The video cassette recorder(VCR) has been around since the 1970s . It may surprise you to know that they are still being made, that is at least until this month. A Japanese company called Funai electric will stop producing the last VCRs later this month. I am actually glad that this is happening
For a bit of context, the VCR allowed you to play and record video cassettes (Video Home System/VHS tapes) was basically the thing that came before the DVD. If you are old enough to remember them, then you might recall that this is how you would watch films at home. Sometimes, TV shows also came on VHS tapes as well as some instructional video tapes(instructional videos that came with products). Heck, there were some TVs that came with a VCR built into them.
I know what many of you might be saying right now “Adi, the VHS is super old, so what? Why should I care? Why do we still need them” Well here’s why: A lot of us still have videos of ourselves as children when we were younger. The problem is those older tapes are slowly but sure gathering dust and dirt at the same time which will cause the quality of those tapes to degrade over time. The longer we leave them out, the longer they will go to waste. To make matters worse, the more you rewind them, the more the quality of the tape will degrade.
As such, we need a VHS player (also known as a VCR) so that we can then convert these tapes to DVD or to a file that we can put onto our computers so that they are available to us for years to come.
What was the very first thing (or last thing) that you ever watched on VHS tape? Let me know in the comments