If you’re old enough to remember VHS tapes, you’re old enough to feel a little nostalgic for wonky annoyances like vertical tracking, image stretch and the inevitable self-destruction.
It seems the folks at YouTube are feeling a little nostalgic themselves, as they have just introduced a new Tape Mode, which instantly adds static, wobble, distortion and other artifacts of the VHS experience.
The new (old) feature commemorates the anniversary of the Ampex VRX-1000, the world’s first general purpose videotape recorder, which made its debut 57 years ago this week at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention.
While it provides a fun little jaunt down memory lane, it’s also a reminder of how awesome and convenient digital video is compared to its clunky cellulose ancestor.
Prediction: 20 years from now, the nanochips embedded in the optic centers of our brains will have a nostalgic feature that allows you to re-live the long-forgotten experience of sitting in front of a computer.