January 14, 2017

Miss Daicon revisited

One of my first introductions to anime back at the Philadelphia Animation Society in the mid '80's, was a fun little convention opening animation set to ELO's "Twilight" from the album Time. It had been degraded from many generations of recopying, but it was pretty amazing, and showed what Fans were capable of. Plus it was an homage to everything that was good in fandom back then.

Lately on Youtube I've been getting an amateur (hardly!) video series suggested to me. But this one, "Cassette Girl" is especially worthy, since it hearkens back to that Daicon IV Opening Animation. Although I still don't understand the fascination with Betamax....

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1 Betamax was, in many ways, vastly superior to VHS which ended up winning the "war" due to a combination of chicanery by JVC and Sony's tight patent policies on the Betamax.  Another factor was movies were increasingly released on VHS (due in part to the latter's somewhat inferior re-copy quality, a crude form of DRM).  Note that BetaMax was officially adopted by the Japanese government as the standard videocassette of Japan, which led to a lot of people buying it and feeling burned when it faceplanted. 

So there's a bit of nostalgia there amongst lots of people of a certain age for the format. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at January 28, 2017 11:54 PM (KicmI)

2 Sadly, that particular ability was never demonstrated publicly, which might have altered the outcome of the product competition....and/or shortened the cold war.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at January 29, 2017 12:04 AM (KicmI)

3 I remember the videocassette wars....

The big problem with Beta, IIRC, was also the recording length that didn't match typical program lengths.

I also ran into an issue once with my old Mac 8600 that had AV inputs. The VCR I had hooked up to it had Macrovision, which I could SEE injecting a signal into the colorburst interval (I have an oscilloscope) which a TV could ignore but the computer would not. It had the effect of fooling the AGC and brightening and dimming the signal.

These days, a simple circuit that could have blanked out that part of the signal is illegal, thanks to the DMCA, although certain home video mixers would do that as well.

Posted by: Mauser at January 29, 2017 01:33 AM (5Ktpu)

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