YouTube Introduces ‘Tape Mode’ To Celebrate Birth Of VHS
To celebrate 40 years since the first successfully produced functional prototype VHS player was created YouTube has introduced “tape mode” to give modern online videos that often scratchy VHS look.
If they want, users can now press a button on certain videos that will take them back to a time when movies were fuzzy and sound unreliable.
When clicked, the player plays your videos with the white noise, static, and shakes that characterized worn out tapes, or tapes played or recorded on worn out players.
“Not too long ago, the video tape was the media of choice for living rooms around the world. In celebration of the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder, check out a fun VHS mode for the Youtube player to relive the magic feel of vintage video tapes,” explained a very brief post to Google+.
“On select videos, you’ll find a VHS button in the bottom right of the player – just click to turn back the clock and enjoy the static and fuzzy motion of the VHS era.”
The Ampex VRX-1000 is considered as the world’s first commercial VHS players and it made its debut on 14 April, 1956 at the US National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention.
Makes you realize how far we’ve come as far as video quality is concerned! Nicely done YouTube!