If you want to shoot “vintage” photos with your iPhone, there are apps like Instagram. If you’d like to do the same thing with video, there’s a new app for that called VHS Camcorder. It turns your iPhone into a 1985 camcorder, allowing you to shoot VHS-quality footage that’ll give you a pang of nostalgia that takes you back three decades.
“It’ll look that way when you record and send lots of old, messed up-looking videos to your friends,” the app’s maker, Rarevision, writes. “They’ll swear you invented a time machine: ‘OMG, how’d you shoot that?'”
Videos pop out of VHS Camcorder looking like they’ve spent the past 30 years in a storage locker. The app has real-time preview that lets you degrade the picture by dragging your finger around or by shaking your iPhone (or iPad).
Features of the app include: the most accurate VHS simulation available (with tape noise, static, and tracking distortion), on-screen date and time graphics, a phony zoom lens, easy sharing, a built-in viewer, widescreen, your choice of frame rate (24/25/30), and HD resolution.
Here’s a sample clip captured by Drew Olanoff of TechCrunch:
Here’s another sample clip by reporter Rich DeMuro of the news station KTLA 5 in SoCal:
You can purchase VHS Camcorder for $4 over in the iTunes App Store for your own blast from the past.