YouTube Launches A “Tape Mode” To Celebrate 57th Birthday Of Video Cassette

If you ever owned a VCR, you may remember how fuzzy the video looked on them.  The ability to watch movies in Blu-ray and watch HD video on the Internet is a privilege for our generation.  YouTube is feeling nostalgic about those days so that they launched a creative way to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the first commercial cassette recorder, which was the Ampex VRX-1000.  YouTube has added a way to turn certain videos into a distorted fuzzy picture just like your the dusty VCR sitting in your attic does.

“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. 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,” said YouTube on their Google+ Page.

The “tape mode” is only available on certain YouTube videos.  To find out if the VCR mode is available on the YouTube video, you will notice the “tape mode” icon next to the CC icon on a video.

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This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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