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Forum: Video Hardware Repair 08-29-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 419
Posted By LightWorker01
I find Hi8 decks to be so temperamental at the...

I find Hi8 decks to be so temperamental at the best of times. I never had the same reliability issues with VHS machines. I am wondering if it is because the 8mm format packed information much tighter...
Forum: Blank Media 08-29-2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Posted By LightWorker01
You see, I personally think a disk like M-Disc...

You see, I personally think a disk like M-Disc would last longer than stated here if their claims are true about the recording layer as there seems to be no separate reflective layer either. I am...
Forum: Blank Media 08-29-2019, 05:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Posted By LightWorker01
In your situation, just make backups! Sadly in...

In your situation, just make backups! Sadly in your area of the world, those storage conditions will be the best you got.

I would suggest if the data really is that important to you:

1. Optical...
Forum: Blank Media 08-29-2019, 05:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 67
Posted By LightWorker01
MCC 03RG20 - Poundland Discs

I bought a few disks from poundland for some non-critical applications and I ran a scandisc and found it was MCC media (evidently been branded). I was surprised due to the stupidly low price-point.
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Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
Posted By LightWorker01
The bar at the very bottom bottom (if not moving)...

The bar at the very bottom bottom (if not moving) is the overscan head-switching noise. This was often masked by CRTs. It was always there, you just never saw it.

My HDTV does not crop out the...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 07-30-2019, 04:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 452
Posted By LightWorker01
Probably for the best. I say that because the...

Probably for the best. I say that because the heads are slightly raised as little bumps from the rotating cylinder.

If that raised bump caught on that damaged section in the wrong way, it risks...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 07-29-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 452
Posted By LightWorker01
I would say that really really super damaged bit...

I would say that really really super damaged bit in the final photo should be cut, I would be worried about head damage from that piece. It is not recoverable in any case.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 07-29-2019, 06:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 452
Posted By LightWorker01
Wow that is some severe damage. It is likely the...

Wow that is some severe damage. It is likely the last section is gone beyond recovery. I am wondering how it got so damaged! I hope you recorded this in SP mode, but there will still be some visual...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 07-29-2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 452
Posted By LightWorker01
A good point barry. A full-size quality shell is...

A good point barry. A full-size quality shell is probably a better option in cases like this.
Forum: Marketplace 07-29-2019, 06:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 243
Posted By LightWorker01
I am from PAL land (UK), if you need any help...

I am from PAL land (UK), if you need any help sourcing one, let me know.

But define 'decent' and also what models you are looking for!

The shipping cost is likely what is going to trip you up....
Forum: Blank Media 07-29-2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,327
Posted By LightWorker01
I would say quality disks on different media...

I would say quality disks on different media would be your best defence, as well as backups on other types of media. I would say go for 3 Types: (MCC/Verbatim / TY / M-Disc), and keep a copy on HDD...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 07-29-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 452
Posted By LightWorker01
What type of damage does the tape have? Is it...

What type of damage does the tape have? Is it crinkling or simply damage to the shell? A damaged shell can make them jump around like a yo-yo and can damage the tape further. I would stop trying to...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 07-28-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,363
Posted By LightWorker01
I will agree with lordsmurfs and other posts...

I will agree with lordsmurfs and other posts regarding this. For S-Video, expensive cables are a waste of money. I find the same with things like HDMI cables. I wouldn't buy the cheapest 99p cables...
Forum: Blank Media 07-27-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 81
Posted By LightWorker01
Sony VHS tapes - Curious as to their worth

I have spent quite a bit of time reading through this forum, and I noticed that Sony tapes have not been advised to use, even lordsmurf wrote this in a post a while back and I trust his opinion.
...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 07-27-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,075
Posted By LightWorker01
For moldy tapes, I simply sterilised the pancakes...

For moldy tapes, I simply sterilised the pancakes in UV light to kill the mold, and then cleaned the pancakes and cleaned the tape as well.

This has given me success.

My pockets are not deep...
Forum: Blank Media 07-23-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By LightWorker01
To the one who mentioned SSDs, no way on this god...

To the one who mentioned SSDs, no way on this god forsaken earth would I trust them for archival use.

They work by trapping electrons in the cells or forcing them out during writes. It seems to me...
Forum: Blank Media 07-23-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,327
Posted By LightWorker01
I would suggest those sealable freezer bags. ...

I would suggest those sealable freezer bags.

And to be fair, it depends. I would say rather than being too concerned, I would keep them in the freezer bags, but save multiple copies on multiple...
Forum: Blank Media 07-22-2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,327
Posted By LightWorker01
I just use those sealeable freezer bags for both...

I just use those sealeable freezer bags for both my tape and disc mediums and renew them when they are taken out for viewing.

Personally I wouldn't obsess over it. Just take the precautions you...
Forum: Videography: Cameras, TVs and Players 07-20-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 189
Posted By LightWorker01
It seemed after much digging I found a solution...

It seemed after much digging I found a solution to this problem. It turns out this deck is a true dual system deck, and can record in both PAL AND NTSC and can output both. But you have to go into...
Forum: Videography: Cameras, TVs and Players 07-20-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 189
Posted By LightWorker01
Problem with NTSC tapes on PAL Panasonic DMZ-EZ47V over HDMI

This may seem an odd problem but one I have been stumped with.

I have a few VCR machines and up until recently did not use NTSC tapes.

I acquired a really nice VHS-C camcorder for free which...
Forum: Videography: Cameras, TVs and Players 07-04-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 172
Posted By LightWorker01
Bush PAL TV-DVD-VCR combo with 6-head HiFi stereo, rare?

So I came across this TV and when I got it, it was practically unused. So unused that the pinch roller didn't even have a pressure mark from tape use, and the 'auto head cleaning' pad had not a...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 06-30-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By LightWorker01
There were no 'Hi8 to VHS' cassette adaptors....

There were no 'Hi8 to VHS' cassette adaptors. VHS-C camcorder tapes and VHS adaptors existed as the signals and tape width were identical. I still use those today to view and copy my VHS-C tapes that...
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 06-30-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,855
Posted By LightWorker01
I am using a lamp similar to this but without the...

I am using a lamp similar to this but without the cover, on the UVC wavelength:...
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 06-28-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,855
Posted By LightWorker01
What I advise with moldy tapes and you try this...

What I advise with moldy tapes and you try this AT YOUR OWN RISK due to most molds being benign, but some can be deadly (I had 2 moldy tapes to deal with in my past) was as follows:

Use a mask....
Forum: General Discussion 06-21-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 370
Posted By LightWorker01
Some good comments :) S-VHS is awesome and it is...

Some good comments :) S-VHS is awesome and it is night/day difference. I did however stick to Normal VHS for now, though I have looked to do some more S-VHS. My main concern is that there are way...
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