Starting a collection of obsolete viewing material

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  1. Tyler T

    Tyler T Stunt Coordinator

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    OK, I am not sticking to VHS on this, but I want the original formats to watch home video. Here are the ones I am intrested in:
    CED
    MCA Discovision
    Laserdisc
    Any other obsolete format I should check out? Plus where do I get those players and discs?
    Thanks!
     
  2. MatthewA

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    Betamax.
     
  3. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    Do the lousy video-adventures on the Sega-CD videogame system count? I'm talking about the games like Night Trap starring Dana Plato (R.I.P.) and Double Switch with Blondie's Debbie Harry. Warner and Sega collaborated on a music disc for Sega-CD called "The Colors of Modern Rock" featuring this video technology. The most fun was with the shoot-em-up called "Sewer Shark", though. Anyone else remember these? [​IMG] (I own the last two!)
     
  4. Anthony Hom

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    The Phillips I-TV is also an obsolete format that might be interesting.
     
  5. Shad R

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    Add the 3D0, the videogame/cd player...or the Atari 16 bit Jaguar
     
  6. alan halvorson

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    MCA Discovision is a laserdisc.
     
  7. rutger_s

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    There are the Video CDs released by Philips when Philips started marketing the CD-I digital video cartridge.

    In fact, these Video CDs were the first ones ever in any market. The early ones had some bad video but the later ones(Ghost, Forrest Gump) had some good video quality. Dr. No even came with a very nice informative booklet.

    Only problem was that Philips used pan & scan/open-matte transfers for these Video CDs.
     
  8. David Lambert

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    rutger-s: Actually, I'm surprised I didn't bring up the CD-I units, and thought of the Sega-CD first! ESPECIALLY because of the film titles released for it!! There were quite a few, I'll point out.
    And, while we're at it, do we consider modern VCD's to be "obsolete" yet? [​IMG]
    Shad: I didn't mean to get into lists of videogame systems that, like the Sega-CD, used video technology for gameplay. BUT, if we're gonna go there, we might as well list all the multimedia game systems and their USA years of launch (I'm a museum of videogame systems, owning 30 myself!):
    1990
    * NEC TurboGrafx CD
    1991
    * Commodore CDTV (Amiga-based videogame console)
    1992
    * Phillips CD-i
    * Magnavox CD-i
    * Sega-CD
    * Tandy VIS (Radio Shack's entry into multimedia)
    * NEC Turbo Duo (integrated TurboGrafx & Turbo CD)
    1993
    * JVC X'Eye (integrated clone of Genesis & Sega-CD)
    * Panasonic 3D0 FZ-1 R.E.A.L.
    * Pioneer LaserActive
    * Sega CDX (Sega's integrated Genesis & Sega-CD)
    1994
    * Atari Jaguar CD
    * Goldstar 3D0
    * Sega 32X (upgrade able to integrate with Sega-CD)
    * Sega-CD II (exact same device in new design layout)
    * SNK Neo-Geo CD
    1995
    * Panasonic 3D0 FZ-10
    * Sega Saturn
    * Sony PlayStation
    1996
    * SNK Neo-Geo CDZ
    1997
    * Standard DVD Consoles hit the market
    1998
    * Sony PlayStation v2 (same design but w/dual-shock controls; NOT "PS2")
    1999
    * Sega DreamCast
    2000
    * Nuon-Enhanced DVD Consoles
    * Sony PlayStation 2 (“PS2”; built-in DVD playback)
    2001
    * Nintendo GameCube
    * Microsoft X-Box (add-in DVD playback)
    11 years of multimedia gaming in the home? Wow. And that was 7 years after Dragon's Lair hit the coin-ops!
    By-the-way, that list is not from a website somewhere; it is from my own personal notes and research. Cheers,
     
  9. Jay E

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    Tyler

    I have over 400 laserdiscs that I'm looking to kick out of my house. If you're interested, send me an e-mail.
     
  10. Mike Friedrich

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    Tyler, there's a thread somewhere with someone wanting to off load some CED's , don't know where but you might want to do a CED in thread title search ?
    bodymov'n [​IMG]
     
  11. Michael St. Clair

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    No format is obsolete if it has material that you cannot replace on newer formats.
     
  12. MikeSerrano

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    3/4" Umatic. It never really made it as a consumer format but it thrived as a video production format for a while. I've only ever seen 1 prerecorded tape, so I don't know how much there would be to collect other than the equipment.

    -Mike
     
  13. Raymond Johnson

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    Are CED's basically movies on records?
    I see them on ebay all the time & do remmeber hearing something about it or another format on a radio show. The guest talked about various products that didn't exist very long(& has a book on it), including a RCA videodisc format trying to out do laserdisc. They where made out of the same stuff as records + looked like them as well.
     
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    How about helical scan, half-inch, open-reel video tape? As I understand it, it's a forerunner to VHS, just without the cassette shell. I found a blank reel in the basment of a place where I used to work .

    Also, at another job, I happened to find a CRV disc. This a is an anolog, component (YUV) optical "re-writeable" 12-inch video laserdisc housed in a plastic sleeve. It has a metal sheath that slides aside to reveal the inner disc. It looks just like 12-inch version of a computer floppy disc.

    -Christian
     
  15. Jesse Skeen

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    There's also VHD (Video High Density), a third videodisc system that came out only in Japan- it was supposed to come out in the US but didn't since laserdisc and CED were already having less than stellar sales. It looks like a 10-inch version of CED (the disc is in a plastic caddy) but it supposedly worked much better.

    Cartrivision came out in 1972; it was a home videotape format that supposedly only recorded and played every other field. I have a few prerecorded tapes including some rental-only tapes that are designed to not rewind in a consumer player; haven't had any luck finding a machine to play these on though.

    There were a number of other videodisc systems developed in the 70's; one of the early ideas for laserdiscs was to have the laser focus on the second side without turning over, the way dual-layer DVDs work now.
     
  16. David Lambert

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    Hey! Nobody has said DIVX yet! [​IMG]
     
  17. Juan C Toro

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    Obsolete viewing material... Do the slides of my family vacations count? [​IMG]
    JC
     
  18. Jesse Skeen

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    Yes, I have 15 DIVX discs and a few brocures and ads saved in rememberance...
     
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