App of the Week – VHS Camcorder

Published on September 23, 2015

Fun fact: October 21, 2015 is the day that marks Marty McFly’s flight into ‘the future,’ meaning that, yes, the future really is now.

But, if you’re looking to go back in time and give your iPhone videos the feel of something from 1985, check out VHS Camcorder, one of the latest offerings from Rarevision. According their website, “VHS Camcorder shoots videos that look and sound like videotape recordings that have been in storage for 30 years.” So, all that wibbly-warbly, tracking fuzz that used to come up when you put in your favorite VHS tape? You can totally give your otherwise sleek and shiny smartphone movies that kind of edge.

In that sense, we think it’s an app with a great sense of humor. You can fake the date on the camera, so it looks like your video really did go through some sort of time travel machine. VHS Camcorder also encourages users to “create videos of [their] kids that look like videos from [their] childhood” and “easily share videos from within the app or through Camera Roll.” And, with 4.5 stars on the App Store, it looks like it’s gathered a fan following.