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E-bay mania [Aug. 13th, 2003|09:20 pm]
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I would make Weird Al proud. I just won an e-bay auction for a laserdisc of a Great Performances special from the 1980s.

I have no way of playing a laserdisc. I will need to beg, borrow, rentVHS or [cough] purchase a laserdisc player in order to enjoy this particular performance.

Why, you ask? Well, this is Spike Lee's "Do It A Cappella," a brilliant tour de force of my very favorite music, performed by some of my favorite groups, and I have been looking for it for years. I was screwed out of a VHS version of it a year ago, and despite a fair amount of self-effacing begging could not persuade the winner to make me a tape of it. I have been regularly checking for either a rerelease of the original or another copy on VHS offered up on e-bay.

No luck. This brilliant performance was, for all intents and purposes, lost to those who adore a cappella music.

I let this auction expire once.

I didn't bid. Laserdisc is a dead technology, finding a way to move it to a more acceptable medium would be time-consuming....

But it was offered again. And only 18 minutes to go.


How could I resist?

Now I must look to my geeky friends, in the hopes that I will find someone who can loan me a laserdisc player, or record the disc onto VHS for me.

It's a strange little happiness, this. And with any luck, my time, trouble and effort will guarantee that it gets rereleased on DVD.

At which point I will buy it again. Because I'm like that.

[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2003-08-13 07:15 pm (UTC)


Let me talk to B. and see if he knows of any conversion methods or has any connections out there to get your laserdisc on a more readily viewable format.

See...anime fansubbers HAVE the technology to convert to VHS...and I know some do laserdisc stuff. Let me pool my fiends and I'll get back to you. :)


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[User Picture]From: zigurat
2003-08-14 06:59 am (UTC)
For God's sake, don't put it on a VHS tape. If you're going to take an analog output and record it anywhere, reroute it back into a computer and burn it on a DVD. Sure you'll get a quality hit, but that's better than moving it to VHS. You can get a better signal using a USB converter than a video card for the input--less noise. Those things I know--of course, I've never done them myself...

If you pay to have this done professionally, who knows, you might get a digital transfer, or at least a much higher quality transfer. But frankly, you can get pretty much a professional quality analog signal with a USB or firewire converter from what I've heard. This stuff is pretty common and cheap. And of course, any decent Mac could do it these days out of the box.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-14 07:08 am (UTC)
Okay, I now have a crush on you.


All kidding aside, I will see if I can find a local geek who has the equipment to do such a transfer. Locating the laserdisc player is still going to be the biggest challenge.
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[User Picture]From: zigurat
2003-08-14 09:52 am (UTC)

Good luck. I should take advantage of the fact that my parents have a good computer with TV tuner, analog video input, and DVD burner, but I never have. You can get a DVD burner for less than $200 now, so what's the point? Just about any relatively new (for the speed) computer will do.

But a Mac will do it with flair and grace. [g]
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[User Picture]From: songhawk
2003-08-15 08:42 am (UTC)
Does this performance by chance include a rendition of 'zombie jamboree'?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-15 10:00 am (UTC)
The best rendition ever. Sean altman was still with the group, and even without the addition of their percussionist, their sound was just tighter and more fun.

I had a very poor version of it taped from the TV, never got around to sending for the professional tape, and have been kicking myself ever since.
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