Unregistered Hypercam 2 refers to the watermark in the upper left corner of recordings made in the free edition of HyperCam 2, a screen capture software.
The software was released by Hyperionics Inc. in 1997.
Many early YouTube videos, depicting screen capture content contains “unregistered hypercam 2” in the upper left corner of the video.
These would start to surface on the video publishing site in 2007.
Hyperionics released HyperCam 3 in June, 2010, spanning a lot of discussions online about the end of an era, where videos would be fitted with the watermark in their upper left corner.
The phrase would remain to be featured in humorous videos, memes and Reddit threads in the following years, making appearances even in 2015 and 2016.
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