[vcf-midatlantic] Laserdisk transfer to digital?

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Sat Jun 26 20:34:03 UTC 2021

On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 11:21 AM Matt Patoray <mspproductions at gmail.com>

> Jeff,
> Are you able to post pictures of any of the discs including the label
> area.

OK. Sorry for the delay Matt. I have some pictures of the disc posted here:
Please let me know what you think.

> Laserdiscs came in a couple of different formats each with their own
> nuances.
> There is your bog standard commercially duplicated LD that is produced
> pretty much like a CD. There are several companies that did this with
> varying degrees of success, Kunaray and Mitsubishi chemical being the best
> and Digital Audio Disc Corp (DADC) being the worst.
> Then there is the Record once read many laserdisc, which used a dye based
> disc to record single or short run discs.
> Laserdisc is a component format which was mastered from 1” C or 1” B until
> the advent of of the digital videotape recorder then D1 and later D2 became
> the mastering format for laserdisc.
> As for what video format they should be captured in, I always recommend 10
> bit YUV uncompressed with 24/48 PCM uncompressed audio.
> For digitizing they video nothing is better than a “broadcast quality”
> transcoder/TBC, running composite out of the player is the best option
> since LaserDisc is a composite video format and any conversion to S-Video
> would be late 80’s-early 90’s consumer grade.
> That transcoding will give you standard SDI 10 bit digital component
> video, which you can then capture with many different devices.
> As for players, the Pioneer LD-S-2 is probably the best ever made. It’s a
> laserdisc only model with a laser optimized for LaserDisc reading, just
> like the older players with Helium Neon lasers.
> Just my $0.02 and yes I can do the transfers if needed.
> Matt
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jun 20, 2021, at 2:46 PM, 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
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> > jeffrey at vcfed.org

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