Re: Probe on VHS
- Hi Everybody
Mike, I hope your copy of the Probe pilot is intact. I had a bit of
distortion at times with my copy while watching it on a SONY VCR. I
watched my copy for the first time after finally receiving it in
February. I had quite a wait as I mentioned back then in message
I watched the pilot episode again last week on a GO-VIDEO dual deck
VCR that has Automatic Tracking. This time the tape displayed
reasonably well throughout. Maybe the automatic tracking makes the
difference in terms of viewing quality.
I am also mentioning the GO-VIDEO dual deck VCR for another reason I
am preparing to copy the pilot episode for a friend of mine who is
really excited about Search. I mentioned a few months ago that he
might join the group, but he never took me up on my suggestion. But
he was over my house last weekend, and we watched `Countdown to
Panic'. Needless to say he was reeeeeeaaaalllly excited seeing
Search again after 30 years.
I don't know if anyone has any experience with a GO-VIDEO dual deck
VCR, but I am trying to do some amateur copying and virtual splicing
using the VCR, and I am having a little difficulty with the splicing.
My impetus to do some splicing was prompted by the absence of the
phone call scene between Lockwood, Cameron, and Dr. Laurent that
whould have appeared right after the introductory credits rolled in
the beginning of the show. I noticed the absence immediately because
I reviewed my Search pilot recorded many years ago off local TV prior
to watching the Unicorn tape for the first time back in February.
Now I would like to be able to seamlessly copy the scene back when I
copy the Unicorn tape for both my friend and myself.
Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.
- Franklin what Go-Video do you have?
The 3110 and after have a remote that can be used directly fo the seemless
editing. I have one but only one side is working right now.
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- Thanks, Jim.
I did check some things. It is Unicorn Video, like
Franklin said, and is at SP, so I don't think
anything's changed. The box isn't faded, just a big
blow up of a low res video grab, so doesn't look so
My VCR does have auto-tracking, and is a relatively
new JVC SVHS. The Unicorn Video Presents intro looks
pretty cheap, and it's not too uncommon for me to have
to override the autotracking on cheap tapes (for this
and previous machines). The phone conversation scene
is not in it, good luck dubbing.
Aside from tracking, the outdoor scenes (mainly blue
and green) look ok, more video noise than usual. The
probe control scenes, which are heavily red, are
awful. Video tape inherently has problems with red,
these are magnified greatly.
What I'm going to do is call Movies Unlimited (which
is in my hometown, as it turns out), and see if they
are willing to order me another copy (I'll explain the
information you've all given me--thanks). Then we'll
see if this is one bad tape, or it's the end of the
road for anything produced on the cheap.
I'll keep you posted. Thanks for all the help.
--- probecontrol@... wrote:
> Mike wrote: I have to warn you that the quality is__________________________________
> I have to use manual tracking, keep adjusting, and
> it still
> looks bad. I might try it on different VCRs.
> Hey, Mike--
> This surprises me. My copy plays flawlessly, and
> has. Are they still recording it on SP speed, or is
> it now
> recorded in a substandard LP or SLP speed?
> I don't doubt what you're saying at ALL. I'm just
> if the copies are suffering from age (sitting in the
> warehouse after probably being produced YEARS ago)?
> Jim Alexander
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>... What I'm going to do is call Movies Unlimited, and seeif they are willing to order me another copy. Then we'll see
if this is one bad tape, or it's the end of the road for
anything produced on the cheap. I'll keep you posted. Thanks
for all the help.
Good luck, Mike! If we can be of any more help, then just
- Hi Paul
I have the 3110, but the remote causes the source tape to do a
little rewind for a few seconds before copying each time I position
the source tape and then pause it. I am hoping that marking scenes
for future copying will do the trick.
- --- In email@example.com, "franklinberke"
> Hi PaulHi:
> I have the 3110, but the remote causes the source tape to do a
> little rewind for a few seconds before copying each time I position
> the source tape and then pause it. I am hoping that marking scenes
> for future copying will do the trick.
Do you have any copies of Probe or Search you would like to
sell? I would be very interested.