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    Default Space Pacific Report amd misc material

    Hi everyone

    For those who have an interest in historic Satellite TVRO otherwise called “the good old days”. I have collaborated with Bob Cooper of Satfacts fame (yes he is still around) to archive some of his old videos etc that he produced over many years.

    Some members may remember a 30- 60min show that was aired weekly on Optus B3 @ 152e in the late 90s called “Space Pacific Report” which had numerous stories from Bob and others who were part of a small but enthusiastic Australian and New Zealand Satellite TVRO community of the time.

    It consisted of 14 shows. Unfortunately even though I taped all off then, over time they were all misplaced or thrown out. Bob has some eps which have been transferred from ľ tape to DVD but not the complete set.

    Anyway I have created a dedicated youtube ch, were I am uploading relevant material as it is being converted. This may be of interest to some people.



    If you have any archived Sat TVRO content that you may think is worth sharing or even some “Space Pacific Reports”, feel free to contact me either via PM here or satdxtvro@gmail.com

    I have the ability to transfer most VHS content to either HD or DVD for conversion if you do not have the time or skills.

    Please be aware, much of the content is random but is relevant to Sat TVRO of the time. A lot of the video quality is 1980/90s production, so don’t expect 1080p quality.

    My main goal here is to try and preserve as much of Bob’s material and specifically SPR content as possible. if you have any old eps recorded also let me know. But other Sat TVRO content is still nice.
    I will update this thread as more material is uploaded.

    I must also thank the people behind the scene who have helped me with the production and editing of this material. You know who you are and thanks.

    More to follow.

    Cheers

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    CMOORE ; well that's great. I can relate to those eps. Use to see them on a Sunday arvo on B3.
    Did Bob Cooper show you the piece that NZTV breakfast did on his set up at Coopers Beach, Northland and his story of how he came to be at Coopers Beach?

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    Some experiments have also been done in converting an episode to 4K.. yes from a DVD of a VHS/SD copy of a copy, upscaled using Video Enhance AI by Topaz Labs to 4K
    from 246 MB ->36Gb for the 4K copy

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    Quote Originally Posted by hos here View Post
    CMOORE ; well that's great. I can relate to those eps. Use to see them on a Sunday arvo on B3.
    Did Bob Cooper show you the piece that NZTV breakfast did on his set up at Coopers Beach, Northland and his story of how he came to be at Coopers Beach?

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    Yep I have it here, was a ggod watch. I was asked not to upload it due to possible copyright breach and sensative content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apsattv View Post
    Some experiments have also been done in converting an episode to 4K.. yes from a DVD of a VHS/SD copy of a copy, upscaled using Video Enhance AI by Topaz Labs to 4K
    from 246 MB ->36Gb for the 4K copy
    I had to admit the 4K content came up really good. A lot of work though to get it upscaled. Not sure how YouTube works with such big files.

    I think considering these videos are mainly aimed for a specific audience who understand the nostalgia it's easier to keep it as is for the time being. I don't suspect there will be a huge audience for this stuff anyway.

    Browsing through some of the space eps and reconising some of the people on there. 20years on and they probably don't want to see themselves he he

    I do have a link to Bobs archive page which has heaps of his old stuff going back to the 50s

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    Yes, and its simply upscaling the content. relistically to "remaster" each video would need to be cut into segments and have various filter applied to get rid of ghosting and chroma noise and the interlace issues along with inconsistant weak colour, not to mention the inconsistant juddery frame rates where a mix of 30 24 25 fps content has been used.

    and then there is the Audio resyncing etc

    The benfits of an uncompressed output file for sending to youtube means that it would better survive Youtube archiving/re-encoding. However timewise it may be quicker to do a sd-> HD rather than 4K. Must try the newer 1.70 version as they added support for encoding on AMD GPUS as well as the newer 30 series.

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