YouTube Celebrates VHS With Tape Mode
We can be forgiven for forgetting the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder. High definition digital video on demand is the sort of thing that we take for granted nowadays. But it wasn’t always so simple. Commercial video recording and playback has a long ago history.
YouTube is making an effort to acknowledge the birthday it’s technological ancestry though, by adding a rather fun “Tape Mode” option to selected videos across the YouTube platform.
It’s all in honour of the Ampex VRX-1000, which is commonly considered the world’s first practical videotape recorder. It was first shown off on April 14th, 1956 at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention.
The VHS tape mode for the YouTube player tries to recreate the magic feel of vintage video tapes. On select videos, you’ll find a VHS button in the bottom right of the player. Click to turn back the clock and enjoy the classic static, rolling, noise and fuzzy motion of the VHS era.
Like on this short clip shot of Diamond Version performing live at the Sónar Festival in Reykjavík recently: