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VHS Camcorder lets you record dated-looking videos on your mobile device

By Shawn Knight
Aug 21, 2015
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  1. A new app called VHS Camcorder transforms your mobile device into a bona fide over-the-shoulder camcorder from the ‘80s. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering why anyone would want to intentionally degrade the quality of video shot on an HD / 4K capable smartphone.

    On second thought, millions of people essentially do the same thing every day with those terrible Instagram filters so it’s not all that surprising.

    VHS Camcorder has pretty much everything you expect. It simulates the poor quality of video tapes complete with static, tracking distortion and even low quality audio. The app also adds the iconic date and time stamp graphic, allowing users to adjust it as they see fit (or to try and trick friends and family). And if the image quality isn’t bad enough, you can make it worse by dragging a finger around the screen or by tilting the device.

    Video and audio quality aside, the app is rather modern as it includes a clip viewer for easy playback, deleting and sharing of clips. Users also have the ability to select between 24, 25 or 30 frames per second while recording.

    VHS Camcorder is available as of writing for iOS devices. Developer Rarevision is charging $3.99 for the opportunity which may be a bit more than some are willing to fork over for a retro camera app. The company is working on a version for Android although there's no indication of when it'll arrive.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    So, in other words, it is not really pathetic when you are trying to look pathetic?
     
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

    When technology becomes so advanced that it needs special retro filters to be interesting again.
     
    fimbles likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    I wouldn't waste 4 bucks on this, I still have my 80's JVC VHS camcorder still in perfect working order along with VHS tapes. Why settle for an imitation when you can have the real deal.
     
    Uvindu likes this.
  5. Rage3D

    Rage3D TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I like the effect, always loved VHS tapes. At least this is a little more close to the real deal than the Super 8 filters which can't emulate the colour and worse, they exaggerate on the artifacts too much.
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +273

    Camera app developers should just start charging users the same price to record a video vertically. They would make a lot more money...
     
  7. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 66   +12

    Shoot always a master copy, and keep that copy safe, then do the post processing on a PC preferably.
     
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    You've heard of Picasso?
     

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