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YouTube Adds “Tape Mode” for VHS’s Birthday


04.15.13 Andy Cush

Happy birthday, VHS! YouTube got you “Tape Mode,” a kinda goofy but fun new feature that makes streaming videos look like they were ripped straight from cassette (as if the internet needs any more fetishization of the noisy, blurred-out aesthetic). That’s our very own, newly-grainy video of Jay Shells’ “Rap Quotes” project above; just click the little VHS icon at the bottom of the player to see Tape Mode in action.

As The Verge points out, today is the 57th anniversary of the debut of the Ampex VRX-1000, “commonly considered the world’s first practical videotape recorder.”