Obsoleet Episode 07

Episode 07

“The Digisode”

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Show Notes

Segments:
Minidiscs
‘Secrets of a Super Hacker’ Review
Digitizing VHS

“Minidiscs”

Shows the basics of Minidisc Net-MD players, transferring to Minidsic from the computer, and playback on a Minidisc deck.

Players used were: MZ-NE410, MZ-N510, MDS-JE500 (deck)

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“’Secrets of a Super Hacker’ Review”

ISBN-10: 1559501065

ISBN-13: 978-1559501064

“Digitizing VHS”

Gives a little discussion of methods for transferring VHS.

Shows off the PolyTron Digital Video Stabilizer, Vidicraft Detailer II, Vidicraft Proc Amp, Archer Super Video Processor, Archer Video Enhancer/Stabilizer, Archer Video Color Processor, Archer Video Sound Processor, Ambico Video Enhancer/Audio Mixer, Sima SED-CM Video CopyMaster.

This is followed by a demonstration chaining the VCR —> Stabilizer —> Vidicraft Proc Amp —> Vidicraft Detailer II —> DVD Recorder.

 

Obsoleet Episode 05

Episode 05

“The Perspectivsode”

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Show Notes

Segments:
VHS Basics
Payphone Anatomy
Quadraphonics

“VHS Basics”
Makes use of a RCA Selectavision VCR and a Phillips Magnavox VCR. The segment talks about the history of VHS format and introduces the VCR and VHS tape.

“Payphone Anatomy”
Segment shows the inside and outside of a Protel payphone. This phone is a COCOT and may be incomplete. There is a brief history of payphones followed by the teardown.

“Quadraphonics”
Features a Sony 4-Channel Quad Receiver and offers a brief demo or the positioning function of the receiver and a history of quadraphonics.

 

VHS Disasterpiece

This is not an episode, it is more of an experiment and a product of boredom. Thought I’d share it with the world instead of keep it to myself.

You can also download this (ridiculously large) video in XviD from Archive.org.

I decided I wanted to see how VHS degraded through the process of copying. Some people may be experienced with “workprint” cuts of movies. A workprint is simply an unfinished movie cut of a film meant for inner circulation by film personnel. Workprints can often contain unfinished effects, alternate takes, different endings, etc. This causes them to be highly prized by collectors.

So how does this fit in? Most workprints were dumped to VHS for circulation, and every once in a while these tapes would get taken off the movie set. People would copy a tape, give it to a friend, and continue this process. Most of these workprints have awful wear because of this.

I decided to run episode one of Obsoleet through some VCRs. The episode was streamed to a VCR via a modified Xbox running XBMC. I then copied the tape back and forth through two VCRs about seven times to get this result.

I dumped the tape to DVD via a DVD recorder, which actually tried to correct the tape and made it look even worse. The recorder might have corrected some of the color, but made the video shaky and more distorted.

I ripped the DVD and cut out a segment that I think best shows the degradation of the video.