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What were vhs players like?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Shit.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      FPBP. DVDs were so much better.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      FPBP

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The man isn't wrong.
      I used to go over to the rich asian kids house just to watch laserdiscs.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'm still mad laserdisc wasn't more popular, we literally had the technology for full hd in the mid 90s but because morons had to record shit in terrible quality off their TVs in SLP mode we had to endure tape a decade longer than necessary

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Fpbp

      Kek good luck finding one. They're in high demand

      Why tho?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Why tho
        Because he saw some youtube video or opinion article saying they were in high demand

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This
      Fricking shit

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      FPBP. DVDs were so much better.

      FPBP

      The man isn't wrong.
      I used to go over to the rich asian kids house just to watch laserdiscs.

      Fpbp
      [...]
      Why tho?

      This
      Fricking shit

      Frick all you homosexuals.
      VHS tapes were completely indestructible and extremely easy to copy.
      The quality was okay at the time because TVs themselves were shit.
      Plug a VHS into a 4k tv and the quality isn't actually bad.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        t. Never saw super 8 projected
        t. Never saw super 16 projected
        t. Never even saw a laserdisc on a regular fricking tv
        t. Never saw any of the betacam derivative home video tapes on a tv
        The only people who thought VHS looked fine were shit eating plebs who had literally never seen anything else in a home.
        May as well explain sight to the blind.
        I could, no exaggeration, shoot video of my little brother in my backyard on a swing set and produce a picture better than commercial vhs tapes. When I was 9.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Fricking moron.
          Everything back then was filmed on Gaffer tape. Movies, series, everything. So a VHS collection was really no different to a miniature cinema roll.
          There was nothing wrong with VHS if you had a good brand like Sony or Panasonic. The TVs themselves were the main problem. The limited quality of TVs was why the picture was bad. And it's why publishers opted for low resolution tape for home video releases.

          It's also why laser disk and other superior formats at the time didn't succeed because you couldn't really tell the difference on TVs back then.

          The only issue with VHS was the strain on the tape after thousands of hours of playback. But you could also say the same about DVDs which scratch real easily. At least VHS tapes still worked with minor imperfections in the picture.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >VHS tapes were completely indestructible
        Just running the tape through the VCR degraded it a bit each time, they practically destroyed themselves.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Moron.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They were great. don't listen to this bitter homosexual

      Inconvenient compared to just clicking on a mp4 file in your computer, sure. But the experience of watching a 80's/90's film on a VHS player hooked up to a CRT tv can't be replicated.
      >t. zillennial born in '96

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >was like 4 years old when VHS became obsolete
        >trust me they were great

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Get a load of this homosexual who obviously did't own a Sony SLV-685 HF for the ultimate, zero digital artifacts kino experience. He probably had some gay emerson or sylvania leftovers from the 2000's

      I still own my Sony vcr. Still works like new

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Nothing special. DVD players were leagues better because you could go through hours of special features, commentary, etc.

      /thread

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Haha, somebody actually tell for the special features meme.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Go to your local thrift store and buy one for $5 and see for yourself.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Kek good luck finding one. They're in high demand

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Damn. I should've hoarded the little b***hes 10 years ago.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          remember to always factor in the storage cost. Would the price difference cover loosing your garage or renting storage box? I doubt it.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They're not in high demand
        There's always one or two at the location goodwill for 8bucks give or take

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The tape eaters?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >high demand
        >so many at the local goodwill that they can't fit them all on the shelves

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'm putting together a team.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a zoomer and had one for years, last movie I rented on vhs was Harry Potter 4

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the picture was terrible and had an effective resolution of 480x480 with lots of noise and smeared colors. Also the the high speed rotating heads made an annoying noise during the whole movie.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Literally none of this is true.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yeah you're right it was worse than that.

        >VHS tapes have 3.4MHz of video bandwidth and 629kHz of chroma bandwidth

        >In modern-day digital terminology, NTSC VHS is roughly equivalent to 333×480 pixels luma and 40×480 chroma resolutions

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          > buncha crap statistics only gaygits care about

          Frick that crap, vhs looks just fine on my 70" lcd tv.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You obviously had a poorgay off brand player like Emerson or some shit instead of a Chad brand like Sony or Panasonic.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    better quality than betamax, lower quality than laserdisc.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Beta was better quality than VHS, zoomer. VHS won out because you could fit more on a single tape.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        better quality than betamax, lower quality than laserdisc.

        betamax was better

        I personally didn't even know what betamax was til the early 00s and adult swim played that episode of Cowboy Bebop with the Betamax tape.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          that's becasue you're a homosexual. nobody even asked you.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        bro. i'm an audio/videophile. betamax was NOT higher quality than vhs. yes, they held more time than a vhs, but the quality (if we were to break it down into pixels per inch) was WAY lower. Laserdisc boasted vhs.5 video quality, with sound quality that wouldn't be rivaled until HDdvd

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Betamax was literally superior tech. It was common knowledge. But it was Sony owned proprietary shit and the tape cassettes were physically smaller in size than VHS.

          For some reason the bigger tapes gave the illusion of being better than the smaller betamax tapes. Besides, Sony had a ton of failed proprietary formats back then. Mini disc is another one from them that never caught on.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Mini disc is another one from them that never caught on.
            *in the US

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            With sony having so much bad luck with formats at the time, it was amazing that bluray ended up winning.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Betamax was literally superior tech. It was common knowledge.
            It wasn't.
            It was shit.

            What you're thinking of is Betacam, an incompatible format with higher quality that was for the pro-market only.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Dude. Betamax is literally the default case study of a superior tech losing a format war. They probably teach it in sociology school or something.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I've always heard porn was the reason VHS won over betamax that and something about VHS holding more movie time

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                That's exactly what I heard over the years. Betamax was higher quality but VHS could hold more time and it was ultimately porno companies going with VHS that made it the dominant format.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Because people are fricking morons and confuse crappy Betamax with the Betacam stuff that the pros used, especially since the tapes looked the same. And you had the poor souls who invested in Betamax coping about their poor purchase.
                And things get more confusing when you add the different Beta speeds, b1 being technically a little bit better than VHS but couldn't even fit a single movie and was quickly abandoned by Sony.
                What normal people actually used was Betamax with b2 which looked a little bit worse than VHS and had a shorter runtime too.

                In essence, it was shit and lost for a good reason.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                t. Never saw super 8 projected
                t. Never saw super 16 projected
                t. Never even saw a laserdisc on a regular fricking tv
                t. Never saw any of the betacam derivative home video tapes on a tv
                The only people who thought VHS looked fine were shit eating plebs who had literally never seen anything else in a home.
                May as well explain sight to the blind.
                I could, no exaggeration, shoot video of my little brother in my backyard on a swing set and produce a picture better than commercial vhs tapes. When I was 9.

                this dude is fricking hilarious, one if the rare Cinemaphile posters who literally has no fricking clue what he is talking about but acts like he is an authority while aggressively talking down to everyone else. I foten wonder where fricktards like this come from and whether they have nay awareness they are completely fricking morons.

                Betamax also has some early advantages over VHS in terms of: Build quality, Reliability, Picture detail, Video noise.
                Betamax also has smaller tapes, higher recording capacity, and predates VHS by about two years.
                However, Betamax was also more expensive and proprietary. Some say that most people didn't have televisions or video monitors of sufficient quality to see the differences between the two formats.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >higher recording capacity
                bahahaha

                lemme guess you're comparing b3 to VHS SP like an absolute buffoon

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                > one if the rare Cinemaphile posters who literally has no fricking clue what he is talking about
                No u . Since you're talking about betamax when I was talking about betacam. And Since you don't even realize what a fundamental mistake that is and how stupid you look talking past my point like that, it's really a you problem.

                Fricking moron.
                Everything back then was filmed on Gaffer tape. Movies, series, everything. So a VHS collection was really no different to a miniature cinema roll.
                There was nothing wrong with VHS if you had a good brand like Sony or Panasonic. The TVs themselves were the main problem. The limited quality of TVs was why the picture was bad. And it's why publishers opted for low resolution tape for home video releases.

                It's also why laser disk and other superior formats at the time didn't succeed because you couldn't really tell the difference on TVs back then.

                The only issue with VHS was the strain on the tape after thousands of hours of playback. But you could also say the same about DVDs which scratch real easily. At least VHS tapes still worked with minor imperfections in the picture.

                >gaffer tape
                Made me smile thanks anon.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I remember dad was a betamaxgay first and foremost. It was embarrassing going to the video store because as the 80s progressed, the betamax tapes section kept shrinking and shrinking and i felt people were laughing at me like "look at that brokegay kid in the solitary betamax tapes section lololololol" my selection was small but didn't suck. I remember renting such kino klassics like Junior (1985) (the horror movie, not the gay ahnuld flick) and Summer School (1987)

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                The story I heard was that Sony was being very autistic about what content was allowed to be sold on Betamax while the VHS guys pretty much said sell whatever you want as long as you don't claim we approve of it. If you wanted to watch a 'video nasty', you needed VHS.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >But it was Sony owned proprietary

            IIRC sony refused to license betamax to other companies. JVC which developed VHS did license it and the market was soon flooder with cheaper VHS machines. Also the blank VHS tapes were cheaper as well.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    shit. you had to rewind and never knew if it was gonna eat your tape. DVDs seemed like an invention from the future.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >and never knew if it was gonna eat your tape.
      I literally never had that happen and I stuck with VHS tapes well into the 00s. Maybe cause I only bought quality hardware?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      DVDs break often, though.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Comfy. Kino. VHS tapes are pretty cheap but if you want to do your own little RLM group or even get any horror film that shit is expensive. Even the original Friday the 13th can run you 20 bucks or more

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i used to have the nightmare on elm st special edition vhs series. on the sides of the tapes, if you lined them up in order, it made a picture of freddy. shit was SO kino.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You had to rewind the tape all the way to watch it from the beginning again either by using the player itself or winding it back manually (but I never personally did the latter). Picture quality wasn't that great. Sometimes the tape would get tangled in the machine and the tape would be unsalvageable. Recording stuff was simple enough.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >winding it back manually
      I remember it to be illegal by my parents decree.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You had to rewind the tape all the way to watch it from the beginning again
      So? That takes maybe a couple minutes

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Incredibly finicky compared to anything you know.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The players were OK but the video quality was shit. And the more you played the tape and the older it got, the shittier the quality got. If anyone still has old VHS casettes laying around, they'd probably play back like this.

      Basically this, sometimes you would rent a movie not knowing the condition of the VHS.It would start fine but suddenly the picture would crap out half way through the movie to where you couldn't even finish the movie. If the tapes were really damaged, some VCR models would just refuse to read them and eject the tape. Recording TV shows on blank tapes was a pretty kino experience though.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The players were OK but the video quality was shit. And the more you played the tape and the older it got, the shittier the quality got. If anyone still has old VHS casettes laying around, they'd probably play back like this.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Also bullshit.

      Clean the heads on your vcr.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This.
        If you kept your VCR head clean, there generally weren’t major issues.

        There are rubber wheels in VCRs and Cassette tape players that can glaze over, needing some cleaning, but that took a very long time to happen, unless you lived someplace very hot, and didn’t have air conditioning.
        Cheap VCRs usually worked tolerably well.
        Better VCRs usually could show a high quality picture when fast forwarding and rewinding, which many cheap players couldn’t.
        My vote for the better players were JVC and Panasonic.
        I bought a Sony once, and returned it because the picture hurt my eyes for some reason.
        I met someone else with the same issue.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yup. A couple of years ago I got Star Trek: TMP out of the 6-film box and tried it. Probably only actually played it once before, when it was new, and it had that white fuzz all over the top.
      On the other hand, original Terminator was fine last time I tried it.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have a tape containing election coverage from 1988 during commercials and a shit movie called Elvis and Me. It plays fine. I got it from a house that had been empty for a decade.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      [...]
      Basically this, sometimes you would rent a movie not knowing the condition of the VHS.It would start fine but suddenly the picture would crap out half way through the movie to where you couldn't even finish the movie. If the tapes were really damaged, some VCR models would just refuse to read them and eject the tape. Recording TV shows on blank tapes was a pretty kino experience though.

      >Movie has a sex scene in it
      >Quality is fine
      >until the SCENE
      >picture is fuzzy as frick for the entire scene

      If a tape had something people wanted to see over and over again the quality of that one part would be absolute dogshit.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Heaven.
    When they first started coming out early 80s I remember my uncle buying one and how fricking hyped everyone was.
    It may as well have been alien tech.
    It was expensive. Around 800 bones in 80s cash.
    Watching movies without going to the theater and also having a choice was something for the whole family. Literally entire family and a few neighbors would go and watch something.
    As it became common and less expensive it did get so much better.
    Tape rental stores were kino. Some people put up rental shops in their homes n shit, along with a small menu of hotdogs, Hamburgers, nachos and soda to cash in on the phenomenon.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Some people put up rental shops in their homes n shit, along with a small menu of hotdogs, Hamburgers, nachos and soda to cash in on the phenomenon.
      What the frick are you talking about?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        nta but i literally went to small town vhs rental shops that were just the back of someone's house or garage. did it all the time in small town 80s-90s america

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I remember them always being in that side or back room of old gas stations

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Heaven.
        When they first started coming out early 80s I remember my uncle buying one and how fricking hyped everyone was.
        It may as well have been alien tech.
        It was expensive. Around 800 bones in 80s cash.
        Watching movies without going to the theater and also having a choice was something for the whole family. Literally entire family and a few neighbors would go and watch something.
        As it became common and less expensive it did get so much better.
        Tape rental stores were kino. Some people put up rental shops in their homes n shit, along with a small menu of hotdogs, Hamburgers, nachos and soda to cash in on the phenomenon.

        Yeah I remember a couple guys actually had a rental shop running out of the trunk of a old gas guzzler El Dorado. We called it the 'Boat' because the suspension was literally like floating across the ground like a ghost or land speeder from og starwars

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It’s a ghetto thing but you could sometimes find weird bootlegs

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >It was expensive
      I wrote here a couple of weeks ago how the first Transformers cartoon VHS, with THREE 20-something minute episodes, cost £10 in the 80s, which would be like £40 now (and dollars now are about the same).

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    SOUL

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The quality is better than I remember. It doesn't look half bad on an HDTV.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      DVHS would look even better, wish I had it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT4lDU-QLUY

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Tech peaked right here

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Maybe but DVHS never really caught on because of DVDs.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I remember seeing a demo of X-Men 2000 on DVHS, you saw every pore on Wolverine's face, this was the DVD era before bluray and HD-DVD

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      VHS was fine for animated content.
      Try watching a movie shot in widescreen, and shown in a letterboxed widescreen VHS edition.
      There was little resolution due to liw pixel count.
      I still need to watch a hood version of Cutthroat Island, because I mussed the film in theaters, and I tried watching it in a widescreen VHS edition.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >big o
      Thanks for restoring my hope in humanity for 1 more day.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Something ive noticed about vhs was of all things the audio.
      The audio from the vhs versions of many things ive watched was "noticably" much louder than their dvd and bluray versions.
      The bluray versions were like you had earplugs in your ears the whole time by comparison.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I almost always have to turn DVD movies up to almost max volume.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        vhs was mono/stereo and dvd was like up to 5.1 (5 speakers 1 subwoofer) so yeah you can def notice a dif if you only have stereo speakers

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Oh and Bluray supports even more speakers

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The difference i notice is with the same amount of speakers its louder than dvd/bluray at every volume level. My laserdiscs are usually louder than both of those but not my vhs tapes.
          Not everybody has a theater setup with a bunch of speakers around the room to take advantage of that.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          1. Why does this drastically change the volume?
          2. Don't the 'superior' sound setups have the ability to turn all the way down???

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Big O
      I'll remember not to kill you during the home invasion.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      YE NOT GUILTY

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    nothing beats watching porno on actual vhs tapes.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Very reliable tech. I have one still that dates back to the 90s that still works. Most tech now is designed to not even last 5 years.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just one more thnig that filtered the eternal zoomie

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just a little tidbit of history. VHS players were highly controlled items in some Communist countries. People would smuggle them in along with Western Hollywood movies, crudely dub them and throw illegal viewings in their homes. Like 20 people would get crammed into a comblock apartment and circle a small TV to watch the latest Chuck Norris kino.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    neither good nor bad, it's what we had, lots of fun watching movies

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're called VCRs, and they were not much different from DVD players in and of themselves. The main difference is between VHS and DVD or any other digital media. VHS tapes didn't have chapters or subtitle options, your only options for skipping or finding content were fast forward or rewind. The tape would stay on whatever scene it was last paused at, if you wanted to restart the movie you'd have to rewind it all the way to the beginning. The rewind feature worked even if playback wasn't active, so that people could turn off their TVs and let the VCR rewind the tape after they finished the movie so they could put it away.

    Another issue with tapes is the tracking, the tapes could get distorted with lots of visual noise and you'd have to play with a knob (or set of buttons) that adjusted the player's tracking of the tape to clear up the image. In my experience this was often a placebo and some tapes were simply too damaged for tracking to work. That's one thing I do not miss about VCRs and VHS.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I remember back in college I had t do a video presentation for a class. Of course the shitty class VCR wouldn't play my tape correctly. The teacher asked if I wanted to stop and reschedule the presentation. I said no, I got this and adjusted the tracking until the picture was almost clear. Years of fiddling with the tracking on my own VCR finally paid off.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Come home white man

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      blockbuster was for hispanics If you lived in a good area you had your own local place that had amazing porn to blow your 10 year old mind away

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I still have one

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why is it inside a microwave?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Not my picture, only picture I could find of the same VCR that I have.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I was worried you were about to destroy it or something hah. I got one of those dvd/vhs combo sets myself.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Nah all good it is dusty though still sitting in an old tv stand. Found a better picture

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have 4 or 5 it's nice

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Boomer here. My dad owned a few video stores in the 80s before he got out of it and sold one to my grandparents who ran it for a few years into the 90s. AMA me anything.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Great. They worked well, but randomly broke. They deserved to be replaced with holographic disc instead of crap like dvd and bluray.

    When video rental stores died a vast library of movies died with it. People probably miss out on developing the skill to tell what is good based on the cover/name now. All covers bad and nothing but shit to sort through.

    The low res was a wonder for effects and props. And nothing had compression.

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >nothing to stop you from fastforwarding ads
    >copy protection was a joke, if you had two VCRs you could just copy anything you wanted, was fundamentally designed to let you pirate TV broadcasts
    >shit quality video by modern standards, made worse by the fact that 99% of people had their VCRs hooked up via RF or Composite
    >very delicate, high speed moving parts that would fail catastrophically if it ever failed, if a VCR ever jammed just fricking buy a new one don't even bother

    I happened upon a VCR that has an HDMI output on it and it's pretty fricking cool tbh. Makes playing retro games and such on a HDMI only TV a non issue since it has inputs for everything up to component.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      yeah cause you can run the component cables into the VHS and run the hdmi from that to your modern tv

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The players had a special sensor in them that would cause the tape to get jammed if the tape contained porn and your parents came home early.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Hard to believe we had this technology back then, zoomers wont understand

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      YOU MOTHERFRICKERS
      I'LL KILL YOU

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i remember having a panic attack when this happened as a kid because i thought the video store would make me pay like 100 bucks for the tape and ban me from the store, i think they let it slide luckily

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Thank you boomers for giving this shit away

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      based. my first pokemon tape was hitmonlee vs. hitmonchan. bought for $10+tax at Hastings.

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it was always to scary to rewind cause you could frick it up

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I used mine to convert composite to RF to play video games because my TV was ancient.

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    like salty milk and coins

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Listening to Poppy's "Church Outfit" while watching this made it tolerable.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      MFW I went to the shops on the day of AOTC home release...and there was no VHS.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I got AOTC on vhs, ROTS vhs was released only in uk

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      TPM Was the first DVD we had, and we crowded around the ol computer CRT since that was the only DVD player we had. And we were amazed by the clarity and that you could just skip around. The picture clarity was the biggest thing because before that you only got that in theaters.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    impressive

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    betamax was better

  33. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you look for an old VCR, try to find a JVC with the Super VHS format, ( these were the better models), or try to find a JVC or Panasonic World Format VCR, since these could play most VHS tape formats, including PAL and some other obscure types.

  34. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This excellent 2017 documentary tells you everything you need to know about vcrs...
    "The Impossible Feat inside Your VCR"

  35. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You had to add oil to the fuel before starting it up

    We all knew one kid who lost his hand to the gearing in the slot

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My VCR was steam powered.

  36. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Clunky.

  37. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I’m a zoomer and I used to have a tv with a built-in vcr as a kid. It was the only way I could watch movies in my room. The DVD player was in the living room.

  38. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gen Z is 1996-2009. So if you’re born after 09, you’re not a zoomer. You’re Gen Alpha.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      According to NBC, Gen Z is 1996-2012. However, every single source that talks about Gen Alpha says it starts at 2010. So I assume your definition is gonna be the accepted one.

  39. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I would rent porn from the video store and play it on our home vcr in the living room after school every day. One time, the tape got stuck inside the machine and it wouldn't eject, and my parents were both going to be home in a few hours. So I staged a break in and took the vcr and some other junk and went to my friends house. We spent hours trying to get the tape out without damaging it, so I could return it to the store. To this day my parents think a moronic burgler robbed our house for a vcr and glass figurines in the living room.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Stories like this crack me up because almost every vcr can be taken apart to remove a stuck tape in less than 3 minutes with a philips screwdriver.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Lol happened to me except i just took the whole shebang into my room, telling my parents it was broken and trying to fix it. Bought them a better one the next day.

  40. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    As for what it actually does, I would say they were inoffensive. They did what they were supposed to, you put a cassette in there, it took a short while to start playing and then it played the movie. It is exactly like using MPC HC, MPV or VLC. So as far as devices go, the VHS player did its job well and it wasn't particularly flimsy or annoying. Cheap chinese ones would wear down fast but I my family wasn't growing up on food stamps so the only place where I bumped into a VHS player that wouldn't play the tape right was at some friends house. Generally just having a Japanese brand like JVC or whatever, it would work fine enough to get you from the beginning of the VHS age to the end of it. It happened really fast.

    The biggest problem was the tape itself. It wears down, it's not extremely rugged so kids can easily break it. Movies cost a lot of money to buy but you wouldn't want to repeatedly watch a movie. There were ads on some tapes but you could fast forward through them, it was so effortless nobody felt like it was a pain in the ass. Renting a movie was fun. It was relatively cheap, you got a movie or two on tape and some candy or snacks, you go home and watch it and if it wasn't a good movie, it was at least entertaining. Sometimes you burned yourself by choosing a really bad movie, and that would sting. I wouldn't go back to it, because I'm too used to looking up reviews before I spend my valuable time on something. There is so little novelty in these current days, really few movies do stuff originally.

    VHS tapes were fine enough picture wise, as high definition TVs were not a thing and during the last years of VHS being relevant even then nobody really cared about picture quality. If it didn't look like you took it by yourself with a camcorder it was good enough. With OLEDs and shit now, it's an entirely different thing. It's almost incomprehensive how much picture quality means now versus back then, when passable was all that was needed.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >It is exactly like using MPC HC, MPV or VLC
      Except you don't have to deal with codecs or any of that insufferable shit.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't think I've had that problem on any computer in at least 10 years, easy. I think the last time I had to worry about codecs and shit was when I stil had a CRT display. VLC could play everything but the stupid ugly cone annoyed me a lot so when I learned of MPC HC I never looked back. VLC still has good functionality.

        I know some people on the autistic spectrum make a fuss about whatever madvr and that shit but really I watch my movies on a dell 43" 4K screen that isn't very color accurate (not oled) and I've usually got flux on at under 2500K so everything is orange. I rarely turn it off because I hate blue light

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I've had h265 not play in VLC.

  41. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    vhs tapes sucked big time, there's no knowing if the tape had been exposed to some kind of magnetic field. there used to be a sign at checkout to not put vhs tapes on the conveyor because it could ruin the tape. and the rewinding sucked as well

  42. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Be kind, rewind

  43. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Did they make VCRs with component outputs?
    Ive only seen composite and s-video outputs on them in the later years of manufacture.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The one I've seen also had HDMI output and was only a tape deck. I wanna say it was a Sony. Every combo unit I've ever seen was DVD output only over component.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      High-end DVD/VHS combo players would probably have one. The later ones even have HDMI. I've got a toshiba DVD/VCR with HDMI output.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Ive seen that, but just like my laserdisc/dvd player the component output only works with the dvd player part on it.

  44. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Movies came on giant plastic rectangular boxes. You physically loaded your movie into the player through a big slot. 90% of times the movie would start playing at some random scene, so you had to press the rewind button to reset the movie to the beginning. When you did this, the movie played at Sonic speed backwards. You could also rewind the movie yourself after you watched it if you wanted to be nice to the next viewer.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Most video stores would charge you an extra fee for not rewinding.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Most video stores would charge you an extra fee for not rewinding.

      Zoomers will never know the joy of frantically trying to rewind 3 VHS tapes on a Sunday night (because you rented them Friday evening) just before bed on a school night while your Mom yells at you, so you can dump the tapes in the Blockbuster box before 9pm and and avoid the extra fees.

  45. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    never had a stuck tape. ever
    t. grundig and panasonic user

  46. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Whatever you do, do NOT look up VCR costs on ebay.
    This will be your only warning.

  47. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they're not gone. you can find them used in tons of places still. did you try googling for a store near you? christ kids are dumb.

  48. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw zoomers will never experience the joy of renting a Traci Lords VHS from the video store and copying it with your two VCR's hooked together with RCA cables.

    For the best videos I would record them at SP for maximum fidelity. Everything else got EP.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Fattie.
      No thanks.

  49. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was sick. You could watch a movie whenever instead of waiting for it to be on tv

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      And even if it was on tv you could record the movie for later. Downside was you had the commercials/tv edits in there unless you had HBO (which some of my recordings were from) Early piracy

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It wasn't piracy. It was straight up legal. The Supreme court was hearing a case and considering banning VCRs but they said VCRs are legal, in part, because Mr Rogers of all people testified saying that family schedules were hectic and that some children couldn't watch his program when it aired so video recording was beneficial to children across the nation. Mr. Rogers saved VCRs from corporate greed.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Early piracy
        eternal NPC

  50. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hi-8 chads rise up

  51. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a VCR not long ago and it was expensive, then it ate my VHS tape, the fricking piece of shit.

  52. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You watched movies on them

  53. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're called VCRs and not bad
    Easy to hook up easy to work
    Easy to duplicate other movies to blank tapes
    Picture obviously not as good as DVD /Blu Ray et cetrea but who cares

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      We just called them videos or, to distinguish them from the tapes, video players.

  54. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    anyone else used to line up VHS tapes like dominos and tip them over?

  55. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Constantly "tracking" and flashing this word on the screen.
    Took several minutes to rewind. You'd need a dedicated rewind machine to do it faster.
    Quality was grainy like a 340p video today

  56. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I lied. I don’t have Netflix. We’re watching all of Serial Experiments Lain on VHS

  57. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You didn't question it when you had nothing else. It wasn't great but it did its job until the player got too old and started fricking up the tapes on rewind.

  58. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I still have my Trek TNG library, that I recorded on blanks.
    Sitting through every single ep finger on the pause button, to record it without commercials.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Damn. I’d love to watch the super comfy episodes on VHS on a rainy night. TNG’s atmosphere was unbeatable sometimes. We can’t have nice things like that anymore.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have MOST of the last season of DS9 because they were going cheap at the tail end of shops still selling tapes.

  59. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They were fine. It sucked if you ever wanted to rewatch anything though. Rewinding sucked. But the weird choppyness in frames whenever time is “rewinded” in Tv is a direct result of the VHS.

  60. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The early ones were big, heavy monsters with a million moving parts. Over the years they got smaller, simpler and much lighter with better record and playback quality.

  61. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You sure you're a zoomer? Granted I was born in the cutoff year (1997) but VHS players were everywhere when I was a kid. You might be Gen alpha my friend and likely too young to post here lol

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      He could just be a rich kid who never had a VCR

  62. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Trash, even for their time.
    Pain in the ass to rewind, horrible picture and audio quality.
    Cumbersome to own a library of tapes.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >t. zoomer

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Pain in the ass to rewind,
      >Press a button
      Damn you're right VCRs suck

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The horrible picture and audio quality were because of the TVs back then moron. Movies themselves were filmed on tape.
      Reminding took like a minute. At least you can fast forward ads, unlike DVDs which made them unskippable.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >The horrible picture and audio quality were because of the TVs back then
        Wrong, it was because once you watched your favorite movie more than twice the vcr decided that was enough and fricked the tracking all to hell

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          That's not true at all, unless you had a cheap ass VCR.
          You should have gone for Sony or Panasonic.

  63. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Like driving a V8 muscle car

  64. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's pretty cool how they worked. I only kept my box set of Star Wars VHS. It's crazy how much work went into filming those movies, only to be condensed and mass produced. 24 frames for each second along film with an audio track. Looks almost as good as the projection films. The amount of work humanity's past put into the VHS is an incredible engineering achievement that nobody gives a shit about anymore in the age of beaming everything on-demand.

  65. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Only zoomers complain about them. I still watch some old VHS movies. Why? because it makes no difference if it's a DVD, blueray, or VHS if the movie is good.

  66. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They played videos. It was lower quality than bluray and DVD. What do you want to know?

  67. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You got badass advertisements for new comfy action movies coming out in a few months, before you got to your film.

  68. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The pause button didn’t really work so it was almost impossible to enjoy when a movie gave you a brief flash of full-frontal nudity

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I know this feel all too well. So many instances of
      >find some flick my dad had in his collection that had momentary nudity
      >pop it in the vcr
      >rewind
      >stop
      >play
      >see breasts for 1 second
      >stop
      >rewind
      >stop
      >play
      >see breasts for 1 second
      >repeat
      This was 10 year old me trying to get just a glimpse of boobs. Now kids have hardcore porn available to them in an instant. May god have mercy on their souls.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Remember analog cable scrambles? That was harder to try to see boobs with

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          In a handful of cities, premium channels like HBO were broadcast over the air scrambled. You still had to subscribe and get a descrambler box but you didn't have to wait years for the cable company to build in your neighborhood. This was great for kids who wanted to "see" late night softcore porn even if their parents wouldn't get basic cable.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The pause button didn’t really work so it was almost impossible to enjoy when a movie gave you a brief flash of full-frontal nudity

        Skill issue. Most had an inherent delay between the input and physically getting the tape to stop moving. You just needed to time it like 2 - 5 seconds ahead of where you wanted depending on your player and how cheap the tape was.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My brother had a vcr you could see the pic on pause and back then i knew that wasnt common, none of the ones i had could do that.
      Even many laserdisc players couldnt show the paused pic.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It was actually pretty tricky.

        A VCR has to scan through some of the tape even for a single frame, so to display a freeze frame it had to constantly rewind a little bit to keep playing the same frame again and again.
        With LaserDisc you couldn't even do that, and freeze-frames were only possibly by digitizing the analog image and store it in digital memory and then converting it to analog signal for the tv again. Which wasn't easy in the early days of digital electronics.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The 4 head models could do that. Fast forward rewind and pause with no noise lines. They eventually became the standard.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          This was in the early 90s so i dont think those were common back then. My laserdisc player is from the late 90s and does freeze frame and frame by frame and that crap but that wasnt common on them im told.
          I know that later when the chinks started flooding the market with their junk vcrs of 50 different brands they could all basically do that.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You just have to know the delay

  69. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You can buy one and find out.

  70. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I used to love staying in bed with my little sister all day watching vhs tapes and playing with her vulva.

  71. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cool. There’s a lot of media on tape that was never published to disc or digital format so you can occasionally find rarities at flea markets, thrift stores, etc. that very few people have seen.

  72. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    VHS was comfy as shit.
    Frick these dipshits pretending DVD was better, just take care of your shit and they'll last longer.
    >but what about muh special features
    that shit was a gimmick and no one gave a frick about it.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Im not sure if you know this, but that might have subtitles embedded in it.

  73. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >watching some boomer repair old media equipment
    yep it's kino time

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Saving to watch later
      I actually have a VCR that is not working
      Sound work but no picture

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'd recommend 12voltvids for more comprehensive knowledge. Could be bad solder joints.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Thank you for the recommendation

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            no worries, DrCassette is also good, best of luck

  74. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    had my eye on a rackmount s-VHS player on ebay for a while. seems pricey at $400 though.
    for now, i just use my little CRT with a built in VHS player.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Pretty pointless unless you've got the tapes for it.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        my grandfather passed away recently and left me (the only grandchild that cares about history) a gigantic collection, like seriously over 400, tapes on the second world war.
        i want to copy them all to my server to preserve them.

  75. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I was born in 1997 and grew up with vhs players. Technically a zoomer

  76. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You have to look at the bigger picture. Before VCRs, people had to watch TV live (livestreaming for you zoomzooms). VCRs could be programmed to record your show when you weren't home. The next evolution of this was DVRs like Tivo, and of course now, you can just stream it however you want (if the site that is streaming it has the correct license etc etc.)

  77. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    When did people first start calling vcrs vhs players?

  78. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They would occasionally eat your tapes, and you'd have to rebuy them. Very frustrating.

    I'm all into vaporwave, and I love the aesthetic, but FRICK having to use one daily. Shit resolution, expensive tapes or you had to drive out to a rental store, players could eat tapes and the tape itself could degrade over time, especially if you're recording from TV. DVD was a universal improvement, even if we lost the 'aesthetic'

  79. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You try pausing your porn, ejecting the tape and pretending you were watching "a skate video" while your whole family is entering the living room.

  80. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Parents recorded 5 movies onto one tape
    >Movie you want to see is #3
    >Next 40 minutes consists of fast forwarding and rewinding until you finally land on the goddamn beginning of the movie you want to fricking see
    >Usually give up and watch the last half hour of the #3 movie any damn way

    zoomers will never know this pain

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Your VCR didn't have a time display?!?

  81. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Shit video quality sometimes contributed to a movie; I watched Cronenberg's Fly on a barely readable washed out copy that really enhanced all the slimy bits.

    You could also program it to start recording porn at though it was easy to mix up the cassettes so I forgot where exactly I taped porn (I mostly taped either porn or NBA games at 2-3AM)

    They were (at least mine) kinda prone to fricking up and I was lazy to take it to be serviced so I got few years less out if it than I could
    Not sure how the part is called in English, but it's basically "head" of the VCR that kept glitching

    There's a great physicality about VHS players where you actually feel you're starting something when tape goes down and the gears start rolling. I always hated CD-ROMs

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Shit video quality sometimes contributed to a movie; I watched Cronenberg's Fly on a barely readable washed out copy that really enhanced all the slimy bits.
      So much this. I remember being into the underground blank tape trading scene in the 90s and seeing 3rd gen utter shit copies of picrel (i could see why charlie sheen thought it was a real snuff film because he likely had the same crap copy as i did) and NIN's broken video and they felt way more realistic than on dvd

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Also fun to buy VHS home recorded mystery tapes at garage/estate sales. You never know what you will see.

  82. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Shut the frick up

  83. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >put in movie
    >EH EH WUHHH WUHHH WUHHH
    >watch movie
    >Scared because have to rewind and don't know how

  84. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Makes me want to dig out my old Orion vhs player and portable tv and watch some dubbed Return of Godzilla with the Carlton video promos

  85. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >zoomers will never know the feeling of stapping one of these badboys to the back of your bike and riding around your mates house for a movie sesh

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      kino memory, anon

  86. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was fun skipping to the end of the credits to see if there were any extended/deleted scenes

  87. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The movies: spectacular
    The medium: wonky as all hell

  88. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    best thing about them imo was being able to record off live tv. so you could get blank tapes and record tv shows and movies. you could time the pausing to not have to fast forward through ads later. or you could keep them in, they would be become their own little time capsule later.

    while there is value in the nostalgia and aesthetics, overall dvd was a better format.

  89. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The first VHS tapes were much heavier than the last to be produced. Partly because the cases were made of heavier stronger plastic. Partly because the tape itself was heavier. The tape was available in four thicknesses progressively stronger and less likely to stretch. Three grades of cement to attach the magnetic particles to the tape with the most flexible and durable being the heaviest. The fineness and density of mag parts also affected weight.

  90. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zoomer here (2001). I just today went to pick up two of these machines up from the electronics repair shop because my eccentric parents still use them.

    Growing up it was VHS alongside DVD, so I'm very familiar with them.

    Only the patrician VHS enjoyers own a rewinder also.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >owned a rewinder
      I used my finger because I was poor.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I never needed a rewinder, the one in the VCR always worked , sometimes even with it's own "faster" mode

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You are missing the point of a re-winder, dickhead. It's to protect your more-expensive VCR from undue wear and tear.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          good VCRs had soft stop for rewinding which drastically reduced the wear. Though in many cases the wear was overblown as a lot of VCRs were very well built compared to devices today. Most were quite durable. Rewinders were really only used by autists or video rental stores.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I am not talking about the tape, but the VCRs internal motor, fricktard. Not to mention when you rewind a tape, you are depositing more of the dust and debris on the tape into the innards of your VCR. Rewind in a separate unit and all that filth gets transferred elsewhere, and the VCR's motor is spared that wear. It keeps your VCRs heads clean.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Yea sure....but the overwhelming majority of VCRs worked their whole useful life, and still do work without people giving any thought to "sparing the motor"

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                VCRs were expensive in the day, like $300 for a decent one. And that is in '80s and '90s money, which is like $1200 today. DVD players were cheap as frick and therefore essentially disposable. Even if later good quality VCRs lasted and gave no problems, people still chose to take care of their shit. It was an elegant time for more civilized people. You wouldn't understand. You wouldn't understand, zoomskie.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I was born in 1983, and understand VCRs very well.

  91. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Putting a VHS tape into a VHS player is a satisfying feeling. The way it grabs the table and sucks it down into the machine. Zoomers will never know this feel.

  92. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    programming the vcr to record something was fun

  93. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Annoyingly expensive for a long while. The tape degradation could be kind of cool. DVD discs were a welcome change for the quality jump and for storage space.

  94. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    One annoying thing about the VHS format was that almost all widescreen and anamorphic movies were cropped and scanned to fit the 4:3 aspect ratio of small TVs of the time. Letterboxed VHS tapes were rare because all the morons would rather have half the image chopped off than have the proper aspect ratio. When DVD and large screen TVs came along, it was like experiencing those movies for the first time. Then HD came along and it made us shit bricks again. Then 4K HDR came along and so far it's been the closest to watching the old movies in the theater (projected in film) that I have seen yet, especially if you have a really good and large screen, like 65" or 73". It really presents the dynamic range and grain structure of movies shot on film better than anything yet. Zoomers can't understand this.

  95. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have one in my room right now but no CRT or tapes to use it on. 🙁

  96. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They were like record players but faster, and you can see what was going on.

  97. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ALL OF YOU ZOOMERS WILL NEVER KNOW THE GLORY OF USING A VHS PLAYER WITH A CRT TV.

    YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE GLORY OF RECORDING HOME VIDEOS WITH A BIG FAT CAMCORDER THAT HAD A MINI VHS TAPE THAT YOU PUT INTO A BIGGER/REGULAR VHS TAPE THAT WENT INTO YOUR VHS PLAYER

    YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE GLORY OF RECORDING YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS AND MOVIES SO YOU CAN WATCH THEM AGAIN LATER.

    YOU MISSED THE BEST DAYS.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      dont forget the glorious 80s commercials that were also recorded with your shows

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Hell yes

  98. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have like 5 vcrs in my garage are they actually in demand now?

  99. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    damn no one posted the race car VHS rewinder that grandma had,

  100. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was garbage. DVD was a straight upgrade in every way.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, I agree. I grew up watching VHS tapes and I have no nostalgia over it. The technology is too archaic.

  101. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Kind of a pain in the ass tbh. Rewinding sucks, the resolution sucks, sometimes tapes eat themselves, etc. That being said I kind of miss VHS sometimes. There was something special about watching crappy quality tapes on a CRT TV.

  102. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What were vhs players like?
    I don't know. I only had a vcr

  103. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I knew a kid who would put in a tape and watch it for like two minutes, get bored and pop in another. He repeated this over and over. He recently got diagnosed with ADD. He's doing better now I guess, because he's taking meds for it and he finished his education and got a job.

  104. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the video quality was good for the era but all TVs were square and the resolution was what you'd call 420p. the meme VCR grain effect never happened unless you had a tape that was many years old and you used it to record live tv over and over. the main drawback was if you needed to seek forward or backward, the tape physically has to move, again not a problem for normal use. at the end of the movie you just have to remember to rewind the whole tape or the rental place charged you 50 cents. the end.

  105. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    one more thing, they were actually superior to rental DVDs because the disc would ALWYS be scratched and youd miss like 20 seconds of the movie and it would just jump forward. a damaged vhs tape would just have some static

  106. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Zoomers will never know the thrill of rewinding a tape to see what kind of sexy kino happened on WCW the night before

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