Back to the video vault…
I really must get back to the job of processing my videotape collection onto DVD-R. At the beginning of the month, I cleared away a space in front of the analogue TV in the living room where the DVD recorder (with the hard drive) is hooked up.
As some of you may know, my digital standards converter died a while back. That’s right! The magic box I bought in Japan in ’94 finally took it’s swan song bow. And until it’s replacement arrives…
What I am concentrating on at present is trying to get everything off of the million beta hi-fi tapes that I have. If the Sony SuperBeta hi-fi SLHF-2100 croaks, I’m out of business!
For 2011, the first five things I have generated DVD-R’s for are:
1) The Art Of Noise (67 minute reel; music videos, UK TV live and interviews – made from a BI(S) master, which was made from SuperBeta hi-fi, VHS hi-fi and PAL VHS that was x-fer’d; there might even be some clips in stereo from ¾” U-Matic!)
2) “Bottom” (Series 3) BBC ’95, Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmundson (6 x 30 min.)
3) Sammy Davis Jr. “Essence” profile / interview ’87, approx. 30 min.
4) Barry Humphries’ “Flashbacks” 2 episodes (x 45 min.) (1950’s & 1960’s), Australian TV
5) 1986 / 7 reel
a) Two On The Town (Las Vegas special)
b) “Dr. Science” (PBS, ‘Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre’)
c) “California Stories” (PBS)
d) “Mighty Pawns” (PBS drama)
So, this is what’s on the hard drive at the moment. The Sammy profile is short, so I might try to find something to add to it (that live Japanese Beta or maybe the Mod Squad episode with Sammy in it).
In a few days, I’ll go out to the garage and get another box or two of betas, and see if I can find anything else of interest. Might try to start building a music video reel, which I believe would be “Vol. 15”, in my chronology. We’ll see.
It’s lonely work going through a video collection the size of what I have here. The cartons are heavy, and not all of them have interesting stuff therein. What do I do with betas that are no longer required? Can I recycle them in LA / Long Beach? Or is it time for the garbage can?