Happy National VCR Day!

Can you guess this treasured device of the past?

Loading a VHS tape

Today is National VCR Day! It’s a wonderful way for people of all ages to remember the humbling beginnings of a piece of technology that paved the way for other great technological advances.

A videocassette recorder (VCR) is an electromechanical device that people used to record their favorite shows from the television by means of a cassette of magnetic tape widely known as VHS tapes.

Fun facts about a beloved piece of the past

  • The first VCR was introduced to the public in 1956.
  • These devices didn’t become popular until the 1970s when the home video cassette format was launched by Philips.
  • The average price for a VCR was between $1,000-$1,400 in 1975.
  • The Lion King is the best-selling VHS tape of all time with sales reaching 32 million copies.

Reminisce with us by using the hashtag #NationalVCRDay on social media!

Appreciation of the past leads to instant gratification with DEPCO

In DEPCO’s Digital Video Production curriculum, students will not only learn the history of film and extensive uses for camcorders; they get to be fully immersed in hands-on activities and engaging modules that challenges the imagination within budding minds. Students will explore many facets of the film industry including video editing software and film budgets, while showcasing their own talents with the creation of an original children’s story and PSA.

Click here to learn more about Digital Video Production.

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Videocassette recorder.” Encyclopedia Britannica, 11 Mar. 2013, https://www.britannica.com/technology/videocassette-recorder. Accessed 7 June 2021.

“National VCR Day.” HolidaysCalender, https://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/national-vcr-day. Accessed 7 June 2021.

“What Were the Best-Selling VHS Tapes of All Time?” Video2dvdtransfers, 9 Apr. 2019, https://www.video2dvdtransfers.co.uk/blog/2019/04/09/best-selling-vhs-tapes. Accessed 7 June 2021.

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