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[#] Wed Jan 08 2003 05:26:25 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I've been using the KDS Visual Sensations without issue. I don't recall spending over $300 on it.

[#] Wed Jan 08 2003 09:39:01 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The coaxial inputs are as follows: R = Red video, G/Sync = Green video and composite sync, B = Blue, H/HV = Horizontal or Horizontal/Vertical sync, V = Vertical sync.

Which means your monitor can handle three different kinds of sync: composite sync (in this case, wrapped around the Green video signal), combined horizontal/vertical drive, or separate horizontal and vertical drive signals.

On the DB15HD connector (i.e. the "VGA" connector) the standard is to use separate horizontal and vertical drive signals. VESA standards also specify that you can drop those signals when you want to put the monitor into power saving mode.

[#] Tue Feb 04 2003 15:57:30 EST from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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Nice-looking HD consumer camcorder to be released next week or so:

[#] Thu Mar 27 2003 19:22:13 EST from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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Quantel's Digital Fact Book is downloadable as a PDF at

I haven't read it yet, but my brother, who designs digital video editing
systems, says it's an excellent crash-course in everything relating to
digital video.

[#] Mon Jun 16 2003 18:59:10 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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For any interested video nerds, Sony will send you a free "Everything you
ever wanted to know about HDCAM" DVD. This is cool because HDCAM is getting
pretty cheap and will probably replace MiniDV as the indie filmmaking medium
pretty soon (and be available to consumers at reasonable prices shortly

You can also check out DVCAM news & stuff at

[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 16:49:57 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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i have an a/v type question. well, mostly v not a...

suppose i purchased a region 0 pal dvd. (this is something i'm probably going to do, but haven't done yet.) i have 2 ntsc dvd players at home, and a ps2, so i'm not really looking to get another dvd player. we have access to 3 laptops with dvd players (i think all have s-video out), so i figure it would be best to use one of the laptops as a dvd player.

right now they all have win2k, and 2 of them have intervideo windvd v3.2 (?); i think the 3rd also has windvd but it might be an older version, whatever was current in the fall of 2001.

i notice that some software players can handle pal, some can't. i also noticed that some speed it up to correct it (which from what i understand, is not a feature i'm looking for as the source in this case was not originally ntsc). so i have a few questions:

1. how do i know if my software can handle pal - nothing in the software itself/its help files has this information. i know that more recent versions of windvd can handle pal, but i don't know about the version *i* have.

2. will plugging the s-video output in to my tv result in an reasonable picture quality? i know that for audio -> stereo system i have to run the laptop off of its battery; i except the same for video output.

3. anything i should be asking that i'm not?

[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 18:07:35 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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I dunno, but my brother's coming over shortly and I'll ask him. He does this
stuff for a living.

[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 19:30:49 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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Bro says:

You should be able to play the DVD on your laptop, no problem. Getting video
out of it may prove trickier.

SVHS output from your laptop is almost guaranteed to suck. AFAIK the SVHS
outputs in laptops works like a scan converter, and even the really "nice"
$3k+ ones are awful.

Software PAL -> NTSC conversion generally looks pretty bad because of time
domain problems, even if your program will do it. (NTSC -> PAL is easier
because you can just drop frames.)

In short, you're kinda screwed if you want to watch it in decent quality on
anything other than your computer screen.

[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 19:40:22 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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i just bid $0.01 on a dvd player with built-in pal->ntsc conversion. it would seem that your brother and the guy i sit next to (who's into this kind of stuff) are in agreement about getting a decent video signal out...

[#] Fri Jun 27 2003 23:02:43 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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That sucks. :( Good luck with your bid, though. :) These days there really
isn't an excuse for DVD players not to be able to handle both.

[#] Mon Jun 30 2003 20:33:12 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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sadly the $0.01 thing didn't make it. i'll just keep eyeing the auctions...

we're begining to rationalize the purchase, but in the for christmas sense of rationalization. i figure since it seems easy enough to get one for $80 including shipping now, by december it should be cheaper (hopefully).

[#] Thu Jul 03 2003 13:23:42 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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nadia, my brother sent me this nifty link for a region-free DVD/media player
app for MacOS X, Windoze, Linux, and BeOS. It won't help you get video out
of your machine, but at least you'll definitely be able to play it on your

[#] Thu Jul 03 2003 19:05:34 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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cool, thanks!

[#] Tue Jul 08 2003 10:52:37 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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I just installed that DVD & media player I posted a few days ago and it
turns out that it plays Windoze Media files as well; an excellet choice for
anyone who refuses to install the Windoze Media Player itself.

Binaries for Windoze, MacOS X, Linux, and BeOS. Compiles on *BSD, Solaris,
QNX. Open source.

[#] Tue Jul 08 2003 15:54:51 EDT from alex snow @ Uncensored

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Yeah and it's in the extras dir on your favorite slackware mirror.

[#] Tue Jul 08 2003 16:45:26 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Looks like it needs a lot of extra packages that I don't have on my system, but I might go through the effort of trying it out.

[#] Tue Jul 08 2003 17:35:48 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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Sometimes there is something to be said for static linking.

[#] Tue Jul 08 2003 23:40:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Interesting. How does it compare to Xine and Mplayer?

[#] Wed Jul 09 2003 03:34:40 EDT from Mr.T @ Uncensored

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As I haven't used either, I have no idea, but it is very nice. :)

[#] Wed Jul 09 2003 08:06:49 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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I've been using Mplayer with no problems or complaints...haven't tried Xine, yet.

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