This HD video of New York was recorded on a VHS tape in 1993

Apr 10, 2017

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This HD video of New York was recorded on a VHS tape in 1993

Apr 10, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Do you remember VHS tapes? Can you call them back to your memory and compare the horrendous image quality with the crisp, super-sharp HD videos we have today? Well, they had HD back in the ‘90s as well. It wasn’t common, but there were some solutions that offered HD recording on a VHS tape. This video of New York from 1993 was recorded precisely this way – combining HD tech with VHS.

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According to the video description, it’s likely that this footage was shot with an HDVS camera. It might have been a Sony HDC-500 attached to an HDV-10 portable recorder which recorded on UniHi 3/4″ tape. When D-Theater launched in the US in 2002, the dealers needed a demo tape of HD footage. JVC decided to reuse some HD video shot almost a decade before.

When I think of VHS, the first thought is about the terrible video quality of these tapes (although it reminds me of childhood). I still watch cartoons and home videos ripped from VHS, so I can easily compare them to the modern videos. But this footage of New York is almost surreal. It’s strange to see kinda vintage atmosphere in such a high-quality video. Pay attention to the details of faces in close up, or details on leaves and squirrel in the park, those left the biggest impression on me. It’s hard to believe they were recorded on a VHS tape.

The description of the video suggests that you can tell it’s 1993 by some details in the streets, like billboards and ads. But if you ask me, it’s enough to look at that fashion and realize this was, indeed, filmed in the early ‘90s. And as a bonus – nobody is staring at their phones while walking. They’re checking out each other instead. :)

[New York in 1993 in HD – DTheater DVHS Demo Tape via FStoppers]

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3 responses to “This HD video of New York was recorded on a VHS tape in 1993”

  1. SMSjohnson Avatar
    SMSjohnson

    What are people’s opinions on 60fps video? I still find it visually jarring; but I wonder if I am in the minority.

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      I feel the same. :) I can’t explain it, it just seems slightly weird.

  2. alxbrb Avatar
    alxbrb

    What was the specs of the camera/recorder/medium chain?
    This is truly amazing.