[Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

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HBO3
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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by HBO3 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:24 pm

Hey good afternoon fellow Cable nostalgia people!
First of all I want to extend a sincere THANK YOU to AriX for posting this stuff from the LaserDiscs. It is a privlidge to be able to see this stuff!
My name is Christopher, living in Los Angeles, CA and I'm quite intrigued by this old stuff, as it would seem you are as well.
I did not ever expect to find anything like this, and thought I was all alone in this realm.
Currently a project I'm working on is vintage CableTV headend equipment complete with a Scientific Atlanta scrambler, and 8600 subscriber set-top box(es).
I am still in the process of obtaining the difficult-to-come-by SA Headend Controller and System manager computers and thier related software, so I may have complete control over the STB(s). But that is all for a different post, and probably a different forum.
While I realize that this writing doesn't have anything to do with Prevue channel, I do have fond memories of Prevue channel and have been lucky enough to have seen it grow from it's (what I consider) infancy, to what it was before TV Guide bought it. I was also able to see the original C-Band feeds of it, which is what was used from the CATV co's and then masked with thier Amiga stuff based on whatever channels were and weren't available on that particular CATV system.
In any case - down to what's at hand here.
I have a fond love of Request PPV channel, from the 1990-1994 era. When I was a teenager I recorded quite a bit of stuff from Request (not movies, but the stuff in between showings)
Things like the movie previews, graphics, any sound/music that the channel made... Fanfares that would start before movies/events, and fanfares that would play before Music Videos they would show.
All of my recordings are in VHS format (unfortunately) but they are in SP, and in Hi-Fi stereo (Which to this day sounds pretty darn good).
I intend to digitize these recordings and then play them back on my vintage headend equipment here for nostalgic purposes.
==== My Question is This: ====
What "hardware" and/or "software" are you using to capture the content off of your LD's?
While researching movie playdates and years of films that Request was airing, I stumbled across this forum.
I was reading that AriX had some new LaserDiscs that he "couldn't capture at the moment, unless we wanted crappy versions, and would be better off to wait until you got back to your better capturing hardware".
I am in a dire attempt to encode my VHS tapes to the best quality possible, and obviously diskspace isn't an issue.
So if any of y'all have any information or suggestions on what hardware and software to use, I'd be greatly appreciative.
Currently I'm just using a cheese-whiz outboard MPEG2 encoder from 2004, but the thing was only $5 complete with software, new in the box. It does an O-Kay job to simply get the stuff on disk to view it with ease. But ultimately I want uncompressed (or the BEST quality/type of digital) video, if it's possible.
Any help would be greatly appreciated fellas. And if there are any questions or requests for pictures of my CATV "mini-headend", ask and I shall post a few pictures.
Please get back to me.
=C=

tin
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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by tin » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:48 pm

One suggestion I would have for digitising is to get a DVD recorder that takes DVD-RAM and do it via that. That's what I used to get my computer output video onto youtube and IMHO it looks a LOT better than most of the stuff out there. The hardware is obviously designed to handle video properly, rather than some cheap PC hardware (and OS) trying to keep up with it.

And of course most interested in your cable headend!! :)

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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by link343 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:15 pm

Merry Christmas guys! Also just posted this over on MySpleen. Enjoy!

Content List
MediaInfo

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MKV, Youtube, Sample,Thumbnails

I do have a DVD-R of this, which might be uploaded to MySpleen in the future if there is a demand.
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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by Matthew Joseph » Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:10 am

link343, how did you get the Christmas 1994 Sneak Prevue LaserDisc in here? And please upload it to YouTube so that the other people can see this one....

Maybe, AriX and other forum users will be happy about this one, and this will be the forum's Christmas present this year!!!! :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!!!!
THIS IS THE PREVUE CHANNEL, AND WE ARE WHATS ON.
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Matthew Dela Cruz
Loyal Prevue Channel and TVGC/TVGN guy

link343
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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by link343 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:31 am

Will do. As for how I got this, I found it locally (Salt Lake City area). Don't have any other discs at the moment, but I'm always on the lookout.

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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by joseph_sobora » Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:40 am

Wow, Thanks! This is the most awesome find of "Sneak Prevue" from December, 1994 (20 years ago as of now). Actually, I have seen this before when my father took me to his Uncle's place in Long Beach for Christmas. Never knew it was Sneak Prevue at the time!

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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by infamous04 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:54 am

Someone from YT had a video called Oddity Archive: Prevue Channel featuring samples of Sneak Prevue from October 1994. I know they had Above The Rim, Ace Ventura, and other previews in that one.

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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by joseph_sobora » Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:49 pm

I posted this last week, I just forgot to mention it. Better late than never:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI9DVnIGjH4

Note: I had to do some editing to avoid some constant repeats on "The Specialist" (1994) Pay-Per-View TV Spots and adding a "Terminal Velocity" (1994) Trailer using "VSDC Free Video Editor" for the Ultraviolet-Magenta Filmstrip like this:
Sneak_filmstrip 1.png
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and "Windows Movie Maker" for the letters. And of course, I added the "Sneak Prevue: Stay Tuned..." snipe in the middle. Plus, an audio feed for Cox Cable at the end.

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Re: [Download] Sneak Prevue LaserDiscs

Post by joseph_sobora » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:22 pm

Sneak Prevue from TKR Cable in Louisville, KY on 6/15/96 starting at 7:52 after the beginning of "Action Pay-Per-View" previews.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-p8BbP7WsQ

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