New York City in 1993 in HD - DTheater DVHS Demo Tape

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Captured from a D-Theater HD DVHS Demo Tape by />Posted here (on my supplementary channel) as it has a copyright claim on the soundtrack. If you want to subscribe - the main Techmoan channel is />The full Retro-Tech D-VHS video is here: /> In 2002 D-Theater launched in the US - the dealers needed a demo tape of HD footage. JVC reused some HD video that had been shot as a demo for the Japanese HD market back in 1993. This footage would have most likely been originally used for a HiVision MUSE demo (an HD Broadcast, Tape & Laserdisc format). You can determine that the year is 1993 by the adverts in Times Square - The Radio 501 CD that's advertised on a billboard came out in 1993 and Paper Moon is playing at the Marquis Theater. For those wondering what HD video camera tech existed in 1993 - there are a few options, but it's likely that this footage was shot with a HDVS camera- perhaps a Sony SONY HDC-500 attached to a HDV-10 portable recorder which recorded on UniHi 3/4" tape. Music - Living for the City - Muzak Version (Originally Stevie Wonder) / Autumn in New York - Kimiko Itoh

No one is holding a smart phone...
Prinzz C
pretty crazy how a camera from 1993 still has better quality than an android camera
National Health Institute
Can't believe 1993 was 60 years ago
Nilas Grahn
Wow, they had electricity in 1993?
3:53 This girl is pretty cute 3:59 Oh god I take that back
That's crazy, that level of quality from 25 years ago. And it looks like it was shot at 60 frames per second, unless this footage was interpolated? Could practically be from a modern DSLR
I was born in 1972 and I remember this time as the best time in my life. The cold war was over. Russia and the US were friends. Everyone had money in their pockets. There was great music in all genres. There were great movies starring celebrities that people respected. There was no identity politics. You could disagree with people without hating them. It was a dream that lasted until September 11, 2001.
Making a video on old New York starter pack: >Thumbnail including twin towers >Comments on people not holding smartphones
I FOUND THEM ALL!! 0:33 - Jonathan Ross 0:59 - Jonh Travolta 1:02 - Tom Cruise (Bottom right going to the centre) 1:08 - Mel Gibson (Centre with sunglasses on) 1:13 - Quinton Tarantino (coming out of the shop, top left) 1:17 - The British Queen (bottom left) 1:48 - Jackie chan (sitting on the stool) 2:53 - Robert De Niro 4:04 - A kid trying to get into college but is not good at his job
Silent Gamer
Tupac is somwhere out there recording poetic justice
I wish this camera was available in the 50s or 60s. Those are the times I really want to see in HD.
Food for thought
1:43 Hey look, a nazi
Jet Soda
you'd never think this place had almost 2000 murders that year.
I was 23. No internet, No smartphones, It really was a better more simple time, and my whole life was still ahead of me.
Mylo the Zoo-loving Scientist
I feel such strong nostalgia for an era I wasn't even alive to experience. I was born in 1998 and so have no recollection of the decade, but watching videos like this makes me long inexplicably for those days. The Twin Towers specifically have always evoked this feeling within me, partly because they were so quintessentially "New York," and I wish I would have been fortunate enough to see them with my own eyes. I mean, I was born in the city, but... I don't know, maybe it's because this is where my parents lived for so much of their lives, and so seeing videos from an era they lived in begins to feel a little like watching home videos to me? I can't explain it; it's just a strange, bittersweet feeling.
Artzie Music
this is so rad
0:57 Ponytail notices Shoulder Pads.
The camera that shot this footage must have cost a small fortune back then!! Still, it is really cool to see footage from 1993 in HD :)
Johnny Mnemonic
2:53 Robert De Niro sleeping on the street?
Aj Sky
No Feminism + No Islam = Paradise New York
Alessandro Calabrese
It's kinda surreal. It looks like it's being shot yesterday. When you see the world without the distorted VHS artifacts, it looks like the world today, with the same people having the same problems.
Alexandr Oleynikov
1:42 why is that guy in an SS sweater wtf?
Афон Слепцовский
pause at 01:00 REAL MEME! =))))
Bakchod baba ji jo leta jaan chodke chodke
Still better than today's India
A fat Paki bastard
I want to see the 80s in 1080 See what all the fuss is about
En Yeni Müzik
Old but gold
Михаил Сергеевич
when girls was hot and without garbage in the heads
massi massinissa
Playing this on a 4K OLED screen is just hard to believe that this was filmed back in 93, I can't believe my eyes!
1:00 yes, I would have done the exact same thing
This looks like a movie made to look like the 90s
It seems I'm not alone in saying its weird to see the twin towers, and in HD no less. I still miss them to this day.
Damn these time travellers
1:43 is this a Nazi Hippie?
The most, most, most expensive camera in 90 years. And the best.
Minism Music
So life in 1993 wasn't actually like a VHS tape...?
bandbgamesroom - Electronics, Urbex & More
when a camera from 1993 is better than yours :/
Edith MacLean
3:59 horror teeth
This was a quarter of a century ago
Look at that, people actually talking with other people!
When Trump had money
If it wasn't for some outdated hairstyles, the absence of smartphones, and the twin towers, I would honestly believe the video was recorded today. Can't believe it was already 23 years ago ; how time flies !
At 1:04 with the Cameraman carrying a large shoulder mount camera, I suspect that person was ONE of the film crew of this video who was told by a unit director to "Look Cool" in the shot! It DOES give a clue as to WHAT POSSIBLE HARDWARE it was filmed on because it's shape tells me it was NOT a Sony Betacam SP or DigiBeta News-style camera but was more likely (possibly?) an NHK Japan's Tube-based HDTV camera which was actually a Saticon TUBE camera which would explain the yellow-tinged imagery and blasted-out highlights displayed THROUGHOUT this video. That TYPICAL Plumbicon-style and/or Saticon-type ONE-INCH tube imagery that cause blurry edges and blow-outs on the white areas of an image seems to be present on almost all brighter objects. These cameras had 1125 scanning lines and shot at 60 fields per second! The camera was also about $75,000 U.S. or more to buy at the time! This footage does NOT have the typical COMET TAIL on night shots that would normally be present if it WAS actual HD Tube based camera, so it STILL could be a Sony HD500 or also JVC CCD chip camera and since JVC mostly used Sony CCD image sensor chips in those days the quality would be similar to Sony! I do admit though the QUALITY is very high with very little noise BUT a modern 4k GoPro Hero Black 7 is STILL better and $74,000 CHEAPER! Nowadays I shoot Red at full 8K which is 16 times the pixel count of HDTV 1080p! The Sony HDVS demo tapes from 1987 and 1990 at: and seem a bit more "Digital Looking" even WITH ME taking into account the Youtube compression and original HDVS to Betacam dubbing artifacts, while this particular HD footage seems more fluid and organic which is why I am leaning more towards an NHK Saticon HD tube-style camera being the actual camera used for this video rather than a JVC or SONY system! YES! I also noticed at 4:18 the camera taking in the JVC-branded Times square sign for quite some time, so MAYBE JVC really did do all the work on this but I still am kinda leaning towards NHK HD Tube camera! If anyone has MORE information or counter-info that refutes my assertions, then please do post a reply! .
I Stole Your Sandwich
It's hard to think that all of the people in this video are either old or dead now...
james hm
I am looking for George ,Jerry , Kramer , Elaine and Newman 😁😁😍☹️😖
Kai Bannon
And there's the world trade center.
SGpro 42:00
That sure is a lot of baby boomers.
Neill Karijodrono
This reminds of the wolf of wallstreet
Chris Cardona
Twin towers were better than the shit we have today
Error Error
Finally a recommended video, without Justin Y. having already commented.
Martin Shields
no water bottles or jugs of coffee
Tom Clercq
It's funny to read comments like "no one is holding a phone" or "those were the days". I don't know why cellpones are such a bad thing today. If you don't like smartphones then great, just don't have one and you'll live just fine. You don't like social media? Then don't create accounts on every platforms and pretend to be cool. Also, I think that we, generally speaking tend to believe that the past was better. But was it really? I was born in 1992 and to be honest I don't remember too much of the 90's. If you asked me I would say that I miss the early 00's because I was old enough to understand what was going on around me and that I used to skateboard all around town with friends. Well I guess I just miss the times when I was a kid with no responsabilities and that the only thing that mattered back then was to have fun. When I asked my parents about the 90's they say that they much rather go back to the late 70's and 80's and again, I guess that's because they miss their youth as well. Like kids in the futur will probably miss the 2010's.. Also, I don't know why the 90's were simpler. I would just say the opposite because today everything is made to make our lives easier.
1:43 wtf why does he have ss shirt
When the world was wonderful
It looks like a Casey neistat vlog
3:46 how incredible are those buildings.. "less is more" comes to mind. Made the skyline look powerful
i've never been to new york or was even alive in 1993 but i'm still getting nostalgia
I wonder if that hot woman has facebook now.
Caleb Matthew
which casey neistat vlog is this ?
0:58 that guy checking her out
television and cheese
It's mad to see something like this, where every single thing is older than me. All I've ever seen of this place is Die Hard on the Sega and in composite quality vhs / vcd videos. It's so weird to see how everything looks them same to them as it does to us! Also wow no ugly cars !
Now I am going to watch Prince of Bellair
Looks the same, just one or two missing details
This camera must have been astronomically expensive in 1993.
Aidan Pang
The year where we had Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston
Someone in 2030?
0:32 funny towers
Daniel Pletikosić
and 8 years later 3000 people dieded jet fuel melt steel twins
Pulp Fiction John Travolta @ 0:57
0:57 : very beautiful woman
Antoin Rodrego
When you see those people living there life without iPhones it was heaven
Igor Kononov
I've experienced some kind of a time travel right now. Amazing video!
Fatty Mc. Fattyface
Seeing the Twin Towers there, and knowing that I wasn't around when they still stood is almost like a nostalgia trip into someone else's life.
Am I the only one who thinks it is extremely fascinating to see 1993 in HD?
Cool Guy B]
Kurt Cobain was alive at the time this was being recorded lol. So was Tupac, Biggie. A lot of legends were alive at this time. Kinda cool?
Darryl Giors
This gives me pangs of nostalgia. Not only because 1993 was my senior year in high school and the memories of that period stand out. It's because my personal memories of that time are recorded on VHS and Hi-8 tapes. Their quality is nothing compared with this. And that speaks to history. How much of history, time, places and people is just lost that we cannot ever see in this kind of clarity? Sure film captures a lot of clarity but big formats are and were expensive to run. So the majority of what we have preserved in high quality film is movie production. It's artificial. Some of history is preserved that way but it's such a slender slice. I think this kind of thing will become relevant again when stereoscopic VR videography makes strides. When it's done well viewing it is like standing there. Again it will be painful to know that so much of history is lost without having a VR window into those events.
mr krabs
1/5 of the people in this video are now dead
cristina lexy
Wouldn't great to demolish all this ugly buildings and replace with family homes surrounded with nice green areas? At least this is how smart quality of life human should live...
I hope the woman @ 0:59 finds this video and sees herself getting checked out 24 years later
I lived in NY for 26 years until I moved away for good in 2003. I miss it sometimes, but when I visit, i find the city to be both full of wonder but, grayer, harder, grittier, and the people ruder and less amiable (unless you are buying something) than before. It's also much more crowded. It's a great place when you're young to earn money (if you are willing to work 20 hours a day) , meet people, develop your career, and learn new things, but to live there for too long will make you a very cynical person.
Caoimhín Ó Cáinín
Quarter of a century ago!
Kamal King
Man, it would also be so cool to see the 70s in HD.
goro gere
*when white was white...
Chiro Videos TV
Amazing, somewhat ethereal footage. Seems slightly weird to watch HD from an era that I didn't know had that technology. This has a slightly spooky time traveller feel to it, if that makes sense. Adding to the otherworldly feel is the idea of watching people in HD pretty much before the arrival of mass use of mobile phones and when email/internet was still pretty basic. And I wonder what some of the characters here are up to now.
Chris Barrett
I really wish I was around in the 70s 80s and 90s in NEW YORK if I had the opportunity to go back in time I would
Just Another Youtube Channel
Man this honestly looks really good, especially for 1993. It’s really surreal seeing footage from this era looking so good.
Daniel Arcure
Ok so people really did look like they were extras in Friends when I was born
Matt D
I wonder what people will say 25 years from now when they look back at what life was like in 2019
Thom smith
That squirrel is definitely dead
This video predicted 9/11! 3:10
Mr. Extreme
1993 lacked the video screens for consumers to have enjoyed this properly. The best they had at the time for home televisions was a format called IDTV. Essentially a normal high quality color crt TV but with s line doublers built in. We used to have one back in 1993 made by ProScan. Very nice and very expensive TV for the time with built in surround sound processor, PIP, and many other fun built in toys and effects. One could freeze live TV and zoom in on the image. IT was fun. Wasn't full HD but it was getting dam close.
11 1
0:32 , 3:46 WTC (Twins building) 😭😭😭
Wow. Almost 26 years ago. A whole generation has pretty much disappeared from the earth during that time. And yet, other than the cars and technology, not much seemed to have changed.
Robert Knupfer
Holy crap! That’s me! Ponytail guy! Lol!
Ray correa
Younger generations will never know whats to walk on the streets standing straight looking everything except some smartphone. That beautiful sense of not being available to every single one 24/7, to just chat about what's being going on with the lives of your friends as opposed to know every single detail of their lives before even meet them. In early 2000's I was having a chat someone said that a new phone was about to come it had WiFi (cant remember what model), now that a certain park has free wifi you could take the phone there, I said well thats stupid why would you want to check internet if you are enjoying a walk in the park... all those years later I still think the same.
You know by the Sony Commerical at the time, shouldnt Discman and Joe Satriani's Summer Song be play somewhere, perhaps only on the west coast? Man 1993 was a fun time in my life, this brings back memories. Thank Techmoan.
New York is more beautiful than any European city, no doubt about it. European cities with their archaic looks are cozy but not impressive.
My Samsung Galaxy S8 with its UHD 3840x2160 video camera can't even begin to touch this level of image quality. 😒
dario longobardi
The song is called living for the city by Stevie wonder. The one in the video is like an instrumental
Jay Ayers
0:56 Poor fella. Probably been dreaming of that woman eveyday for the past 25 years :(
0:57 Totally real and not staged 😉