YouTube adds ‘tape mode’ to celebrate 57 years of VHS

16/04/2013

To mark its 57th anniversary, the iconic VHS cassette has been honoured by YouTube this week, with a ‘tape mode’ option on selected videos.

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The function will give modern online videos a scratchy VHS look- offering a nostalgic reminder of technology in a pre-digital age.

“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,” YouTube said.

YouTube has introduced a 'VHS mode' that introduces random static and fuzzy motion synonymous with the VHS era to commemorate 57th birthday of the first commercial VCR. The option is available as a button on select videos at the bottom right of the player.

YouTube announced the feature via a post on YouTube's Google+ page.

One video with the VHS mode is a promotion for Daft Punk’s new album, shown below:

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