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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Megamixer » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:05 pm

Came across a massive collection of old F1 races saved on VHS tapes from the 90's/early 2000's. Ended up watching the Silverstone race from 2000 and getting really into it as I'd obviously forgotten what happened :lol:
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Fred83 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:35 pm

JetSetWilly wrote:Mine was Star Wars I think. What a great way to start watching VHS :D
agree,i remember them too,whilst i was looking back on vhs releases i came across this little retroinspection on tape releases,enjoy :)

http://www.starwars.com/hyperspace/memb ... index.html

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by retromax » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:38 pm

Mine was I spit on your grave, my Dad had just made himself a member of the only video shop in town (a portacabin!!!) and this was the first tape he rented and was watching it when I came in from school.
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by SJ_Sathanas » Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:53 pm

Megamixer wrote:Came across a massive collection of old F1 races saved on VHS tapes from the 90's/early 2000's. Ended up watching the Silverstone race from 2000 and getting really into it as I'd obviously forgotten what happened :lol:
I have the 94-99 seasons BTCC videos but had to leave them at my parents before I had time to transfer them over to disc.

I also have the odd anime that never seemed to have recieved a dvd release, including Genocyber and Wings of Honneamise.
I oftne wondered if I could find the old Cyber Punk Collection box set.

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Fred83 » Sun May 01, 2011 12:45 pm

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Sir Hilary Bray » Mon May 02, 2011 11:00 am

Excellent stuff!


That's another good thing about having loads of VHS tapes knocking about, you always find old adverts on them.

I've got Indiana Jones and Die Hard taped somewhere, and it has the Mario 3 Advert on it "Mario! Mario!" not to mention anything
from ITV always had the "Diet Coke Break" before every add, as they were the sponsors of films on ITV.


Watching James Bond on DVD isn't the same without this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3xwUb0u ... re=related

Watching Star Wars on DVD isn't the same without this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKs3I81EOBA

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:47 am

For some reason, I'm really getting into VHS stuff again - there's so much out there that you can't get on DVD.

Been picking up those cheaply made cartoon videos wherever I can find them, the ones with badly drawn cover art and filled with unedited, un-PC public domain cartoons. Some really weird ones out there, wish all mine hadn't been thrown away when I was younger.
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Liamh1982 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:12 am

I found some in the shed the other day, most didn't have labels but one I tried was from 1984! Loads of ads on it as well.
Shame my DVD recorder broke, otherwise I would have uploaded them to YouTube...

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:00 pm

Isn't there some sort of special wire available for plugging a VHS into a computer? There must be, they have wires for everything these days!
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Katzkatz » Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:12 pm

TwoHeadedBoy wrote:Isn't there some sort of special wire available for plugging a VHS into a computer? There must be, they have wires for everything these days!
Ahhhh, you mean a video capture device. You can get them as either an external device(Firewire or USB 2) or an internal card(PCI card or nowadays PCI Express). The trouble is it that VHS tapes tend not to be very high quality and might be damaged(i.e. the picture keeps jumping about). To clean this up you can get a Timebase Corrector(it cleans the picture up a lot). Old Super VHS machine sometimes had them built-in. You can probably get an old one off Ebay. I think there is a video capture USB 2 device with Timebase Correction built-in.

You then can use Windows Moviemaker or IMovie(on the Mac) to capture it. There are many other programs out there. You might have to spend some money, plus decide on what video format you want to convert it to.

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Liamh1982 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:27 pm

Another thing to add to the list then...

Actually the quality of that '84 tape wasn't too bad, I've got stuff I only recorded a few years ago in a far worse state than that...

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Megamixer » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:59 pm

I found a load of old Arnie VHS tapes (Commando, Running Man, True Lies, Raw Deal etc.) plus Rambo tapes in those giant VHS cases from the 80's. Obviously not worth anything and I don't really want to keep them but it seems like a shame to just bin them! I don't even have a tape player anymore but there's something lovingly retro about huge, useless tapes.

The covers on tapes were a lot cooler than they are now for DVD's in my opinion.
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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by retromax » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:01 pm

Sir Hilary Bray wrote:Excellent stuff!


That's another good thing about having loads of VHS tapes knocking about, you always find old adverts on them.

I've got Indiana Jones and Die Hard taped somewhere, and it has the Mario 3 Advert on it "Mario! Mario!" not to mention anything
from ITV always had the "Diet Coke Break" before every add, as they were the sponsors of films on ITV.


Watching James Bond on DVD isn't the same without this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3xwUb0u ... re=related

Watching Star Wars on DVD isn't the same without this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKs3I81EOBA
And watching the Ghostbusters Bluray I bought today just isn't the same without this:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdbCkxzIhOk
Hi I'm Retromax you may remember me from such songs as "Hantarex Two Five Zero" and "Hantarex Two Five Zero" the remix:)

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by JazzFunk » Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:32 am

^Watching that reminded me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCvXb8cuUds

Sometimes I miss that corny, nanny state vibe that permeated the mid-80s-mid-90s. :lol:

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Re: VHS tapes!

Post by Sir Hilary Bray » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:50 pm

retromax wrote:
Sir Hilary Bray wrote:Excellent stuff!


That's another good thing about having loads of VHS tapes knocking about, you always find old adverts on them.

I've got Indiana Jones and Die Hard taped somewhere, and it has the Mario 3 Advert on it "Mario! Mario!" not to mention anything
from ITV always had the "Diet Coke Break" before every add, as they were the sponsors of films on ITV.


Watching James Bond on DVD isn't the same without this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3xwUb0u ... re=related

Watching Star Wars on DVD isn't the same without this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKs3I81EOBA
And watching the Ghostbusters Bluray I bought today just isn't the same without this:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdbCkxzIhOk


Excellent! My Ghostbusters video was weird, it had both films on, but between each film, there was (what felt like) a 20 minute
promo for a Batman VHS, it was a TV series, but not the camp 60's one, this looked more like something from the late 40's.


I don't know about anyone else, but I miss those days when you were of school sick, and you could just watch
videos over and over.


I was so lucky as a kid, my mum would sometimes work in the local video shop, and some days during the summer
holidays, I would go in with her, then get the whole of the stock room to myself (my viewing room), that means I could help myself to any video I want (it was a big video rental shop),
sometimes I'd just sit in the backroom watching stuff, or browsing to see what videos I wanted to take home that night, I'd sometimes use the
photocopies to copy the front and back covers of the videos.

This is how I got into James Bond, used to watch them at the shop, though I remember always keeping away from On Her Majest'ys Secret Service', as I
was told it wasn't a proper James Bond film :oops:

Anyway, this video shop (located in Radstock, just outside of Bath) is now a sodding funeral directors :(

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