* Posts by Paul Parkinson

2 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

What's the best way to digitise VHS tapes?

Paul Parkinson
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not possible

It's pysically impossible to build a VHS deck that would fit into a PC without designing the PC around it...

biggest available slot on the front of a PC would be a 5 1/4" drive bay, offer up a VHS cassette and you'll see the problem :P

insert it sideways? - NO, the tape needs to wrap around the head so needs space to be unlaced from the casette - tends to make the "footprint" of a VHS deck about the same depth as the cassette is wide.

Face it - whatever way you transfer from VHS to digital media will need wires and a VHS player.

Sony chews the Blu-ray fat with Microsoft

Paul Parkinson
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Why do all the haters insist that Sony owns Bluray?

There have been bigger fish than Sony in the Blu pond since the beginning...

Apple Computer, Inc.

Dell Inc.

Hewlett Packard Company

Hitachi, Ltd.

LG Electronics Inc.

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic and Technics for us westerners)

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Pioneer Corporation

Royal Philips Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sharp Corporation

Sony Corporation

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

TDK Corporation

Thomson Multimedia

Twentieth Century Fox

Walt Disney Pictures

Warner Bros. Entertainment

to pick one semi-randomly; LG are the largest manufacturer of flat-screen displays in the world (Plasma, they partner with Philips for LCD manufacture) - if you have a TFT monitor or Plasma/LCD TV, no matter who it's made by, it likely has one of their panels in it.

OK, so Sony has a bad track record for some things, but don't most large corporations? (Intel, Microsoft, Apple to name but 3)

Reference: http://www.blu-ray.com/faq/#bluray_developers

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