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Recording from Laserdisc

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Bassbin, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. Bassbin

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    As a big Laserdisc fan I've got around 300 discs now but I'm aware that some of the discs and the player won't last forever. Has anyone made back copies of LDs using a standard domestic DVD recorder. I'd be looking at buying one recording the discs I want then selling the recorder on so I'd be looking at the budget end of the market. Just wondered what result I should expect and if anyone's already had a go.
     
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    I've done loads of Laserdisc recordings onto DVD-R's on the Panny HS2. It really is as simple as linking the two up via scart or whatever, and off you go. No worries with macrovision or other copy protection systems - there simply aren't any on LD's. I wouldn't put more than around 2:15 on DVD-R using flexible recording mode, if you want to preserve the quality of your LD's. You should do it sooner than later though, I have many LD's with the dreaded "disc rot", with loads of material not commercialy available on DVD.
     
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    Thanks for the tips sounds like the sort of thing I want to do. If I use DVD-Rs should they be ok to play on most normal DVD players?
     
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    Yes.

    I've recorded my few remaining LDs onto DVD-R, they play fine on my PS2.
     
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    Hi,

    What about the audio quality of recordings ?

    I'd also like to record my laserdiscs. I haven't, because you can't record the AC-3 audio track on current dvd recorders and the only machine that will record the pcm (cd quality) audio from the LD is the top end Panasonic machine.

    Brian
     
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    How about NTSC discs?
     
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    Hi,

    Good question about ntsc discs. I though I'd read something about recording from an ntsc source as being OK but I don't know if that's actually true for all available recorders.

    Brian
     
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    I used my HS2 to record NTSC discs, as with PAL discs there was no discernable drop in quality. I used the (2-ch) DD audio method.
     
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    Will ntsc laserdiscs copy direct onto the e50, I have loads if so.
     
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    I can't see why not. I've no idea whether one can pause a time-specific FR recording whilst it takes place though, simply because I've never tried it.
     
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    Thanks for all the useful pointers. Although I may not get round to this for a month or two my plan is to buy a Panasonic DMR-E50 for around £230-£250 and then make back ups of about 100 LDS that I can't/won't get on DVD. I'll feed it with the S-video and analogue LR audio from my Pioneer 925. After that I'll then sell the recorder with most of its waranty for around £200.

    Anyone suggest which brand of DVD-Rs I should use and where to buy from? Want the best quality that will last as long as possible and of course at a good price.
     
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    There are several threads on media, but I use Panasonic, TDK and Sony. No coasters (100+ burns) to date.
     
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    using ritek, they are ok at the moment, just tried ntsc disc it worked when I changed tv system on setup menu to ntsc, plays back on al my dvd players inc ps2. I can now backup!! all my laserdisc collection.
     
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    You cannot feed NTSC directly into the HS2 without changing the 'tv system' over.You need to change it back again for PAL recording.In PAL mode,NTSC dvd's are actually output in PAL 60,not pure NTSC.
     
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    I too want to record NTSC laserdiscs so I'm interested in what brands of DVD recorders can do this. Seems Panasonic and Pioneer can, while Sony can't (only PAL and NICAM, I think I saw somewhere). How about the rest? And is there any model that records *from* PAL-60?
     
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    I do not know of any equipment that records PAL 60.However your LD player should be switchable over to pure NTSC that can be copied onto Panasonic,Pioneer and Philips recorders at least.There seems to be a problem with Toshiba models,in that the picyure is moved up the screen on letterbox images,and although no picture is lost,the top and bottom borders are combined.
     

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