YouTube gets nostalgic with VHS mode on select videos

Yes, we’ve long moved away from our video tapes, and have since got ourselves newer media for crystal clear viewing. That said, there's still some old world charm attached to those grainy, fuzzy looking images that were typical of older VHS tapes. For those of you, who are missing that feeling, here’s a fun addition from YouTube. 


A select few YouTube videos now feature a VHS mode, which, when enabled, beams back images reminiscent of the VHS era. You'll be able to spot the VHS button in the bottom right of the player. 


YouTube, in a post introducing this new feature says it is in celebration of the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder. “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,” the post says. Ampex brought out the Quadruplex videotape professional broadcast standard format with its Ampex VRX-1000 in 1956. It turned out to be the world's first commercially successful videotape recorder with a two-inch (5.1 cm) wide tape. 

Fuzzy, for old times sake!

Fuzzy, for old times sake!



Google has been regularly introducing updates to the world's most popular video streaming website. Recently, in an official blog post on the YouTube Creators blog, the company confirmed that they are open for a beta test that will allow YouTube creators to link their channel with their Google+ page. 


Last month, YouTube rolled out a new look for channels that aims to make them look good on all screen sizes and devices while letting channel creators customise how videos and playlists are organised to best fit their channel strategies. The new look is called YouTube One Channel and was under beta test for more than a month.


The One Channel also lets you create a trailer for your channel. This trailer will play for any visitor who isn't a subscriber yet. Users can consider it as an opportunity to get a visitor hooked to their channel and eventually turn them into subscribers. YouTube suggests users should "treat this trailer as if it were an ad." Users can also create and upload attractive channel art if they want to give their channels a unique visual identity. 

Published Date: Apr 15, 2013 03:51 pm | Updated Date: Apr 15, 2013 03:51 pm