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April 15, 2013

YouTube's Tape Mode Easter Egg

YouTube's player added a "tape mode" button for many videos to celebrate "the 57th birthday of the first commercially available video recorder". The tape mode uses some VHS-like effects that add noise, distortion, pixel blocks, video compression artifacts. If you press the "pause" button, you'll see a shaking effect that simulates what happened when a VHS tape was paused.

To try this feature, you can add "&vhs=1" to the URL of a YouTube video, like this:

{ Thanks, Sterling. }


  1. This does not work on all videos (yet?).

  2. For me, it gives an error every time :( (on the same video)

  3. does it still work for the new youtube layout?