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    Originally Posted by Seeker47 View Post

    Well, I most emphatically hope that you do manage to stick around, as your contributions have been of major value ! That work you did with Peter of IsoBuster was simply EPIC !

    [Maybe it's just some innate knack, but I usually seem to be able to ignore the trolls, wherever they may pop up. They are far from being worth getting riled up over.]

    Particular knowledge and skill sets vanishing into history extends well beyond this example, unfortunately.

    If anyone has more recent commentary on that NYC Beta shop, or Doctor Sony over on ePay, please post your updates here, and if I find out anything along those lines I'll do likewise.
    Thank you.

    Tolerating trolls and not over reacting.. is an under appreciated skill.

    I think the Internet is filtering out people like me by its own form of darwinsim.. i may not last long.

    The Peter Isobuster thing.. was total "strategy".. i have seen a lot of opensource and "free" projects fail and vanish into history.

    Peter has a great product and he has many reasons for actively maintaining it and updating it.. and he has a thick skin and lots of healthy curiosity.. in my opinion he deals with stress very well. He'll be one of the survivors.

    As such, that he took on the "possibility" of adding reading DVR HDD recorders and ran with it..and mutated it to cover Blu-ray recorders and all sort of things.. he is brilliant, amazing.. and I can't say I'm shocked enough. He has this way of not getting bogged down and advancing with things that are "good enough" for now and coming back to refine them later.

    He's just dammed smart, technically and in so many other ways.. (and) he keeps a low profile. A very rare and not egocentric individual.

    I went looking for someone to add DVD HDD to PC copy to an exiting product.. and found someone imminently equipped to make it so much more.

    I know HDV (long GOP) or MPEG2 don't get much archivist love; but its easy and something your mother could do without any hand holding, and it was a Theatrical Movie standard for years.. our ATSC digital broadcast system is based on it.. billions of people satisfied so far. And DVD recorders (later ones) were designed with TBC and Frame Sync built in exactly to be compatible with VHS and Beta transfer.. they were purpose built for the task.

    Peters Isobuster makes getting that stuff off easy, makes selling the "service" of extracting the HDD once a month or year and harvesting thousands of hours of programming to a USB stick or portable hard drive "easy".. A Grandmother could do it.

    Sure if your a Video Editor, Content producer, or 1980 Commericals hater, its not perfect.. but its far better than figuring out how to build a retro PC and running some arcane driver and operating system to capture in yuv or lagarith.. when you might be better off using a cheap AJA Kona card you can buy for $20 today .. i bought two the other day for $4 each.. the high end SD stuff is getting cheap. - The irony is a DVD HDD that supports pass through, has a TBC and Frame sync.. its built in.. its what they were made for.. you can get them for $10 and then decide you want to spend $4000 on a standalone TBC from 1992. There is a huge gulf between what most people are perfectly happy with and what perfectionists are looking for.. i get so sad thinking about this.
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    12Voltvids can be very harsh to new people.

    He's a wise cracking Dad that does not suffer fools, and he gets riled up easier and easier these days.

    For a native Canadian he can be shockingly blunt some times.

    But his content is part experience, intuition and working knowledge. He has been trained and he has vast experience across many product brands and devices.

    He is simply too good to ignore.

    But I would recommend to anyone just crossing his channel to "Stay Out of the Comments !!!"

    Subscribing and contributing to his pateron makes sense.. I have done both periodically.. and come and gone back and forth.

    But he's consistent and his channel has been online for years.. well worth looking at his back catalog of videos, and he tags them for word search very well.
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    3DGamerman is back

    I don't know how old the people reading this thread are, but back in the 1990's before YouTube there was a self built streaming website called 3DGamerman.

    Rodney Reynolds did reviews of hardware gear, just about every ATI Wonder and ATI ALL in Wonder cards were thoroughly unboxed, reviewed and cited with all the specifications, software and drivers installed on a period PC and functions demonstrated.

    Years later after YouTube was born, he transferred his vast collection to YouTube.. and then a few years ago.. mysteriously "disappeared".

    I don't know what happened, but his video show format and reviews were very distinct and unique and he may have felt they didn't compete well with tech channels like Linus Tech Tips (LTT) .. he wasn't video centric, or video capture centric.. but much of his content just gravitated in that direction.

    Over time.. his reviews are the best and the only information that can be found about hardware in many cases.

    When he "disappeared" many people were very concerned, but his content remains online on Youtube to this day.

    He had a young family and it was speculated he was trolled and driven offline by concerns for his family.. or just got busy with real life and took a break.

    I'm glad to mention.. he has resurfaced, alive and well and running a very private curated Youtube venue with limited access to vetted members.

    It was a welcome relief to find out.. since he was there at the dawn of high end gaming and video capture card technology.

    He's riding motorcycles and enjoying life in Canada and making really nice short videos.. and hilariously just discovered a Mac M1 !

    He was always a Windows guy before.

    So it looks like he was a victim of the Internet and found peace, and its very nice to see him back. He looks quite young and will likely be around for many years to come.

    I guess this is just an update, and information for anyone looking for youtube videos about and demonstrating ATI Graphics cards and ATI video Graphics Capture cards. Its one place to look, and the format was developed over years.. so from one video to the next you know what to expect.
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    i didn't want to chance getting flamed.
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    Originally Posted by jwillis84 View Post

    As such, that he took on the "possibility" of adding reading DVR HDD recorders and ran with it..and mutated it to cover Blu-ray recorders and all sort of things.. he is brilliant, amazing.. and I can't say I'm shocked enough. He has this way of not getting bogged down and advancing with things that are "good enough" for now and coming back to refine them later.

    He's just dammed smart, technically and in so many other ways.. (and) he keeps a low profile. A very rare and not egocentric individual.

    I went looking for someone to add DVD HDD to PC copy to an exiting product.. and found someone imminently equipped to make it so much more.

    I know HDV (long GOP) or MPEG2 don't get much archivist love; but its easy and something your mother could do without any hand holding, and it was a Theatrical Movie standard for years.. our ATSC digital broadcast system is based on it.. billions of people satisfied so far. And DVD recorders (later ones) were designed with TBC and Frame Sync built in exactly to be compatible with VHS and Beta transfer.. they were purpose built for the task.

    Peters Isobuster makes getting that stuff off easy, makes selling the "service" of extracting the HDD once a month or year and harvesting thousands of hours of programming to a USB stick or portable hard drive "easy".. A Grandmother could do it.
    Now I know this very probably ain't ever gonna happen, but if someone could additionally crack the (encrypted) recorded content on a DirecTV DVR, for archival extraction, that is something I would spend some $$ on. I've got 3 of those dead or out of service Sat DVR boxes, at last count. Each has I-don't-know-quite-what-anymore on it at the time it went down, but with each way more than half full. (Those typically had 1GB hard drives in them, I think. These were boxes I owned, and so never had to return to DTV.) If long established patterns hold, that probably includes many rare movies that may not turn up anywhere again anytime soon. In just the last few months, I've identified at least 4 such films, that have not turned up in many years and which won't be broadcast again -- perhaps ever. I've gotten quite good at locating rarities -- whether bootlegs, TVrips, or whatever -- from a diversity of sources, so, after a certain amount of searching, I have a pretty good sense of what can be found or replaced, and what can't.
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