So, as you may know from the previous post, I am about to move to Sapporo to work with a company called AD-Interactive in software development.
It all started this year while I was finishing my bachelor’s degree, I thought — why not try to get a job somewhere in a different country, though that was mostly impulse and just for fun. I went with Japanese companies because I haven’t been to any other countries, at least not to any that impressed me as much as Japan.
And despite it being just for fun, in the end I actually passed the interview and got a job in ADi. Continue reading →
It’s been a crazy amount of time since my last post on this blog, in fact, the whole Genjitsu Labs website has been under construction for all that time.
But, you know, it seems like done to me. It’s become a central hub of links to various web profiles of mine, so why bother extending it any further? It also hosts my projects just fine, so it’s doing everything it should.
Things have been going on like hell in here.
During all this time I’ve acquired a lot of new interesting vintage hardware, learned to code for the ZX Spectrum in assembly (wanted to do that since a looooong time ago!).
Went many places, as far as Nishinomiya, the town where the Suzumiya Haruhi anime was filmed if I may say so, or Tomsk, which showed me that Siberia isn’t really as cold as they say.
Moved in to my very own home, just to get ready to move to Sapporo for at least a year, but who knows.
Met new people with amazing ideas, and done a lot of interesting things.
In the light of the fact that I won’t be able to take much of my equipment with me, I want to resurrect this blog for the time being.
So, should I write about the things to come, or the things that were? Tell me in the comments if you’d be interested in something in particular 🙂
And stay tuned on other media as well, as those are still much more updated…
If you’re like me, you probably know the service Digitally Imported and likely you were much disappointed due to the fact that they’ve cut off any means for us to listen to the streams in a more convenient player like RadioApp and such.
However after some fiddling it turned out that the protection is next to nothing. Since circumventing it would not eliminate the ads, neither boost the quality (not implying you don’t deserve more — just the way it works 🙂 ), I thought, why not give it a try and make my hardware radio tuner be able to play DI again?
Usually I used my mom’s laptop with PCMCIA and an AverMedia Hybrid TV+FM Cardbus tuner to digitize all my VHS camera recordings.
However that got annoying quite soon, so I got my VCR back into my rack, added a SCART-6xRCA cable, and found the AverMedia Capture98 PCI card I’ve had lying around because a fake chinese EasyCap was giving bullshit image and colors 🙂
However the 2001-dated drivers obviously refused to run on Windows 8.1 64-bit.
The solution is what you see above — yes, DScaler 4!
It supports working with the Conexant chipset directly without the drivers and produces a nice image. I have also installed an x264 encoder to get smaller files (like, 250 MB per 15 minutes average, and I bet the majority of it is uncompressed sound 🙂 ).
The video below was digitized as a test from my SLV-E720 from some weird tape that definitely could do well as a shopping-mall-vaporwave video clip 🙂
Compare the vivid-colored smooth image to a test of a Fushicai Easycap 007 with it’s almost nonexistent colors and jittering frames, and you’ll see why I didn’t wanna go with modern single-chip solutions at all 🙂
Disclaimer: whatever you might do looking at this post, you are doing at your own risk. Batteries are chemistry plus electricity, thus, twice the danger — not only you could get electrocuted, but you could also set yourself on fire or something, if you don’t have the necessary proficiency. All the information here is provided for educational purposes only.
(Yeah, it’s been a lot of posts about batteries here recently 🙂 )
I’ve wanted a VHS camera since a long time ago and recently a chance turned up to get one, a legendary Panasonic M3500.
However, it had no power supply, and the original battery didn’t work too.
When I used some PLS wires to connect to the ⎓ jack at the back, all I got is a No Battery icon and then the camera switched off for no reason.