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02 Apr 2014, 2:39 am

the first pre-recorded VHS I ever saw was a pink picture, in 1984. didn't see my first mainstream movie until I was in the army circa 1985. I saw my first sony Betamax in action at the seattle uwajimayas store in 1975, and I remember being amazed and impressed with the picture quality on a sony Trinitron 19" set that was playing the tape.



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02 Apr 2014, 2:40 am

One of the first videos I watched was "Back to the future". My father had borrowed it from a colleague.

There were 3 videos I played over and over as a child. "Mystery at Castle House" (Aussie kiddie movie), "Lassie Rescue Ranger" cartoon, and Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (which really annoyed my father, who owned the latter, but I liked it so much so I still played it when I thought he wouldn't find out).


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Who remembers what a record player is?

Of course I remember record players. My father had one, I actually think it's still in the basement, along with a lot of records.
They could be a little hard to use, it was easy to let go of the 'arm' too quickly so the stylus could make a dent in the record. I damaged one of my favorite records that way. :cry:

There was one record with a fairy tale that I loved playing when I was eating eggs. It had nothing to do with eggs, but for some reason I connected the two. This would be when I was just about the age of first grade.

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Who remembers 8-track tapes? And combination TV's-Stereo-radios also known as Consoles?

I don't know if any of them ever were available here in Norway. If they were, they weren't owned by anyone in my family.


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02 Apr 2014, 2:44 am

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Who remembers 8-track tapes? And combination TV's-Stereo-radios also known as Consoles?

I don't know if any of them ever were available here in Norway. If they were, they weren't owned by anyone in my family.

I remember working in a radio shack store in 1978 and the 8 track machines of the day sounded better than 99% of the cassette machines. and my parents had a huge old sears silvertone console, its sound quality was far from silver, however- muffled and grungy with boomy bass.



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03 Apr 2014, 1:47 pm

I remember VHS very well; my family only got rid of our player and most tapes this time last year (save family videos). I was also learned how to use cassettes as a 5 year old, and still have my CD Walkman (which I used on a car trip last summer because my iPod died). I also found my dads surprisingly well-preserved record collection and we've resolved to buy a turntable sometime soon.

I actually remember my first DVD. When I was 7 (early 2004), we went to Target, bought a VHS/DVD combo player, and got the oh-so memorable Disney Peter Pan sequel (you know, one of those straight-to-video Disney movies). A week later my mom signed up for Netflix and the first thing we got was Pollyanna.


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03 Apr 2014, 2:47 pm

I've got boxes full of VHS tapes that I have to make myself dub onto DVD-R someday soon. like a time capsule they contain 1980s television programming on them, commercials and all.



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05 Apr 2014, 5:01 am

Yeah, hell I even remember what beta is!


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05 Apr 2014, 6:26 am

We didn't get a VCR until I was primary school aged. My family wasn't that well off. I remember using it all the time to record the Rage top 50 off the TV on a saturday morning.



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05 Apr 2014, 6:30 am

I dont TiVo.

Still use blank VHS's to tape stuff to this day.

Just watched "Parenthood" on VHS because I heard on WP that it has aspie characters- so I taped it because its after my bedtime (gotta be at work at 6am).

I think they still sell blank VHS tapes at the drugstore (though I havent checked extremely recently).

But I rarely ever bought blank VHS's anyway, because I recycle triple X'ers alot (just put a piece of electrical tape of that square notch in the corner). Recording over a normal hollywood film is like defacing a book ( its just not done), but one gets tired of a triple Xer fast and theyre fair game. So most of my homemade VHS library of PBS shows and Turner Movie Classics is on what were originally porno tapes.



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05 Apr 2014, 10:12 pm

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I dont TiVo.

Still use blank VHS's to tape stuff to this day.

Just watched "Parenthood" on VHS because I heard on WP that it has aspie characters- so I taped it because its after my bedtime (gotta be at work at 6am).

I think they still sell blank VHS tapes at the drugstore (though I havent checked extremely recently).

But I rarely ever bought blank VHS's anyway, because I recycle triple X'ers alot (just put a piece of electrical tape of that square notch in the corner). Recording over a normal hollywood film is like defacing a book ( its just not done), but one gets tired of a triple Xer fast and theyre fair game. So most of my homemade VHS library of PBS shows and Turner Movie Classics is on what were originally porno tapes.

if you time shift, how to you get the digital-to-analog converter tuner to change channels and turn on when your VCR turns on? does your VCR have a ATSC tuner?



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05 Apr 2014, 10:50 pm

I had VHS tapes of some of the Land Before Time films growing up, and I still have the one for Lilo & Stitch sitting on my self.


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05 Apr 2014, 10:52 pm

I have a VHS copy of the gary Larson cartoon video.



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06 Apr 2014, 12:08 am

Heh, I remember my parents didn't even get a DVD player at home until 2002 or 2003. For a good portion of my childhood, most of the movies that I watched were on VHS. Even through junior high and high school, many of the films we watched in class were on VHS, as it was just too cost-prohibitive for the schools I went to to transfer their existing VHS libraries to DVD.

Needless to say, I have an appreciation for the format, with its warm-sounding audio, distortion artifacts, fuzzy picture... brings back so many good memories. :D

If I ever go into filmmaking, I want to shoot my first film on VHS, preferably with one of those bigass oldschool camcorders.



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06 Apr 2014, 12:11 am

the VHS era was back when I was still young and healthy compared to now, so it has a nostalgic value for that reason. but I realize that tape [audio/video/data] was just a transitory format between analog disc and digital [non-tape] storage methods.



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06 Apr 2014, 7:49 am

i remember. we still have a lot of tapes.


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06 Apr 2014, 8:41 am

Oh my gracious I feel old. :lol: I don't miss rewinding.