Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Potential New Toy?

The Atlona SB-3690 may be just the thing I need to end that jittering nonsense y'all saw on HEAVY and other Kentai Films original transfers once and for all. While a digital PAL/NTSC converter by design, it's also supposedly good at stabilizing crappy video signals, which would (theoretically) fix all that sea-sick inducing shimmying and bouncing that my JVC seems to be vomiting out with every other pre-record stuffed down its' gullet. I don't know exactly what I did to piss the deck off, but man, it must be the kinda' thing you get put on the sex offender list for.

In theory, the SB-3690 shown above would create a new, stable signal from any (worn-out VHS) signal that I feed my recording device, and would once and for all kill all that jittery bullshit. Of course, that's what the 60 pound "Pro" TBC I had eons ago was supposed to do, too. Last fucking time I buy pro equipment 'as-is', I swear. On the flip side, I'd also have a PAL-NTSC converter, though I can't for the life of me think of what I'd need one for these days. Anything that's on PAL pre-record is also on PAL DVD, which I can either make a new NTSC transfer from myself using AVISynth/CCE, or I can simply chuck it into any $70 progressive-scan DVD player on the market with a region hack and convert it to NTSC on the fly.

In other news, I got a bunch of crap to subtitle for the ADC crowd today. I don't want to spoil all the fun in one post, but I figure I can give just one of 'em away...


Koji done got raped. (The scary thing is I didn't need to change a thing for this screencap.)

For those who aren't intimately familiar with 70s geek culture, this is a shot from the very first Go Nagai theatrical film that I'm aware of, MAZINGER Z VS DEVILMAN. This 45 minute feature solidified Devilman - that is, Toei's big blue Adam West Devilman, not the gangly rat-like harbinger of suffering that most Americans are more familiar with - as one of the greatest giant robots of the 70s, despite the initial handicap that he isn't a robot. And the movie is AWESOME. Imagine a pair of 8 year olds arguing over who would win in a fight, Devilman or Mazinger Z, only for the two of them to realize that after throwing hands they'd have to team up and kill every opponent they ever knew. This ADD fueled conversation is the entire movie. And it's even in scope. IN SCOPE! I'd like to think I don't hand out "Best [insert here] Ever" stickers needlessly, but this is definitely a contender for "Best Demon Vs Robot Action Ever". It might also be the only entrant, but if so, all the better: that means the award is given without unfair prejudice against another candidate.

To prove how eerie my circle of friends are, this is how the project came up:

Friend A: Buy the HK Chinglish subtitled bootleg for me, so we can turn the zany script into decent English.

Me: Sure thing. Hey, Friend B, you'll never guess what Friend A wants me to grab.

Friend B: Are you serious? I had that flick translated, like, years ago. Here's the script.

Me: Hells yes! My contribution is virtually non-existent, but that's okay.

It's scary when my life becomes some sort of awful fansubber sitcom. Scary, but pretty awesome. I'm also going to include the Chinglish subtitles as an extra, because when you have lines like "Shirt this Satan people" instead of 'Damn you, Devilman!', those are Chinglish subtitles worth holding onto. Maybe turn it into a drinking game and take a shot every time they mis-spell a cuss word or can't understand "Breast Fire" and call it super heat wave. You'll be on the floor before the movie's up, I swear.

Anyway, I've got a lot of shit I need to start posting, so keep your eyes peeled for more info. Also, that project I've been killing myself over for my "legit" employer over the last 2 weeks seems to be finished. There was a cluster fuck or two involved, and while Disc 1 is far from my best work, I'm pretty proud of everything I did on Disc 2, and got paid handsomely for it, so it's all good. You should really check the film out. I can't say what it is, but... c'mon. You guys know, right?

P.S. - I think I jumped the gun on everything being all jitter-tastic. Having recently turned the deck off, the settings weren't what I thought they'd be, and as such the "Calibration" was set to ON by mistake. God, I can be stupid. Oh well - crystal clear copy of BIOTHERAPY, here we come!

P.S. x10 - I actually got a confirmation from the company that makes it that it only changes the refresh rate, and doesn't actually stabilize or otherwise correct the signal (despite the product description claiming otherwise by saying it "improves recordings"). Glad I contacted them before dropping $160 on one.

Time to blow all my money at DeepDiscount.com instead. Whee.

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