Quasar 1984 TV spot

Digitizing 1980s TV ads from VHS

This was a practice attempt with at-home VHS digitization using a composite-to-USB converter and an iMac. Why commercials? Why not? Thirty-second spots were easier to handle than three- to four-minute music videos or half-hour shows, and they’re beautiful pop-cultural snapshots. The tape I started with happened to be from 1984. There’s a local New York City spot for Wheel of Fortune, a fun Pepto Bismol ad, and a strange Quasar spot with pulsating alien eggs and a Martin Sheen voiceover, along with a few other gems. Click through for the playlist.