Back then VHS tapes were king. And there was very little else on the horizon to even threaten to steal their crown (stand down, Betamax). The best thing however, wasn’t just being able to rent and view the latest blockbuster as you stuffed your face with Butterkist. It was the fact that you could make your own movies and capture your own moments! The popularity of camcorders recording onto VHS tapes in the late 80’s opened up a whole new world of possibilities for the average household! It would now be possible to record those first tentative baby steps, christmas gift unwrappings, school nativities and wedding speeches with the added convenience of being able to watch your directorial masterpieces back, on your existing VHS player.
Nothing lasts forever however and as technology shifted and the digital disc era gained momentum, our trusty magnetic tapes were starting to die out along with their bulky accompanying equipment. Before we knew it, people had completely forgotten about their outdated tapes and the DVD and Blu-Ray had taken centre-stage with their posh interactive features and chapter selections. Skip even further forward and from the mid-2000’s discs themselves were being preceded by the humble file format and On-Demand streaming.