Preserving my Laserdisc Collection
I have about three hundred Laserdiscs that I want to preserve. Some don't play anymore and I want to save the ones that still work. My first player failed over ten years ago and I replaced it with a used one at the time. This replacement also has issues so I may not have much time left.
I purchased an ION Video2PCHD USB video capture device. It seems to be doing the job. I use its S video option. It comes with a crippled version of PowerDVD 9 which works fine for capturing the audio and video.
It creates mpg files with MPEG-2 (?) contained. My Western Digital media player wouldn't play the files and my Oppo 93 was inconsistent. So I brought the files into Sony Vegas Pro 10, edited them, joined them and then rendered them to 1080p(i) files ready to burn to Blu-ray with good success. However the file sizes are adding up because I am saving the original mpg captures and the larger 1080 files and I back them up which doubles the storage needs. One hour of Laserdisc capture is about 4 gb.
Now I have purchased a Sony S1700 Blu-ray player to use as a media player. This nifty player is very small and so far is playing the mpg files. I can put the files captured from one of the Laserdiscs into a folder and then play the folder and the player does them in the proper sequence if named right. This system might work without having to render and deal with extra files and storage. I keep the original captures and can do something else with them later if I choose.
I am still early in this procedure. I still want to know if this player will work with an SSD formatted exFAT with files larger than 4 gb. It is working with a 4 TB NTFS external hard drive. I still may run into some glitches with this procedure but I am hopeful. I have a 500 gb SSD on order and will report back if it works as planned.
HT: PSA MTM-210T front, MTM-210C center, PSA MTM-210T surrounds, PSA MT-110 rears, Atmos / Canton, Ascend CBM-170SE, PSA V1800 , PSA V1801, Marantz SR7009 AVR & Emotiva A-100 stereo amp, Panasonic 65ST60 Plasma, Oppo BDP 93, Sony S1700, Music video: JBL L890, L880, LC2, SVS pc13-Ultra, Yamaha RX-V385, ASUS 31.5" IPS monitor, Sony S1700, Multichannel stereo: PSA MT-110, Bose 901, PSA S1510DF, Denon X1400H, Marantz SR6005
Last edited by zeuspaul; 10-28-2018 at 02:28 PM.