YouTube's 'Tape Mode' is a throwback to the classic VHS cassette

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
Apr 15, 2013
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  1. YouTube recently took some time to recognize the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder, the Ampex VRX-1000. To commemorate the occasion, the video streaming website introduced a VHS button in the bottom right of the player for...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Sweet! I hope they have some Reading Rainbow videos to go with it!
  3. roxxas2

    roxxas2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +22

    It's a bit... exaggerated...
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    By about ten fold on average.

    I've rarely seen VHS tapes with such deterioration. In fact the biggest cause to such deterioration in my experience was recording weak analog signals, which have nothing to do with VHS quality.
  5. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    AVGN covers that! pretty humorous video, but he re-records a VHS tape until it unwatchable.
  6. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    Yes, but then the point is to remind people of the past. It's all for fun.
  7. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Very. VHS is so bad, I don't think they needed to at all.
  8. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    The bad thing about this is the poor intern at YouTube who has to rewind all those videos. :(
    Jos, tehbanz and SNGX1275 like this.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,014   +2,536

    I only have 1 meg DSL, and VHS quality would be a step up for me. For all their faults, you never have to wait for a VHS tape to buffer...:mad:

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