NATIONAL VCR DAY
On June 7th, National VCR Day takes a look a the device that revolutionized the home movie-watching experience. The observance recognizes the video cassette recorder (VCR), a device that, in its time, was a marvel of technology!
The VCR is an electro-mechanical device that records analog audio and analog video from television on a removable, magnetic tape videocassette. Images and sound can then be played back at a more convenient time. Dr. Norikazu Sawakzaki developed the first videotape recorder in 1953 and introduced it to the world in 1956. In 1970, the home video cassette format (VCR) launched, creating a booming mass-marking throughout the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. At the time, the VCR was the primary way to watch movies at home. Millions of people created their own personal movie library.
Over 10 billion videotapes remain today with our recorded memories. Full of memories, these keepsakes hold treasures for millions of people around the world. Preserving these memories in a more stable format is becoming more important as the years pass. Companies like Zoovio, Inc. provide options for both getting them converted to a DVD or stored in an online private vault, making them available for viewing and sharing on internet-connected devices, including TVs.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVCRDay
How many home movies do you have on VCR cassettes at home? Share your memories using #NationalVCRDay to post on social media. And check out Zoovio to digitalize your old VCR cassettes of family memories and preserve those memories on the web with your very own online video vault!
NATIONAL VCR DAY HISTORY
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