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Enthusiast recorded a video on an audio cassette of the 80s of the XX century (2 videos)


Original technical ideas from the pastperiodically used by modern YouTube to demonstrate the various capabilities of unusual gadgets. Enthusiast Chris Slyke used the Fisher-Price Do-It-Yourself Kids Kit from the 80s of the last century for YouTube. The gadget introduced by Slick allows video recording on tape cassettes. The technique is not used in practice, but is a demonstration of the ability to write data to various media.


Fisher-Price PXL-2000 Set releaseda limited series at the end of the 80s of the last century consisted of a black and white video camera and a compact cassette for a standard tape recorder. According to the developers, information about the video was stored on the left audio channel of the film, and the sound on the right. The bandwidth limit for recording data on an audio cassette was overcome by accelerated scrolling of the film, increased by 9 times compared to the standard speed of the compact cassette.

The video recorded on the audio tape is obtainedpoor quality, like low-quality video from tracking systems. The Fisher-Price toy itself did not receive wide popularity and was discontinued just a year after its presentation.


An enthusiast from the 21st century decided to revive the forgottentechnology, for which Slike used the Python and Java programming languages, as well as the Sony tape recorder. As a result, he was able to transform the video signal into data that can be recorded on an audio cassette. The result of the experiment was a video in a resolution of 100 × 75 at a speed of 5 frames per second. Such an experiment does not have practical value, but it is a good example to demonstrate the principles of data storage on various media.