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buck135
03-16-2013, 03:51 AM
Hello all. I need some advise. I just purchased my first LD: the Japanese "Dawn of the Dead" Perfect Collection. :banana: I know it's putting the cart before the horse, but this LD is gorgeous. I want a LD player not only to watch it but ultimately to transfer it to a computer, probably a Mac (again putting the cart before the horse) to convert it to DVD. Can all LD players be tricked to play a LD in this region? Also, any recommendation as to what I should look for as far as a player and the best means of ripping it onto a computer? Thank you!

Paff
03-16-2013, 04:26 AM
OK, first of all, one great thing about LD: NO REGIONS!! If you have a laserdisc, and a laserdisc player, it will play. Doesn't matter where the disc came from.

Now, if you're only going to be ripping the content of the LD, you have a little more leeway. You can buy a single sided player (when the disc gets to the end, 30 minutes for a "CAV" disc, 60 for a "CLV" disc, you have to manually turn the disc over. AKA, "flippers". All LDs are flippers if you have a single sided player.

If you're going to be integrating it into your home theater and actually watching the movies, you'll want a double sided player. This one automatically plays the other side of the disc, and you'll only have to get up if there's a disc change.

Stick with Pioneer players. Look for a CLD-Dxxx, or CLD-Sxxx if you only want a single sided player ("D" and "S" are for Double or Single sided player). The "xxx" will be a 3 digit number. Higher the number, better the player. I use a CLD-D704, one of the best players made short of the "Elite" line (which is a whole new ball game, but a lot more $$$). A 502, or 406 will suit you fine.

Finally, MAKE SURE IT HAS A REMOTE! If you're going to access commentary tracks, you have to change from the digital soundtrack to the analog, and that's a function specific to LD. You won't find it on any universal remotes.

If you find some players that interest you, post 'em here and we can comment on 'em.

buck135
03-16-2013, 04:34 AM
That's excellent information. Thank you so much Paff. Any ideas as to what hardware I should look into to transfer LD's to a PC or Mac (preferably Mac)?

buck135
03-24-2013, 05:43 AM
Hey Paff, I took your advice and bought a Pioneer CLD-D503. It recently got a brand new belt, and everything was checked out to ensure that all was good going forward. The price was good for a player that received high praise. I got so caught up with it's condition that I forgot to check the most important piece of advice you gave me...make sure it has the remote. Luckily eBay had one for this model in excellent condition for $20. Paff, thank you so much for all of your advice. I picked up a video capture device for my PC cheap so I'll be burning my Dawn of the Dead Perfect Collection very soon. :banana:

Paff
03-24-2013, 08:53 AM
Good first player! Have you plugged it in and used it yet?

buck135
03-24-2013, 05:41 PM
Good first player! Have you plugged it in and used it yet?

Thanks! No, I ordered it last night. Right after I ordered it I came here to update this thread. I can't wait!