[vcf-midatlantic] Laserdisk transfer to digital?

Wil Birkmaier wil at birkmaier.org
Mon Jun 21 18:21:41 UTC 2021

I had forgotten about this! I think there was some talk about using this for MAME or something to allow full emulation of Dragon's Lair and other FMV games from the arcades.

On 6/20/21, 4:49 PM, "vcf-midatlantic on behalf of David Ryskalczyk via vcf-midatlantic" <vcf-midatlantic-bounces at lists.vcfed.org on behalf of vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

    > There is a device available called the Domesday Duplicator that would allow
    > you to capture the video from Laserdiscs at the best possible quality for
    > archiving the contents.

    This really is the way to go — it captures the signal directly from the disc, which is then processed using the open-source ld-decode software. This allows for some fairly advanced recovery, including dropout correction/repair. As the software is improved over time, the captured data can be reprocessed, resulting in improved conversions. One downside, though, is that each capture can take as much as 40-80GB per disc.

    Unfortunately, setting up a capture environment is not the most straightforward —among other things, it is necessary to calibrate the LD player using a GGV1069 calibration disc. I'm not sure these are still available, but as of 6 months ago or so they were from Donberg Electronics and PacParts.

    More detailed information on this process can be found at https://www.domesday86.com/?page_id=978 <https://www.domesday86.com/?page_id=978> and  assistance can be obtained at the project Discord which is linked from https://www.domesday86.com/?page_id=416 <https://www.domesday86.com/?page_id=416>. If the quantity of discs does not justify setting up a capture environment and VCF is willing to mail the discs to a project member for capture, it might be possible to arrange for this as well — they are very much interested in getting non-movie LaserDisc titles captured.


    > On Jun 20, 2021, at 4:29 PM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
    > On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 4:23 PM Jeff Salzman via vcf-midatlantic <
    > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
    >> I have a laserdisc player, time base corrector, and video capture card. How
    >> soon does this need done?
    > There is no rush for this, but I would like someone to work on it steadily
    > so that it doesn't get forgotten.
    > A player was donated, but don't know if it works or if it is better or
    > worse than your player. I will leave that up to you.
    > Alex Jaccocks has offered to do this, but maybe both of you can figure out
    > between you two who wants to do it or collaborate.
    >> Jeff Salzman
    >> On Sun, Jun 20, 2021, 3:23 PM Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <
    >> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
    >>> So called “Video Game Enhancers” are simple time-base correctors and will
    >>> remove Macrovision.
    >>> On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 3:07 PM Wil Birkmaier via vcf-midatlantic <
    >>> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
    >>>> Laserdisc has a few different formats: all analogue, analogue video
    >> with
    >>>> mono analogue audio and digital audio, or analogue video with all
    >> digital
    >>>> audio.
    >>>> They key to a good capture these days is to get the best composite
    >> video
    >>>> converter you can find as the video is stored like a vinyl record, as
    >> an
    >>>> analogue composite video stream. So yes using the svideo on some of the
    >>>> newer players, the conversion of composite to svideo is still not the
    >>> best.
    >>>> I need to find a link to a decent converter to 720p I have been using
    >>> with
    >>>> vhs and am happy with.
    >>>> On Jun 20, 2021 14:45, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
    >>>> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
    >>>> Does anyone know if it is possible to transfer laserdisks to a modern
    >>>> digital format? There are 16 laserdisks recently donated that have C
    >>>> programming training from 1984, which was part of a UNIX and C
    >>>> training program. The reason for the transfer is that we don't know how
    >>>> rare these disks are nor how long laserdisk will last.
    >>>> There are 16 laserdisks as well as supplemental floppy disks and some
    >>>> paper
    >>>> manuals.
    >>>> =========================================
    >>>> Jeff Brace
    >>>> Vice President & Board Member
    >>>> Vintage Computer Festival East Show-runner
    >>>> Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity
    >>>> http://www.vcfed.org/
    >>>> jeffrey at vcfed.org

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