Existing computer hardware/software to extract or view CDV (1985-1990) content?

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It seems as if this issue may have already been answered.

I have a modest collection of CDVs from the mid- to late-80s. Since the advent of CD-R(W) burners and DVD-ROM peripherals, I have been unable to locate any hardware (and software support) that can recognize the video track that follows the audio tracks in a CDV. Are there any options to do this?

If direct A?D extraction is not an option, then is there a way to extract analogue video/audio information from a laserdisc player onto a hard drive for digital manipulation? Any expert insight is highly valued. Thanks.

-- juli goins-maclean (juxtaposed_ltd@hotmail.com), November 17, 1999


I also had CDVs but I gave them away after digitizing them for posterity. To make it simple, I simply played them back on an existing Pioneer CLD1080 player, captured the results with my setup (half-res MJPEG avi w/Marvel G200), and encoded with Panasonic to *.mpg. CDVs have only about 6mins. of analogue video/digital audio each and so it wasn't really that difficult. If placed on a CD-ROM drive the video track can't be seen because it's analogue. Even if the audio is linear 44K/16bit/PCM digital it's multiplexed with the analogue video so it as well can't be seen as normal files, unlike the stand-alone *.cdda tracks. So straight capture "the long way" may be your only option. Too bad if you don't have your ancient combi LD player with you.

-- EMartinez (epmartinez@hotmail.com), November 17, 1999.

Fuck you! you son of a bitch laserdisc players r cool and they ain't anchient!

-- Archie Ray Peterson (ll_coolart@yahoo.com), January 05, 2001.

This whole fucking Board is useless! All it is is a bunch of assholes who do not know a fucking thing about this topic?Where the fucking hell are the people who know how to make and read Laserdisc format CDV's with a P.C? IT IS POSSIBLE YOU FUCKING KNOW NOTHINGS!! STOP BEING A BUNCH A FUCKING ASSHOLES AND GIVE US THE INFORMATION!!!!

-- Ethan Crane (koros7@hotmail.com), April 25, 2001.

Yes laserdisc players r cool and they ain't anchient! But be warned, no new consumer laserdisc will be made and no new laserdisc player will be avaiable soon.

Yes it seems no one so far on this board knows how to make and read Laserdisc format CDV's with a PC. Is this a crime? This is a VCD board and not a CDV board.

To the last poster, if you are so... clever, why don't you write your own program and start your own forum on this topic.

Have you ever given a thought that there may be no such program around? You must already know that Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player don't support CDV.

-- VCD (VCD@VCD.com), April 25, 2001.


I have a CDV disc with Anita Baker...and don't ask how I got it, cos I don't remeber. It contains 3 AUDIO tracks and 1 VIDEO track. I was hoping that a software like ISOBUSTER could extract the video as RAW data but it doesn't seem to work. Maybe some RIPP/EXTRACT software will have this feature availible in newer revisions. We can only hope.


-- Dregen (skylewk@hotmail.com), October 09, 2001.

hay i have a panasonic laserdisk that support cdv and would like it very much if you could make a iso image of that cd so i could try and make cdv's to play in the drive thanks wantobe hacker developer thank i use kazaa to share files i'll be looking for cdv_format in my search anybody help cool if i can work it i'll post my results thanks to much free time!

-- kminfo mccracken (kminfo@uswestmail.net), February 20, 2002.

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