Originally Posted by CitiBear
LaserDisc is a whole other kettle of fish: with these, you need to figure out if you seriously want to regularly use a player with a variety of discs, or you just want to have one in your personal "museum of video tech past" for old times' sake.
I mentioned this a couple of years ago. My big problem with my LaserDisks is/was (
) that I was a purist videophile. That means that I purchased most of my LD titles in the letterboxed format. During my dubbing project (VHS to DVD) I had a sub-project of transferring my LD titles to DVD as well. The issue was, and turned out to be, that in order to preserve the aspect ratio, I was given two options, neither of which was good, or even acceptable.
The first was to "postage stamp" the image. The video stream was recorded letterboxed on the laser disk, so I had to watch it in the 3:4 format that it was made for, to preserve the aspect ratio, thus pillarboxing it along with the original letterboxing. Ugh! The second option was to expand the image, and that resulted in a really poor video quality, worse than VHS in some ways.
Again Ugh. I ended up purchasing the DVDs of most of my laserDisk titles for that reason.
(yet again) $Ugh$.
Originally Posted by audio/videoman
...I never did understand the vhs craze at all. PQ was horrendous.
If there is content that you absolutely must have that you can't find elsewhere, it's understandable, though.
Well, where I came from, VHS was the only viable option for recording. If your choices are VHS or nothing, you simply had to choose VHS. The rental stores had maybe 50 Beta titles to rent, but 1000 VHS titles.
It wasn't so much a craze, as an only resort. If you wanted to record, and we all did, then that was what you used. After you had even a small library of titles, recorded or purchased, the inertia against changing formats for what was perceived as a really small quality increase, was too great. Even when I would leave my small town and go to a really big electronics store in downtown Minneapolis, they had four or five Beta units, and literally a wall of VHS units from a dozen manufacturers. The forces for VHS were overwhelming, despite the inferior quality of the format. VHS eventually DID bury Beta.