Quoted from scylla:
WTF? What do you call it when you've owned a pin for years and don't even know it has a video mode...
Maybe you have it turned off?
If the video mode is turned on in your settings, to get the video mode you have to spell FIRE in the inlane/outlanes a certain number of times and then hitting the wizard saucer will award the video mode. If you win the video mode you get an extra ball in default settings.
The key is to get into the habit of shifting the FIRE lights with the flipper buttons to light one of the unlit FIRE letters every time you make a ramp shot.
Video Mode is lit by (default) 8 completions of FIRE (on the inlanes and outlanes), and started in Merlin's Saucer. Note: Video Mode is only available in the release ROM (v1.0), not in the sample games' ROM (v0.5).
The video mode is called "Save the Children", and you must save 3 children from being captured by a large flock of buzzards (or some other evil bird). Kill 30, and you win. If one child is taken, you lose. The mode plays a lot like Defender, with the buzzards trying to carry the babies off the top of the dot display. You receive 100K for each buzzard killed, and a 1M bonus for completion.
There is a secret weapon available in the Video Mode.
Additionally, it is possible to alter the Video Mode slightly, although difficult. See below if you're interested.
"They took our children!" (losing)"