to bring back memories. Now, the once-popular home video format that brought us hours of entertainment is all but dead. In fact, the last major supplier of tapes, a warehouse run by Ryan Kugler, shipped its last truckload of VHS tapes sometime in October. According to Kugler, "It's dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without a doubt. I was the last one buying VHS and the last one selling it, and I'm done. Anything left in warehouse we'll just give away or throw away." Although VHS tapes largely led to new businesses such as Blockbuster, you... Read more...
Variety has a mildly amusing obituary for the Vertical Helical Scan format. After a long illness, the groundbreaking home-entertainment format VHS has died of natural causes in the United States. The format was 30 years old. No services are planned. The format had been expected to survive until January, but high-def formats and next-generation vidgame consoles hastened its final decline. "It's pretty much over," concurred Buena Vista Home Entertainment general manager North America Lori MacPherson on Tuesday. VHS is survived by a child, DVD, and... Read more...
They're right, VHS is just about dead. Sometimes it's hard to even find them in stores. If you've got some home movies though, or anything on a VHS tape you wish to preserve, copying the content over to a DVD is the way to go. The folks at Hardware Secrets can start you off with the hardware you'll need in the first part of their two part article. "With a PC with a DVD burner, a video capture card (or a video card with VIVO function) and a VCR you can convert all your VHS tapes in DVDs. You may even start working with this and make some money - there is a huge market for this kind... Read more...