Golden Days of The Online video Cassette Recorder (VCR)

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Remember people times of the 80s and early 90s when our favorite end in the nearby market place would be the “Online video Library” that succeeded in delighting us each and every time we went there. The period that was dominated and dominated by a gadget loved by one particular and all, old or youthful – the Online video Cassette Recorder or much more commonly the VCR.

The 80s was a time when cable television had considerably from arrived at India in any sort. It was a time in which just one particular tech was to glow – the Movie Cassette Recorder. As it so happened, the people today experienced no option in any way in looking at programmes on the Television as the only channel offered was the Doordarshan (more commonly DD) and later the DD Metro which in reality seemed a major bonus! It seemed just a ideal environment for anything like a Video Cassette Recorder to make its presence felt and counted.

The Movie Cassette Recorder opened up to the Indian individuals a whole new environment of amusement that was mysterious prior to this. From watching just the information or documentaries sprinkled sparsely with a pinch of weekly serials, the prevalent guy now had the luxurious of making the most of movies at the consolation of his bed room – right from the old classics to the latest flicks of Bollywood.

Video Cassette Recorders employed removable video clip cassettes (online video tapes) which utilized magnetic tapes to history movies on them. What this intended was, not only could a single view prerecorded cassettes for films but they could also record exhibits and broadcast from the tv that could be performed on later! This was pure magic!!! Of class, there was on give a less expensive variant of the VCR which we called the VCP – Video clip Cassette Player – which could only playback the cassette but not record.

The advent of VCRs in India gave a excellent chance for the business enterprise in the variety of “Online video Libraries” to flourish! Just about every nearby current market had at a minimum amount 2 to 3 libraries to boast of, all of whom could comfortably survive inspite of t competition as the desire substantially overdid the source by a massive margin. I nevertheless keep in mind our very own “Micky Online video Library” and the “Lords” library which ended up this kind of incredibly hot spots in those people situations, the initial just one ironically currently being located in a compact narrow lane was just a very small tiny space with a selection of some hundred videos. The latter was a a lot additional dignified a position with a significantly bigger selection of both of those Hindi and English movies and an air conditioned shop to flaunt! But to be genuine it rarely mattered, as what was essential was to get that newest release on the initially probability – damn if it was pirated or if you experienced to shell out a number of further bucks!

The early VCRs were being best loading products exactly where you inserted the cassette in a slot that popped out from the best of the VCR on urgent the “Eject” button. It was later followed by the far more sleek and improved variations of VCRs that have been front loading, experienced a a lot more pleasing and modern day come to feel to them, not to fail to remember the continually improved features remaining extra 1 these kinds of feature I try to remember was the availability of a “Timer” the place you could truly set the time at which the VCR would start off recording!

It was not just Online video Libraries that flourished. Movie Cassette Recorders offered a exceptional prospect for little time experts and engineers with so lots of of these “Video Mend” retailers that sprung up. The VCR functioned with a revolving “Head”with a tiny small pin which browse the magnetic tape on the cassette. As was predicted, with the dust and bodily make contact with, invariably you would be confronted with a circumstance where your “Head” went soiled and you necessary both a “head cleaner” sprayed on it to get it cleaned, or in extreme scenarios, you experienced to consider it to one of those people repair shops.

The VCRs also ushered in an age of quite a few various and new forms of enjoyment revolving about the Television. Moreover just movies, they also opened up doors to the Pakistani Performs which are remembered even until day. It brought to our properties some lovable characters from performs such as Dhoop Kinare and Tanhaiyan that grew to become a part of our life and live with us even now. And then there were these “Film Journals”. I am not talking about the Fimfares or Star Dusts. The VCRs brought in the strategy of video journals these types of as “Leheren” which became a house name. They ended up fundamentally all over one particular hour demonstrates that gave you the news from the Hindi Film Marketplace – something that modern channels are comprehensive of and has now turn into these a taken for granted matter! At people occasions, these online video magazines were your only re source to in fact get dwell snippets into the life of film stars or to watch the shooting of a film! These kinds of an remarkable detail it made use of to be!

A issue most reminiscent of these moments was the top quality of online video that you received to observe – what was in the widespread language referred to as the “print” of the cassette. So generally did you have to return a online video as “the print” was so undesirable! So not like the CDs and DVDs of now exactly where there are no challenges with the quality that you get to watch. But by some means, remembering it today, a person somewhere in his heart wishes for people minimal nick-nags that today’s about-fantastic earth has entirely eliminated:(

And how can one forget that “Counter” you experienced in those people times on the VCRs. It was a smaller a few digit counter with revolving dials that confirmed figures -9 on each and every dial to represent the length of the online video that had been performed:) Beginning from 000 it went on to 999 and was these types of a basic and a amazing show of how a essential minor principle could be set to this kind of pertinent use! It was afterwards changed by a electronic counter with the introduction of more improved and improved VCRs which presented a digital display screen. Once again it is a single of people things that make you surprise – do we genuinely need all this development! Why have we forgotten to maintain items very simple:(

How can one particular ever forget about that sound of a movie cassette “Rewinding” and that distinct “thud” with which it stopped or when you pressed that “Cease” button! My coronary heart goes out to people instances:oops: Its actually is these kinds of a superior reliving people moments from the past. I bear in mind how the summer time crack intended so several movies on the VCR, day by day visits to the video library – which had even started off home supply and the mobile phone expert services – some even likely as much as providing a printed list of videos they had in their retail outlet! I even recall that as young children we utilised to get an additional VCR on retain the services of for a number of days as you could interconnect them with your VCR with a cable and actually make copies of the cassettes. To assume of it now, how did I at any time consider that substantially of problems to record a cassette! But then, that was the magic of people times.

A person just is compelled to imagine – why does engineering have these types of a crab mentality where it desires to pull anyone down to be able to climb up:( Why does each individual new engineering have to kill its predecessor. Why can’t the old and the new coexist? Why cant we have the previous with the new. I am only thankful and feel privileged to have skilled and made use of these winners of the previous.

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Supply by S Agrawal