Originally Posted by Sheer Lunacy
I don't understand this mania for transferring LD to DVD. All you are doing is piling MPEG artifacts on top of composite-video artifacts.
I have hundreds of LDs, some of which I could replace with DVDs if I so chose, others of which I could not. A very few of them I could replace with Blu-Ray. That latter I would describe as an upgrade, whereas since most of my LDs are 4:3 ratio, I don't see much point in replacing one standard-definition format with another. In any case, though, I see no point in taking complicated steps to play back my LDs some other way, when I can simply play them back on a LaserDisc player.
Yes, but I do not have a large laserdisc collection. As a matter of fact, I never owned a laserdisc player until this year. I also picked up a brand new VP-100 for next to nothing. Between the CLD-D703 and VP-100 I am only out $200 and some small change.
I have only purchased laserdisc movies that were never released on DVD and/or VHS. PT 109 widescreen and Northwest Passage are a few of the laserdiscs that I am talking about.
I capture to my PC, then do video noise reduction, audio enhancement / noise reduction if applicable, edit out commercials if applicable, make a nice motion menu and when needed convert 4 x 3 letterbox to the 16 x 9 format. Later on I intend to do an upscaled / enhanced rendering of the same files, but that requires a faster PC than the one that I own. 40 hours of PC time to upscale a 2 hour video is a bit much. That would be 4 to 5 nights of rendering on my PC. The PC does nothing at night, so perhaps I should not care and let it run while I am asleep.
I have also copied VHS to DVD via the PC, but only as a last resort. I prefer to just buy the DVD new if it is cheap enough. Ebay used also works for me.
Anyhow, compression artifacts are not a large problem if you bit rate at a high enough value. I processed the colorized VHS version of They Died with Their Boots On, and the DVD copy looks and sounds way better than the original!
Botton line is, if the content is available in a better format I will just buy the movie in the new format if I want to own the movie. DVD quality is good enough for most movies since I do not have a projection screen setup.