YouTube honors birthday of video recorder with VHS-style videos

YouTube logoAnyone who misses the fuzzy quality of old VHS tapes can take a nostalgic tour courtesy of YouTube.

Celebrating the birth of the first commercial videotape recorder 57 years ago, YouTube has added an option to certain videos to let you view them in old VHS mode. Instead of sporting today's cleaner digital look, the videos appear in a scratchy, static-filled screen.

YouTube honors birthday of video recorder with VHS-style videos

One such video to get the VHS treatment is a clip from the Pixar film "Ratatouille." Just click on the Enable Tape Mode icon to travel back in time and watch the video in all its fuzzy and scratchy glory.

Of course, trips through nostalgia sometimes just make us appreciate the present. A few minutes of this will probably have most people longing for the cleaner, crisper look of today's videos. But YouTube does do a good job of reminding us just how the video world got its start.

The first commercial videotape recorder, the Ampex VRX-1000 (later renamed the Mark IV), was unveiled in 1956 -- but there is some debate about the exact date. Ampex says the VRX-1000 was introduced on March 14, but information from the Library of Congress places the date as April 14. YouTube is clearly choosing to celebrate the later date (and CNET editors are working to confirm the birthday of the videotape recorder).

Ampex's recorder actually used reel-to-reel tape; cassette recorders would come much later. On November 30, 1956, CNET parent CBS aired the first videotaped broadcast using the VRX-1000.

The invention changed the face of television, allowing for videotape delayed broadcasts. But it also marked the beginning of the end of live TV.

Below, you can see the way YouTube normally shows this clip from "Ratatouille." To see the fuzzy VHS treatment, you'll have to click through to YouTube proper.

Source: CNET

Tags: YouTube

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
You may still be able to download your content
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)