This hacker can record video on audio cassette tapes!!!

This hacker can record video on audio cassette tapes and playback in ultra low-resolution.


Date: 20-May-2020


Some believe that Cassette tapes are a played-out relic, useless even to people who still believe TikTok accounts claim reign of the internet of real life in 2020.


But on contrary a YouTube hacker decided cassette tapes can have a new trick, as a treat: 'The ability to record and playback video'.


While he was home a hacker who goes by Kris Slyka found a new way to put cassette tapes from the 1980s to new use in the age of COVID-19.





This is when he applied his expertise on Python and Java to give new life to 10.8 by 6.99 centimeters (4.25 by 2.75 inch) plastic cases with 91.44 centimeters (300 feet) of magnetic tape. Of course, recording video data on audio cassette tapes wasn't easy. The video quality isn't up to par for Avengers Endgame.


Today's high-res video formats consist of 8.3 million pixels and show 240 frames per second. Working with something like magnetic audio cassette tapes limits this to a display of merely 100 by 75 pixels, for a total of 7,500 pixels, and a speed of 5 frames per second.


It takes serious skill and patience for a developer to track new visual media into old technology — especially one deemed a dead-end for so long. Needless to say, from the demo alone, this could go to some really interesting places.



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