Originally posted by Smoker
[B]it depends on the make and model of the player as to what exactly it is able to play. without knowing that we cant help ya much.
but there are LD players that can play VCD (my magnavox does) and pioneer is still making LD/DVD combos that can handle vcd and svcd. [/B]
I doubt that. CD-V is not the same thing as VCD, and I’ve never yet seen an LD player (except for the Pioneer combo DVD/LD models) that can handle any digital video format. CD-V is a CD-sized disc containing something like 5 minutes of analog video and 20 minutes of CD format digital audio, and the audio portion will play on a CD player. CD-V discs do not contain the conventional analog soundtracks of an LD, and so can only be played on players that specifically support them.
And it’s not an “Analog-esque” format, it’s an analog format (with digital sound added sometime in the '80s, and then DTS and AC-3 worked in in the '90s). (I have 7 players and around 300 movies - inluding the original Star Wars trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Last Crusade, which I’ve had since before DVD existed… (I didn’t like Temple of Doom so I never bought it)
LD is the grandfather of CD and DVD, some of the patents developed for LaserDisc are still used in DVD. LD has been around since the late '70s (originally known as MCA DiscoVision).
If you’re in the USA, take a look on eBay, you’ll find lots of players and movies, usually for good prices.
If you’re looking to “copy” LD movies, you can copy them to videotape, or you can use a capture device to get them on the PC in whatever format you want.