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Subject: [OM] Re: CDs, was Question on DVDs
From: "John Hermanson" <omtech@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 14:01:28 -0400
David, you seem very knowledgeable and I appreciate all of it, as I know 
nothing about that industry.  For my own info I've contacted both 
manufacturers you mentioned in an attempt to find out what labels their 
discs are sold under.  If they respond, I'll pass it on. Right now, with 
home recording, I am transferring some 'rare' personal favorite laserdiscs 
(Blind Fury (Rutger Hauer), The Blob (remake), Suspiria, War of the Worlds) 
onto dvd.  Started with reel to reel, 8 track, cassette,  cd, now dvd's.

John Hermanson
Camtech Photo Services, Inc.
21 South Lane, Huntington, NY, 11743-4714,
631-424-2121, www.zuiko.com
Olympus OM Service since 1977
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Reed" <david1953@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <olympus@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 1:20 PM
Subject: [OM] Re: CDs, was Question on DVDs

> Jonas,
> Let me clarify my knowledge, or the lack thereof.
> I have had to wait many years, until just 6 weeks ago, to acquire my
> first DVD recorder. It is installed in my PC.
> I have been around computers since a neighbor taught me to keypunch on
> the humungous IBM mainframe he operated in 1965.
> I was ten at the time and he was able to do this in 3 Saturday mornings,
> each a 4 hour visit to his system.
> I have been working with PCs' since I taught myself to program in BASIC
> in 1985.
> I have been a systems tech, network administrator, network engineer,
> software support specialist, and have built many a PC.
> As a videowall tech and audio/video production tech, I have been
> intimate with audio/video technology used in entertainment and
> convention/exhibit venues since the mid 1970's.
> I have had produced, from original 1" Betacam tape, finished laserdiscs
> by 3M in Minneapolis.
> I am not and would not claim to be an expert regarding the manufacturing
> of media used for either video or audio tape, laserdiscs or DVD/CDs'.
> In recent years, I have only learned as much as is necessary for me to
> produce backup copies of some of my personally owned software and DVD
> movies, for safekeeping and data backups of my PC system, and to keep my
> PC Operating Sytem updated and working properly.
> Having spent far too much time & energy over the years in some of the
> fields of work mentioned above, to stay on the leading "bleeding" edge
> of technology, just to stay in step or, even at times, a step ahead of
> the competition nipping at my heels ready to eat me for lunch (mostly
> persons half my age), since exiting the professional pursuit of the
> almighty dollar, I have really not tried to know all there is to know.
> In 1998, I made a right-turn out of the fast lane in Las Vegas and
> landed in southwest Missouri, got a job driving an over-the-road
> 18-wheeler truck, no great mental challenge, but not as easy as some
> would like to think, in my efforts to make a "lifestyle" change and
> still make an honest living. I feel I have succeeded in that endeavor
> since, at this time, I sold my own 18-wheeler 1 year ago and got a job
> driving someone elses' 10-wheel dump-truck locally and now I get to
> sleep in my own bed every night and eat meals in my own kitchen every
> night and see my wife and daughter daily. Instead of only 2-3 times a 
> month.
> I appreciate your comments and those of others that can help all of us
> to better understand the problems associated with selecting quality
> media for whatever purpose we have in mind, be it film photography, or
> audio/video reproduction.
> Jonas Otter wrote:
>>David Reed wrote:
>>>At the following link you will find a tool that tells you the media ID
>>>of a disc.
>>Note that the media ID of a disc is physically encoded into the 
>>side-to-side meander of the track on the disc, therefore it comes from the 
>>glass master used to press the plastic blank used to make the disc, so it 
>>will really only show you who made the master or the machine that made the 
>>master, not who pressed and/or coated the actual disc. They are often not 
>>the same company, and what really counts is not who made the master, but 
>>the quality of the various coatings. Many discs are made in China by 
>>companies that have bought masters or mastering equipment from somebody 
>>else. Thus you need to take any information the media ID may give you with 
>>many large fistfuls of salt.

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