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2013-01-10 07:55:14 AM
I have 3.
 
2013-01-10 07:58:03 AM
I have two VHS, one S-VHS, and an LD player. I haven't used any of them in years, but I still have them.
 
2013-01-10 08:01:22 AM

degenerate-afro: I have two VHS, one S-VHS, and an LD player. I haven't used any of them in years, but I still have them.


Yeah. And I still use it.
 
2013-01-10 08:03:18 AM
I still have one. It's in a closet gathering dust, but I have it.
 
2013-01-10 08:06:26 AM
You'll get my Betamax when you pry it from my cold, dead hands, you bastards!
 
2013-01-10 08:07:38 AM
I use my VCR more than my poor DVD player that just gathers dust now. I'm happy I never put money into a blu-ray player that probably would have never gotten used. Streaming definitely wins in every category.
 
2013-01-10 08:07:54 AM
Yeah I had my VCRDVD combo up until just recently. Hooked up to the plasma and everything in case I wanted to watch the definitive version of star wars they released by mistake in the 90s
 
2013-01-10 08:12:56 AM
VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.
 
2013-01-10 08:20:55 AM
VCR/DVD combo here. Wifey was watching her old disney movies with daughter on vcr yesterday. so yeah. people still use them.
 
2013-01-10 08:26:31 AM
I got shelves of my favorite movies on VHS. When they wear out, I replace them with DVDs. Why should I get rid of my VHS player before the last tape bites the dust?
 
2013-01-10 08:27:47 AM
I do; I need it while I'm transferring all my video tapes to dvd.
 
2013-01-10 08:28:40 AM
There are an awful lot of poor people out there that can't afford Blu-ray players and streaming services and aren't just going to chuck their VHS collection while it still works.
 
2013-01-10 08:29:26 AM
All these VCR's simply prove that there are no poor people. Fox News told me so.
 
2013-01-10 08:31:02 AM
We stayed at a vacation property last year and they had a VCR and a few tapes in one of the bedrooms.  I felt like a damned archaeologist.
 
2013-01-10 08:33:11 AM
And yet 75% of them are blinking 12:00.
 
2013-01-10 08:36:15 AM
Wait - 55% of Americans still have are too lazy to throw out their VCRs?

FTFS
 
2013-01-10 08:37:52 AM
Well, VCRs haven't really been obsolete all that long, and as folks have noted above, they can still be useful depending on the circumstances. We still have some tapes of stuff that we don't have on DVD, including twelve hours of Ren and Stimpy and the series finale of Seinfeld. I'm not sure anyone's going to have a great desire to watch any of that again, but it's there and available.

And even among those who have abandoned the technology, I'm willing to bet there are folks who still have them just because they haven't gotten around to disconnecting them yet.
 
2013-01-10 08:38:14 AM
Ive got one in closet somewhere.. havent used it in years, though I still have about 50 or so VHS tapes
 
2013-01-10 08:41:24 AM
I've still got one, but only because Radio Shack refused to transfer all my 80s homemade porn to DVD.
 
2013-01-10 08:44:00 AM
119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.
 
2013-01-10 08:45:50 AM
Yep, have about 3 of them. One of them is used daily so my 3 year old can watch the old Disney VHS tapes we have from our childhood (as well as Babe).
 
2013-01-10 08:47:42 AM
VCRs aren't obsolete unless they're broken. Mine works perfectly fine. And considering I use it maybe once a year, it will last me a really long time. I have no use for a DVR.

Real time, or online. I have found there to be very little, if any, content worth "delayed" viewing.
 
2013-01-10 08:48:17 AM

whereisian: 119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.


We have two, one for the living room, one (old CRT) for the kids. I have a dual monitor setup for my PC and I use one of those for my XBOX 360 so I am not taking up a TV.
 
2013-01-10 08:56:52 AM
well, most americans are too busy polishing their gunracks with bible pages to learn to read so yeah, a house with a VCR still in it makes total sense.

"what dat we be watching?"
"Tim Krooz in some plane."
"that be some machines! where mah Jerry Springer tape be at?"

cue banjo music /inbreeding/gun violence

/isthathowit'sdone?
 
2013-01-10 08:58:58 AM
Plenty of people still have CRT/VCR combos.

I kept a VCR for years and years because I was damned if I was going to get rid of my imported copies of Hard Boiled, The Killer, Bullet in the Head, and other foreign movies that cost me over $30 each when I was in college in the late 90s.

I'm not as convinced as some that DVDs and Blu-Rays are going to suffer the same obsolescence and mass extinction that VHS tapes have. Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, cable on demand, etc are all accelerating the standard away from physical media, but even in ten years, it's not going to be all streaming and cloud-based.

cxjohn: I have found there to be very little, if any, content worth "delayed" viewing.


i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-01-10 09:00:12 AM
I still have and use a VCR for the same reason I still have and use the original NES system, to play old tapes (games).
 
2013-01-10 09:05:56 AM
I have roughly 13,000 VCRs, in a warehouse full of racks.  I'm tying them together into a chronosyncretic esthetonic ion relay network, which takes over 5000 miles of cable.  I'm still finishing up the power supply for this--it involves a surreptitious dam on a river whose name I'm afraid I can't mention--and my partner, Indiana Bill, has been working the ebay market for copies of tape 1 of season 3 of The Golden Girls.  It should be about three months or so when we can finally pop the last tape into the last VCR, turn the whole thing on, and then...

Singularity.

Put your affairs in order, is my advice.
 
2013-01-10 09:06:58 AM
I have two VHS, two SVHS, and a Betamax. One of each have no Macrovision circuits at all, hence why I keep them around. Its rare to find anything on tape that can't be purchased on DVD at least, if not Blu-Ray or digital download, but it does happen. Early episodes of MST3K spring to mind.

The others are mostly used as tuners for tunerless TVs or monitors, rather than anything else. That's mostly what VCRs are good for these days: tuners. Even that's starting to become less and less relevant as cable services push to all-digital and mandatory set-top boxes, not to mention the over-the-air digital changeover.

I almost picked up a newer VCR a while ago. NTSC, QAM and ATSC tuners, combo'd with a DVD Recorder and DivX/XviD playback. It was like finding a '69 Caddy that'd been converted to hybrid. I have no idea what market they were going after with that thing, but it was so damn strange I almost had to get me one. Price tag was just too high though.
 
2013-01-10 09:14:05 AM

nekom: We stayed at a vacation property last year and they had a VCR and a few tapes in one of the bedrooms.  I felt like a damned archaeologist.


Just don't watch the one weird tape with the spinning chair and the well.
 
2013-01-10 09:14:27 AM
This thread feels like:

i.imgur.com

"Hey look, another giant picture book of the Vietnam War."

"Whatever man, I just found the motherload: the entire Disney collection on VHS!"
 
2013-01-10 09:14:40 AM

Gunny Walker: VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.


I actually used to make KVCDs and CVDs specifically for people with kids. Structure the disc right and all you have to do is pop it in the DVD player and hit the play button. Best part is that cartoons and such encode rather well; you can't really spot the quality difference between DVD on a standard def TV.
 
2013-01-10 09:16:01 AM
still have mine that my parents got me when I moved out 13 years ago. still hooked up and still use it.
 
2013-01-10 09:16:16 AM

whereisian: 119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.


Most people had working TVs before HD flatscreens got cheap and someone got a wild hair up their ass on black friday two years in a row. CRTs aren't easy to get rid of, or they got passed on to kids.

I can't talk, god knows how many farking computers are technically in my house.
 
2013-01-10 09:20:19 AM

moothemagiccow: Yeah I had my VCRDVD combo up until just recently. Hooked up to the plasma and everything in case I wanted to watch the definitive version of star wars they released by mistake in the 90s


csb
The kids first experience with Star Wars about a year and a half ago was the VHS tapes I got in the early 90's. Was happy to see that it was the version where Han wastes an oblivious Greedo from under the table. Then the cat decided to use the shelf it was on as a litter box.
RIP VHS Star Wars.
RIP Osiris.
/csb
 
2013-01-10 09:21:39 AM
My dad bought a VCR in 83 or 84. It was a giant, heavy, metal beast and it had a remote with a cord. Eventually it was mine, and I kept that thing until it died around age 20 (and it had lived a pretty hard life, too). then got a new one. It was hard to find one that wasn't a VCR/DVD combo, but I did and I still have it.
 
2013-01-10 09:25:45 AM
I bought a compact little TV with a builtin DVD player maybe six or seven years ago for my office.  It's rarely ever gotten any use; I quickly found that, if I'm doing anything at all on the computer, I can't have a movie on, it's just irritating.  So it gathers dust.

The point is that this kind of technology--very small color TV with digital video playback built right in--came along about 20 years after VCR technology, and yet it's almost as obsolete.  Who wants to watch a movie on a cathode ray TV?
 
2013-01-10 09:27:59 AM
I've got boxes of poorly-labeled tapes. My plan was to digitize them in batches, quick-scan through them, clip the stuff of sentimental or historical interest, and discard the rest -- but the last working VCR died before I got started. Any advice on a good workhorse VCR player for a task like this, given that the store shelves are no longer full of them?

/recovering hoarder
//doesn't count if it all fits on one drive
///okay, a few drives
////plus backups
 
2013-01-10 09:28:02 AM
We still have a VCR/DVD combo my wife uses to convert her mom's home movies to DVD. (God there are a ton of those).

After that, it's probably smashy smashy time.
 
2013-01-10 09:28:17 AM

gund goat: nekom: We stayed at a vacation property last year and they had a VCR and a few tapes in one of the bedrooms.  I felt like a damned archaeologist.

Just don't watch the one weird tape with the spinning chair and the well.

www.imagehustler.com
 
2013-01-10 09:29:35 AM
THere's a VHS/DVD player sitting in a box in my basement somewhere. We still have it because my wife refuses to part with her childhood collection of Disney tapes that she doesn't watch.
 
2013-01-10 09:31:51 AM

whereisian: 119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.


Living room, family room, media room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, garage, basement, atrium, foyer, sitting room, drawing room, library, study...

/Yes, I do live at Downton Abbey.
 
2013-01-10 09:36:37 AM

cgraves67: THere's a VHS/DVD player sitting in a box in my basement somewhere. We still have it because my wife refuses to part with her childhood collection of Disney tapes that she doesn't watch.


Keep them, because Disney will probably PC them up a little when they come back around for a re-release, and it is nice to have originals.
 
2013-01-10 09:38:17 AM
Do any of you rich bastards think my VHS porn collection will magically get on DVD for free?
 
2013-01-10 09:40:32 AM

jfarkinB: I've got boxes of poorly-labeled tapes. My plan was to digitize them in batches, quick-scan through them, clip the stuff of sentimental or historical interest, and discard the rest -- but the last working VCR died before I got started. Any advice on a good workhorse VCR player for a task like this, given that the store shelves are no longer full of them?

/recovering hoarder
//doesn't count if it all fits on one drive
///okay, a few drives
////plus backups


If you want to get something old and workable, NEC and JVC both made absolutely indestructible VCRs. NEC in particular is one that I recommend; I've come across NEC VCRs in thrift stores, and invariably they work, and work well, at least for playback. Most NECs don't have Macrovision circuits either, which only complicate things.

For newer stuff, it's kind of a crapshoot. You're better off buying something "professional" rather than consumer, since consumer-grade VCRs started being made with entirely too much plastic, even pieces that really really really should've been metal. To that end I (again) recommend JVC, since their professional grade stuff is quite affordable and well made. To save time sorting through things, try and find an SVHS VCR. 9 times out of 10 you'll be looking at the "professional" model, since SVHS had very little penetration into the consumer market. You'll also get S-Video outputs out of the whole deal, and possibly Component to boot, which can only make things look better.

If you want an all-in-one I can't really point to a specific brand. The only thing I can provide is a warning: a lot of brands do this retarded thing where they write an irregular header to the beginning of the DVD when you start recording on it, specifically to make it unreadable in PCs. You can still pull the information off using the right software, but you can't just pop it in your computer and watch with WMP or something. If you're looking at a specific brand, check the reviews and see if people report being able to read the DVDs in their computers. If not... avoid.
 
2013-01-10 09:43:41 AM
I think we probably have a VCR in a box somewhere. Haven't hooked it up since at least the last two moves.
 
2013-01-10 09:49:18 AM
I still have one. The main reason is because I taped most of the "Night Flight" shows from the USA network. The original four hour program had great videos.
 
2013-01-10 09:50:14 AM
I still use my VCR. Plus tape heads are easy to maintain and tape is more robust and resilient than disc. Some things aren't available on disc (and sometimes even the internet doesn't have them) anyway.
 
2013-01-10 09:51:02 AM
I have one on a shelf somewhere. I'll keep it until I get around to having the home movies transferred to DVD. I've replaced all the commercial titles that I wanted to keep.
 
2013-01-10 09:52:51 AM
I have one to watch horrible movies that aren't available on DVD. I also have an 8-track player and a reel-to-reel. What of it?
 
2013-01-10 09:53:48 AM
How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?
 
2013-01-10 09:58:27 AM

Gunny Walker: VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.


No, but smart phones and tablets beat VCRs. My daughter could navigate stored movies and Netflix before she could read.
 
2013-01-10 10:00:04 AM

yukichigai: Gunny Walker: VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.

I actually used to make KVCDs and CVDs specifically for people with kids. Structure the disc right and all you have to do is pop it in the DVD player and hit the play button. Best part is that cartoons and such encode rather well; you can't really spot the quality difference between DVD on a standard def TV.


Most kid's DVDs now have autoplay functions. You pop in the DVD, and it automatically goes to the "play all" selection for episode compilations, or just launches into the movie after a few moments. Besides, my 7 and 6 year old know how to use the remotes. When they are watching something before bed, I'm usually writing or doing some work, so it helps to have interruptions at a minimum.

That said, I decided to get rid of our VCR and VHS stuff about two years ago. My parents almost had a stroke when I told them I was doing this. I told them that I had gotten a new DVD player (a year later, a Blu-Ray player with WiFi replaced it), and that if I liked any of my VHS movies enough to watch them over and over again, I'd get them on DVD. I discovered that only a few films made the transition.
 
2013-01-10 10:01:11 AM
There's one built into the front of my vintage-2005 TV. Just plugged a tape into it and it works perfectly. Also has a DVD player built into the front, which also works perfectly.

Bought my previous TV in 1984, so not anticipating replacing this one any time soon.
 
2013-01-10 10:06:30 AM

wxboy: How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?


How many people still listen to CDs?
 
2013-01-10 10:07:19 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: yukichigai: Gunny Walker: VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.

I actually used to make KVCDs and CVDs specifically for people with kids. Structure the disc right and all you have to do is pop it in the DVD player and hit the play button. Best part is that cartoons and such encode rather well; you can't really spot the quality difference between DVD on a standard def TV.

Most kid's DVDs now have autoplay functions. You pop in the DVD, and it automatically goes to the "play all" selection for episode compilations, or just launches into the movie after a few moments. Besides, my 7 and 6 year old know how to use the remotes. When they are watching something before bed, I'm usually writing or doing some work, so it helps to have interruptions at a minimum.

That said, I decided to get rid of our VCR and VHS stuff about two years ago. My parents almost had a stroke when I told them I was doing this. I told them that I had gotten a new DVD player (a year later, a Blu-Ray player with WiFi replaced it), and that if I liked any of my VHS movies enough to watch them over and over again, I'd get them on DVD. I discovered that only a few films made the transition.


That's a welcome change from how it was years ago. I remember getting quite a few requests to "work my magic" on DVDs so that parents and antsy children didn't have to sit through 25 minutes of unskippable trailers and promos before the main film was selectable.

With as insistent as the movie industry seemed to be when it came to keeping that "feature" in DVD releases, I would have thought it would always been a "feature" of children's video releases.
 
2013-01-10 10:11:55 AM

bark_atda_moon: wxboy: How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?

How many people still listen to CDs?


I do.  I'm sick of the compression.  I like CD better than streaming compressed junk.  Of course I'm now re-encoding full bit streams so it doesn't matter but the stuff I scanned years ago sucks compared to the real CDs.
 
2013-01-10 10:13:30 AM

yukichigai: whizbangthedirtfarmer: yukichigai: Gunny Walker: VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.

I actually used to make KVCDs and CVDs specifically for people with kids. Structure the disc right and all you have to do is pop it in the DVD player and hit the play button. Best part is that cartoons and such encode rather well; you can't really spot the quality difference between DVD on a standard def TV.

Most kid's DVDs now have autoplay functions. You pop in the DVD, and it automatically goes to the "play all" selection for episode compilations, or just launches into the movie after a few moments. Besides, my 7 and 6 year old know how to use the remotes. When they are watching something before bed, I'm usually writing or doing some work, so it helps to have interruptions at a minimum.

That said, I decided to get rid of our VCR and VHS stuff about two years ago. My parents almost had a stroke when I told them I was doing this. I told them that I had gotten a new DVD player (a year later, a Blu-Ray player with WiFi replaced it), and that if I liked any of my VHS movies enough to watch them over and over again, I'd get them on DVD. I discovered that only a few films made the transition.

That's a welcome change from how it was years ago. I remember getting quite a few requests to "work my magic" on DVDs so that parents and antsy children didn't have to sit through 25 minutes of unskippable trailers and promos before the main film was selectable.

With as insistent as the movie industry seemed to be when it came to keeping that "feature" in DVD releases, I would have thought it would always been a "feature" of children's video releases.


Oh yes, it is much better. I used to rip DVDs, too, but then about three years back, I noticed a lot of Disney DVDs started advertising "FastPlay." It looks like the rest of the industry (except Nick DVDs) have followed suit. The kid has to sit through some previews sometimes, but the DVD starts on its own if you do nothing on the main menu. Quite helpful.
 
2013-01-10 10:31:37 AM

bark_atda_moon: wxboy: How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?

How many people still listen to CDs?


Every day. I have a few hundred CDs of mainly classical, new acoustic and jazz that sound beautiful through my stereo system, and pretty decent in the car. For longer trips we fill a 50-CD travel case with some favs and hit the road. Why would I not listen to them?
 
2013-01-10 10:39:57 AM
I just bought a used replacement VCR to replace a 13 year old VCR that was dying, only to realize it's my 3 year old Plasma TV's inputs or something that's dying. Both VCRs apparently work fine, despite their age.

But, yeah: We have a ton of Disney Classics and such on VHS. It works. The kiddies don't complain about the resolution or mono sound.

And we buy music digitally and often burn it to CD. Just more convenient than dealing with the "Whoops - left my iPod at home" and "Whoops - left my iPod at work" and "Whoops - someone stole my iPod." MP3 CDs are sorta cool. But then, I used to record 8-Track Tapes in the 80s on my SoundDesign all-in-one stereo from K-Mart.

At least I don't listen to vinyl records or cassettes anymore...
 
2013-01-10 10:40:51 AM
The husby and I just bought a VHS player and Laserdisk player, and we're trying to find a Betamax player to replace the one that got ripped out of the vintage TV console we got a few weeks ago. We both like older tech since it's fun to play with, and there are a bunch of movies in each format that weren't released in later formats, so we're hunting them down.

/Over 300 laserdisks.
//Including the Collector's Edition Star Wars.
///Slashies
 
2013-01-10 10:43:14 AM
I have 1 vhs in the closet that hasn't been used in years. I have a Laser Disc player that I do use occasionally because there are still things available on LD you can't buy on DVD/Bluray. Mainly concerts are what I get on LD. I keep the VHS around because I have a VHS camera and should I ever need to film something... since I am not a picture/filmer type I can't justify buying a modern camera
 
2013-01-10 10:48:56 AM
Amazing how some people are amazed that other people don't throw out their AV equipment and collections every year and start over.
 
2013-01-10 10:51:05 AM
Ah - but how many of you have an RCA CED video disc player? Or an Elcaset?
 
2013-01-10 10:55:57 AM
I still have an 8 track tape player.  Kachunk.
 
2013-01-10 11:05:46 AM

Gunny Walker: VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.


Exactly. A two year old can master watching a VCR. You just have to keep the PB&J out of them.
 
2013-01-10 11:09:07 AM

Jodeo: The kiddies don't complain about the resolution or mono sound.


A friend gave me his old super VHS player years ago, I believe it was the reason for the s-video cable. Anyway I was surprised by the picture quality, it is really sharp.
 
2013-01-10 11:12:35 AM
I actually bought a NEW VCR last year. It is a combo DVD player/recorder too. The thing is I have a collectors edition Star Wars Trilogy (letter boxed) from 1996 in there. It is the ORIGINAL Star Wars unadulterated. It has 10 minute interviews with George Lucas before each film. Han shoots first in this one. The video quality is absolutely impeccable. My kids and I have watched this trilogy on those tapes maybe 300 times in the last 15 years. I did this by throwing out the purple dinosaur videos when kid 1 got to age 3. I substituted Star Wars. They watch them over and over and over again. If I'm going to be subjected to repetitive watching I want it to be something not involving a purple dinosaur. You know what? The video never wore out. It still plays like it just came out of the box. Disney movies wear out after about viewing number 20 because they are made with inferior materials. Whereas this trilogy lasts forever. The picture quality is simply remarkable. My wife bought them as a present back then and paid $75 for them. That's about $150 in today's money. Well worth it. I now have the Blue Ray collection but frankly I still prefer the original.
 
2013-01-10 11:18:48 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: I do; I need it while I'm transferring all my video tapes to dvd.


Yeah I just started on that project. For one I've got to make sure my VHS copies of the 1980 USA vs USSR and USA vs Finland olympic hockey games survive. I still have not done enough research to figure out what card to buy but for $7 bucks I bought one of the cheap chinese usb adapters. Seems to work OK. What do you use?
 
2013-01-10 11:19:51 AM
We have one. My wife keeps insisting that she is going to "watch those old tapes" that she recorded, so I have to keep hooking it up to our new equipment as I get it. Last time she actually watched  one was probably 1995. Eventually I suppose the analog inputs on new equipment will go away and there will be trouble. I am too lazy to digitize all that old stuff.
 
2013-01-10 11:58:11 AM

rwfan: Tyrone Slothrop: I do; I need it while I'm transferring all my video tapes to dvd.

Yeah I just started on that project. For one I've got to make sure my VHS copies of the 1980 USA vs USSR and USA vs Finland olympic hockey games survive. I still have not done enough research to figure out what card to buy but for $7 bucks I bought one of the cheap chinese usb adapters. Seems to work OK. What do you use?


Let me rephrase that question. Does anyone have experience/recommendations on video capture adapters? An adapter seems like the best approach to me because you can archive your stuff any way you want (online, dvd, big honkin hard drive,...)
 
2013-01-10 12:07:00 PM
VHS tapes are great for young children. You can buy them cheap at thrift stores - sometimes Disney movies for as little as 25 cents - and more importantly, compared to DVDs they are practically indestructible. DVDs get scratched and dirty so easily when kids handle them.
 
2013-01-10 12:23:14 PM
I have a VHS/TV combo.. I use it for a few movies. Some movies look and sound 'right' on VHS.

Examples: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Land Before Time, The Matrix (VHS-ified video works so WELL for this movie.)
 
2013-01-10 12:24:51 PM
I got shelves of my favorite movies on VHS

Just yesterday I was discussing buyin a DVD-VCR combination unit because there are about 90 VHS tapes here and some are unique (not available on DVD).

Option B: use a service to transfer as many of the unique ones to DVD as possible. But those are $$$$
 
2013-01-10 12:25:05 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: I do; I need it while I'm transferring all my video tapes to dvd.


That's like transferring all your 8mm home movies to Betamax.

Just get a large HD and put all of your VHS movies on it. Hell, get two and RAID them so your VHS video files never become corrupt.
 
2013-01-10 12:31:36 PM

yukichigai: For newer stuff, it's kind of a crapshoot. You're better off buying something "professional" rather than consumer, since consumer-grade VCRs started being made with entirely too much plastic, even pieces that really really really should've been metal. To that end I (again) recommend JVC, since their professional grade stuff is quite affordable and well made. To save time sorting through things, try and find an SVHS VCR. 9 times out of 10 you'll be looking at the "professional" model, since SVHS had very little penetration into the consumer market. You'll also get S-Video outputs out of the whole deal, and possibly Component to boot, which can only make things look better.


Meh. This is mostly stuff recorded off the air in 6-hour mode, 15 to 25 years ago, so it's going to look like crap at best. Mostly, I want something that's likely to make it through a hundred or so old tapes without crapping out, so heavy-duty is more important than high-fidelity.

Thanks for the tips!
 
2013-01-10 12:32:21 PM
We have cassette tapes that we are currently converting to mp3 files. We also have vinyl records and an Edison Diamond disk hand crank record player that we use pretty frequently. Old technology doesn't mean obsolete technology.
 
2013-01-10 12:39:32 PM
Not only do I still have it, I still use it. Frequently. Given the cost of updating the wife's collection of Disney movies (amassed throughout her childhood, so mostly VHS) to a new format - DVD, Blu-Ray, or Digital, I expect that we'll keep that VHS player around for quite some time...at least until the kids are grown up.
 
2013-01-10 12:40:10 PM

LavenderWolf: Tyrone Slothrop: I do; I need it while I'm transferring all my video tapes to dvd.

That's like transferring all your 8mm home movies to Betamax.

Just get a large HD and put all of your VHS movies on it. Hell, get two and RAID them so your VHS video files never become corrupt.


In the process of doing this with my DVDs. Getting an AppleTV for Xmas (with the understanding that this is not the only device that can do this) really provided the motivation. It's pretty neat having my entire DVD collection available to watch instantly and selectable from a tablet.
 
2013-01-10 12:54:22 PM
I remember a girlfriend telling me that her family pitched in and bought their dad a VCR. I thought to myself that never in my life would I have enough spare cash to buy a VCR.
 
2013-01-10 12:54:44 PM
I have a reel-to-reel I use to watch fabulous 70s pornography
 
2013-01-10 12:55:27 PM
we have one. it's a dual dvd player/vcr, though.
 
2013-01-10 12:57:48 PM
Secret Agent X23:
We still have some tapes of stuff that we don't have on DVD, including twelve hours of Ren and Stimpy

From MuchMusic, huh?
 
2013-01-10 01:03:52 PM

wxboy: How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?


The Protomen just released the single from their upcoming album exclusively on cassette. If you're familiar with the band and their work, it makes perfect sense and is awesome.

/No, their not hipsters
//MegaMan based, dystopian "rock opera"
///At the same time I picked up a limited release vinyl of their first album
 
2013-01-10 01:19:14 PM

No Such Agency: Secret Agent X23:
We still have some tapes of stuff that we don't have on DVD, including twelve hours of Ren and Stimpy

From MuchMusic, huh?


Actually, given to us by a friend whose kid had lost interest in it. I think he had just taped it off the broadcast.
 
2013-01-10 01:20:10 PM

CtrlAltDestroy: wxboy: How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?

The Protomen just released the single from their upcoming album exclusively on cassette. If you're familiar with the band and their work, it makes perfect sense and is awesome.

/No, their not hipsters
//MegaMan based, dystopian "rock opera"
///At the same time I picked up a limited release vinyl of their first album


Suuuuurrrreee
 
2013-01-10 01:23:11 PM
We have two TVs and the second one has an old DVD/VCR combo hooked up to it. I don't think it works very well anymore, but it's there.
 
2013-01-10 01:38:09 PM
Bought one for three dollars to watch cable on one of these:

content.answers.com
 
2013-01-10 01:44:57 PM
Ah, statistics.

"Have" does not mean "Use"

I "have" a VCR - but hasn't been turned on in years.

I "have" 5 TVs: 1 big HD flat screen, a small flat screen (for the kids), a small CRT in the bedroom that hasn't been turned on in years either, an old portable color in the closet, and an antique console color TV.

How do I consume media? Netflix on my iPad.
 
2013-01-10 01:49:38 PM
I do. I own movies that have yet to be made available on DVD.
 
2013-01-10 02:03:55 PM
Yeah, I do. Haven't gotten around to converting my VHS copies of Super Bowl XXI, XXV and the Miracle on Ice full game broadcast to DVD yet.
 
2013-01-10 02:07:17 PM
As long as the tapes still play there's no reason to get rid of them.
 
2013-01-10 02:14:48 PM
How else can I play my Action Max?

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-10 02:16:43 PM

Stone Meadow: bark_atda_moon: wxboy: How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?

How many people still listen to CDs?

Every day. I have a few hundred CDs of mainly classical, new acoustic and jazz that sound beautiful through my stereo system, and pretty decent in the car. For longer trips we fill a 50-CD travel case with some favs and hit the road. Why would I not listen to them?


Most folks can fit 50 CDs worth of music on an MP3 player. I haven't used a music CD in probably a decade. Since you listen to classical music, an MP3 player won't meet your needs. For whatever reason classical music on a CD seems rather wrong as well. I can't imagine it without the hums and pops of vinyl.
 
2013-01-10 02:25:45 PM

yukichigai: I have two VHS, two SVHS, and a Betamax. One of each have no Macrovision circuits at all, hence why I keep them around. Its rare to find anything on tape that can't be purchased on DVD at least, if not Blu-Ray or digital download, but it does happen. Early episodes of MST3K spring to mind.


A lot of older stuff from the UK as well. Blake's 7 was that way, and others. I'm not sure if it ever came out in region 1 DVD.
 
2013-01-10 02:26:57 PM

Close2TheEdge: All these VCR's simply prove that there are no poor people. Fox News told me so.


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2013-01-10 02:27:17 PM

MorrisBird: I still have an 8 track tape player.  Kachunk.


Me too. Granted, it's in a 1969 Firebird so it fits stylistically.

The first VCR we bought in 1982 was a top-of-the-line model & cost $900.
 
2013-01-10 02:32:32 PM
I have a VCR hooked up to a coaxial-input card on my older computer. Converting VHS to .avi and DVD is one of the easiest presents you can give someone; just mention in their birthday letter that you'll do it, pick up their box of tapes, and play them to a video-recorder program on the one PC while you work on one of the newer ones in the same room. You only have to pay attention when tapes end, save the file, then put in the next tape while the first goes into the rewinder.

And yes, I still have a rewinder, too.

I've done digital-backups of old Star Wars original-cuts, family films, home movies from those huge shoulder-camcorders, and, yes, a not-inconsiderable amount of porn, DIY and otherwise. I'm in tech support, so even relatives know I can handle it. We I.T. folks are like the confessionals in a Catholic church when it comes to porn: we've heard it all before and we'll never say a word.

Though I will say, there was this one video that did kind of freak me out. H.R. Pufenstuf, I think it was called? What was up with that? I've backed up harddrives for German businessmen and never seen anything as ungodly weird as that freaky mess.
 
2013-01-10 02:55:46 PM

wxboy: How many people still listen to audio cassette tapes?


I do, at work. radio in the shop only has working tape player. So I brought in my collection. I buy tapes at thrift stores sometimes too.
 
2013-01-10 02:56:20 PM
I am the 55%.
 
2013-01-10 03:00:13 PM

bark_atda_moon: Most folks can fit 50 CDs worth of music on an MP3 player. I haven't used a music CD in probably a decade. Since you listen to classical music, an MP3 player won't meet your needs. For whatever reason classical music on a CD seems rather wrong as well. I can't imagine it without the hums and pops of vinyl.


Yeah, I probably could, but I don't see any need or even convenience. Too lazy, I guess. :)
 
2013-01-10 03:17:36 PM
My hall of old tech shame:

images60.fotki.com

Not pictured: my RCA vacuum tube console that is in storage.
 
2013-01-10 03:32:13 PM

spyderqueen: I still have one. It's in a closet gathering dust, but I have it.


This.
 
2013-01-10 04:06:43 PM
I wish I were this guy
Link
 
2013-01-10 04:31:55 PM

w_jharris: I wish I were this guy
Link


The fark!?
 
2013-01-10 04:49:04 PM

Dinjiin: My hall of old tech shame:

[images60.fotki.com image 720x400]

Not pictured: my RCA vacuum tube console that is in storage.


Wow, I thought my SNES had yellowed. They used an awful type of plastic for those things.
 
2013-01-10 05:19:58 PM

bark_atda_moon: For whatever reason classical music on a CD seems rather wrong as well. I can't imagine it without the hums and pops of vinyl.


Definitely skip the philharmonic then, there are none of those there for sure.
 
2013-01-10 05:23:19 PM

Jobber8742: Dinjiin: My hall of old tech shame:

[images60.fotki.com image 720x400]

Not pictured: my RCA vacuum tube console that is in storage.

Wow, I thought my SNES had yellowed. They used an awful type of plastic for those things.


That's what I was going to say. FFS, get that thing a liver transplant.

Also, I miss my original NES, but at least I had the foresight to get the V.2 top-loader when it came out.
 
2013-01-10 05:32:51 PM

Precision Boobery: That's what I was going to say. FFS, get that thing a liver transplant.


Yeah, that's the worst thing in my collection.  When the weather gets a little better, I'm going to try one of those hydrogen peroxide + Oxyclean + sunlight (UV) restoration recipes to see if they're any good.  If it does work, I'll clean up the C128 and A3000 next.
 
2013-01-10 05:44:28 PM

Gunny Walker: VCRs are great for kids.

1.) Grab the purple tape.
2.) Push it into the VCR.
3.) Watch
4.) If it ends, go to step 2.

Can't do that with a DVR or DVD.


Actually, you can. You need software like AnyDVD and a free program called DVDShrink.

AnyDVD removes the encryption on DVDs. DVDShrink allows you to just copy over the movie and nothing else to a new burned DVD.

You end up with a copy that begins playing the movie when it is inserted without having to push any buttons. No previews. No commercials. Just the movie.

As a bonus, a DVD doesn't need to be rewound after viewing. Even better, if the kids accidentally destroy the copy, then you still have the original you purchased, so you can just make another copy.
 
2013-01-10 06:22:01 PM
how else am I supposed to watch old world series highlights, subby? huh?
 
2013-01-10 06:30:35 PM
I have one I don't use, but it's there. I don't see why people have to throw out a device that does what it is supposed to. Bonus is that Goodwill and other thrift shops have piles of VCR tapes that you can get for pennies on the dollar.

Some things are worth watching over and over again, like "It's a Wonderful Life", "Casablanca", "Citizen Cane" or the Marx Brothers.
 
2013-01-10 06:38:14 PM
 
2013-01-10 06:38:50 PM
I had a great S-VHS machine that I recorded movies on back in the day. It was hilarious for its ability to play video smoothly in reverse at any speed while playing the audio forward. Great fun. Unfortunately it broke a cam sensor somewhere and it was basically too much trouble to repair.
 
2013-01-10 07:06:18 PM

Dinjiin: Precision Boobery: That's what I was going to say. FFS, get that thing a liver transplant.

Yeah, that's the worst thing in my collection.  When the weather gets a little better, I'm going to try one of those hydrogen peroxide + Oxyclean + sunlight (UV) restoration recipes to see if they're any good.  If it does work, I'll clean up the C128 and A3000 next.


One of these days I'm going to mix me up a batch of Retrobrite and use it on my SNES too. I went and got all the supplies, but haven't been motivated to do it yet.
 
2013-01-10 11:53:41 PM

whereisian: 119 million people live in homes with four or more televisions

That's nuttier than the VCR thing. Most people I know have one, some have two, can only think of one person with more than that.


I've got... 3. 4 if you count the one I left at my parents house when I moved out... One was a 19 inch my parents got me in college that brought with me when I moved (it currently has an NES, SNES, Genesis and VCR/DVD combo hooked up to it in one of the bedrooms), one is a (something) inch flat screen that I got to replace the 19 inch (in my bedroom), and then one is a 42(?) inch in the living room.
 
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