YouTube Celebrates 57 Years of VCR With an Analogue Video Mode

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Do not adjust your computer screens. There's no problem with YouTube, other than the fact that it's getting a little misty eyed — by choosing to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the VCR with a little added analogue character on its digital videos.

On plenty of YouTube videos you can currently find a small VCR button: click it, and the video you're watching will start to display some of those wonderful (awful?) characteristics that your old cassette player used to provide. It's a quirky way of celebrating the Ampex VRX-1000 — commonly considered the world's first practical videotape recorder when it was launched on April 14th 1956 at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention. The device made a lasting impression on home entertainment, but thank goodness things have moved on. [YouTube]