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What's The Oldest Off Air Recording You Have on Video?

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by Kevo, Mar 21, 2005.

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  1. Kevo

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    As we got a VCR (rented back then !) right in the middle of the 'Video Boom' of 1982 all I have left from this era is a few clips from TOTP and The Tube and the 'Hot Gossip Show' which was show on C4 and being a zitty adolescent at the time watched it quite often :blush: But no freeze frame or slow mo on the Old Fergusson Video Star 'piano keys' VCR back then :mad:

    Anbody got any real old gems still on video tape (recorded off TV)?

    Maybe something from the 70s, possibly in one of the early formats? (if you were well off enough to own one!)
     
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    My mum came out with a funny comment about VCRs at the weekend.

    She said when they first came out they would have cost her a whole months wages to buy one, but now they would only cost her an hours wages (for a dirt cheap one mind!).

    I think the oldest off air recording I have is maybe Live Aid.
     
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    I have the Life on Earth series from early 1980s (1982 or 3)
     
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    I've still got all 'The Young Ones' episodes on VHS...
     
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    I'm with Greg on this - the oldest recording I bothered to keep was Live Aid.
     
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    Got the first 2 series of 'Not the 9 O'clock news' from 79/80
     
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    loads.

    I bought a JVC 3300 in 1978 with a small windfall.

    I still have things like Rock goes to college with AC/DC and loads of bits on old JVC E180's in black boxes that cost 15 quid each.

    A lot from then I have since reused but I've still a load that once in a while I dig out and strangely enough I end up watching the adds and the old TV logos. I still have some from 92 when I first got Sky with the old Sky Movies, The Movie Channel and a third which if I remember was The Comedy Channel trailers.

    I gave the 3300HK to my parents when I changed it for the enormous 7700 EK to record the 1982 world cup on, unfortunately that just never worked properely and I ditched it about a year later as it was impossible to repair.
     
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    Most of the 1981 Formula 1 Grand Prix - on Beta. I'd rented a Philips V2000 before that but it was a complete disaster, I got through about 12 in a years rental. Threw away all the tapes, I ws never going to go near one of those again. When that went back I bought a Sony C9. Terrific machine - it still works well.
     
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    C9 - bit basic isn't it?

    No Insert Edit, HiFi Sound or Uprated picture.

    Seriously though - good machine in its day - just got a fragile loading mechanism.

    As to my gentle mickey take - see my kit list below and note the 950
     
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    True True. But what a basic picture. I reckon it's as good as the half dozen or so S-VHS videos I have had since then.
    I'd also argue that 24 years use- with only one repair (a girlfriend stuck a tape in back to front!) is pretty good.

    Same b*** woman committed another heinous crime. A bunch of us had driven down to Monaco for the weekend to see the Grand Prix and I'd set the C9 to record it. When I got back I found she'd recorded an episode of Butterflies over the top of it. She said that as we'd been she didn't think we'd want to see it.
    I told her that if I'd wrung her neck no all male jury would have convicted me.

    But for her one of my oldest recordings would have been the 1981 Monaco Grand Prix. I didn't keep the episode of Butterflies.
     
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    My oldest recordings are also both series of Young Ones.
    Yes we've got a video :D
     
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    I have a Beta recording of Star Wars (refuse to refer to it as NewHope) from what I guess would have been the first time it was shown on ITV

    god knows where it is though
     
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    I have been transfering to DVD 1980s pre recorded Beta tapes and most of them play back fine - using either my SLF1UB or my VTC-M40

    I also have ONE pre recorded SuperBeta tape - I'll use the 950 for that :clap:

    A friend owned a C9 it was unreliable to him - loading rings!
     
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    I've got an early 80's recording of Superman, which I'm fond of. It's got the Nic-o-teen ad, and a great ad for a videorecorder with "advanced features" like Pause and Picture Search. Close-up on an owl, which somehow signifies technology, then the gravelly voice-over: "But the most amazing thing is the price. Just £299.99"

    Also got a recording of the original Star Wars but I wish they'd release it on DVD. You can't erase all evidence of a classic movie, it's not right! I want the storm trooper to hit his head, dammit! And Hans shoots first! Jabba isn't CGI! Arrgghh!
     
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    I transfered a 1982 tape today

    First VCR with picture search, colour PS, infra red remote, logic control, multi event timer, and auto cassette change was the Sony SLC7 - AND IT WAS CHEAPER THAN MOST VHS RUBBISH!


    A lot of later VCRs had B&W PS - eg Sanyo VTC5000
     
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    I'd visit http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/ if I were you....
     

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