VHS

A few days ago, Mom and I splurged on a DVD recorder! Yes, that’s right. We went to Best Buy and bought a Toshiba DR430 DVD recorder for $128. The sole purpose of this, at least for now, is to convert all of our old VHS tapes to something more modern. Like DVD! If you have a DVD, you can easily convert it to pretty much anything else that’s modern.

The first thing that came to mind, which really brought this idea into a serious light was my recent activity on Lego animation, all of which I’ve been posting on Youtube. Of course, I actually started animating back in 1999 or a little before, from what I’ve seen with all of the conversions I’ve been making this weekend. This includes working with media such as Lego, clay and Andrea’s stuffed animals.

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Can new technology go too far?

The first time the Star Trek people remastered all their videos on DVD, they simply did a straight conversion with maybe a little cleanup. However, with all this new Blu-ray stuff, they’ve remastered it AGAIN and have gone so far as to “digitize” the video, replacing the model Enterprise hanging on strings in the studio with a poorly done 3D render. Well, I was watching the ad on some of our videos and it says that you can watch the videos with that 3D render instead of the original model if you so choosed. But I think this is just a cheap way of advertising Blu-ray. In fact, I think Blu-ray is way too over-advertised anyway. How much can we remaster old videos to make them better and better?

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