YouTube Goes Nostalgic to Celebrate 57th Anniversary of VHS

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News Posted: Mon, Apr 15 2013 3:36 PM
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. (Woof, that’s some ugly video.) And it’s almost bizarre that many of us still owned owned a VHS player just a few years ago, as the machines already seem like ancient dinosaurs. For that matter, DVDs already seem quaint.

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In any case, happy birthday, (commercially available) VHS.
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I remember my first VHS an AKAI with soft touch controls when I was just 15 haha

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Its the lil things like this that makes the internet fun. I have been enjoying this 'feature' all day.

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I thought VHS was terrible when I was a kid... so nothing has changed.

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sevags replied on Mon, Apr 15 2013 9:42 PM

I hated VHS as a kid as well. We actual had a beta player that was already obselete by the time I was born (in 82) and remember always complaining about VHS tapes and thought CD's were gods gift to man when they finally came out lol

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Clixxer replied on Mon, Apr 15 2013 10:26 PM

It's just little stuff like this that makes Google awesome. 

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I'm so used to DVD and Blu-Ray now. VHS was awful, yet that was how do many of us watched movies. Yeah it's nostalgic, but i do not miss it. Remember having to keep VHS and audio tapes away from your speakers. Lol

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JPayne replied on Tue, Apr 16 2013 10:51 AM

anyone remember that the VHS players always ate the tapes?

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shukla7 replied on Tue, Apr 16 2013 1:27 PM

I too hated them as my stuffs used to get bad sooner than other's...but since than we have come along a long way...internet,cloud,etc has made us quite lighter...

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Clixxer replied on Tue, Apr 16 2013 4:37 PM

JPayne:

anyone remember that the VHS players always ate the tapes?

I grew up with a device to rewind VHS tapes. I remember those eating tapes more than an actual VCR.

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Badelhas replied on Wed, Apr 17 2013 1:09 PM

Whats with that guys hair?!

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