August 20, 2015

Want Your iPhone Videos to Look Like VHS? There's an App for That

If you're looking for a good dose of nostalgia in iOS videos, or you just want an interesting effect, the new VHS Camcorder app might be just what you need.

Remember the DSLR transcoding software 5DtoRGBYou may very well still use it, but mostly recently the company that makes it, Rarevision, also produced a program called RAWMagic, which was used for RAW video footage on Canon cameras. Now they are back with something completely different, an iOS app that makes your iPhone footage look like it was shot on an old format many of us are familiar with: VHS. 

Besides being kind of a silly idea, this is a really quick way to add realistic VHS footage to a project if you didn't want to go through the hassle of doing it in post. While there are plugins and software to do exactly that on a computer (this music video took the much more difficult approach), shooting it this way is a heck of a lot easier. 

Check out some footage shot with the camera from Ray Roman:

And from Rich DeMuro:

Here's a little more from the company on the app, which can add all sorts of little details to sell the effect and lets you control how the image is manipulated in real-time:

VHS Camcorder shoots videos that look and sound like videotape recordings that have been in storage for 30 years. With a real-time effect preview, you can degrade the picture at precisely the right moment by dragging your finger around the screen or by shaking your device. Remember that birthday when Dad pulled out the huge camcorder and chased everyone around with it? Or that Little League game when you struck out in front of all the girls? And who could forget the day of that embarrassing school play when you fell off the stage? We know you've been absolutely dying to relive those moments... and now you can!

More on what it can do:

  • Realism: the most accurate app ever for simulating aged videotape recordings
  • The most beautiful tape noise, static and tracking distortion the world has ever seen
  • On-screen date and time graphics--you know, when cameras actually did that
  • Fake the on-screen date so people think you're way younger--or older--than you really are
  • Phony zoom lens feature dramatically enhances the cheese factor
  • Control the effect using your finger or by shaking your device during recording
  • Don't think we forgot to make things sound bad--we didn't
  • Easily share videos from within the app or through Camera Roll
  • Built-in clip viewer for playing back, deleting and sharing clips
  • Widescreen recording option (but would you REALLY want to use it?)
  • Choose your frame rate: 24, 25 or 30
  • HD video recording on iPhone 4s and newer devices (1080p requires iPhone 5 or better)

At $4, it's a pretty cheap way to do something that might require quite a bit of fine-tuning in post. You may have a real use for this in a project, but even if you don't, it's another way to get an interesting look out of your smartphone or tablet videos. As of right now, this only works on iOS with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, so Android folks are out of luck with this particular app at the moment (though they said they are working on it). For more, check out their website at the link below.      

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If only it was on android.

August 20, 2015 at 11:00PM

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Charles Duoto
Studio Floor Director
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+1

August 21, 2015 at 11:37AM, Edited August 21, 11:37AM

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Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker
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There were plenty of professionals who made good money on VHS, and that is not really a VHS look in the sense that dust, scratches and a jittery image is not really the film look even though many people think that is what defines film. Regardless of 4K/6K/8K, a good VHS or S-VHS image is not displeasing. One day in the future will there be an app to simulate the ""crap"" Red 4K look ? Or am I getting old ? Please don't answer that one.

August 21, 2015 at 4:19AM, Edited August 21, 4:24AM

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Saied M.
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I really don't think they are trying to "crap" on the quality of what VHS/S-VHS was. They said in the article, "VHS Camcorder shoots videos that look and sound like videotape recordings that have been in storage for 30 years." They are going for that degraded old found footage VHS tape. And you are right, a good VHS/S-VHS is not displeasing, when not degraded and on an old CRT..

August 21, 2015 at 12:57PM

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Shaun Ryan
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@ Shaun Ryan
Yes, I guess I was being over-precious (and thanks for a gracious last sentence). I used to enjoy VHS on a 3-gun crt projector, but times certainly have changed. Which reminds me - I really must make something. Best.

August 21, 2015 at 1:31PM

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Saied M.
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People can be so sensetive these days... They weren't trying to say professional VHS cameras were all crap or had this degraded quality. This app is supposed to be a fun way to emulate the consumer grade cameras of the 80's and early 90's. I've watched hundreds of home movies that look just like this. VHS & Hi-8 alike. For the degraded vintage look, I think they killed it! It's fun, so enjoy it :)

August 21, 2015 at 7:26PM

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J.M. Anderson
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This app is super rad — my friend just used it for a 48 Hour Film Festival movie. Check it out here >> https://vimeo.com/136993429

Thank you for sharing! -George

August 22, 2015 at 11:10PM

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George Mihaly
Director at storyfirm.com
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does a similary app or plug-in exists for fcp or after effects ?

August 24, 2015 at 12:13AM

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Mangua D.
French Director
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Or,... I can just go to the cupboard, get out a still functional Panasonic MS-4, and record via a still functional Canopus ADVC-100 and a firewire interface.

:D

August 24, 2015 at 10:16PM

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Stewart Fairweather
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I found this short film shot on VHS. Interesting addition to the conversation!

http://stopthevhs.tumblr.com/

September 5, 2015 at 9:39PM, Edited September 5, 9:39PM

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Thom Y.
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VHS Camcorder iPhone app is available to download for free on Tutu Helper https://tutu-app.com/download-tutu-helper-app/.

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VHS Camcorder iPhone app is available to download for free on vshare and Apptoko .

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