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Workaround for Conexant Fusion 878A on modern systems

March 14, 2016 8:22 pm

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 🙂

Re-celling a Walkman Minidisc battery (LIP-12)

November 30, 2015 12:49 am

Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for whatever damage or loss, physical or mental, related to attempting to repeat something described in this post. It is provided for educational purposes only. Never disassemble electronic devices, especially batteries and battery packs, especially lithium ones, unless you have necessary proficiency and qualification in electronics.

Hey guys, long time no posts 😀

Recently I’ve acquired a Sony MZ-R30 Minidisc player.
It’s a kinda fun format, but the fact that I had to use a 2AA case in order to enjoy my music was quite disappointing.

After fiddling around with the dead LIP-12H that came with it, I came to a conclusion that it’s definitely a somehow packaged 18650 cell.

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