> I wanted such a LDP model, just for being more flexible while capturing. I would > rather buy 2 LDP models, then going your adviced route. Going such a long signal > route, would degrade the material for sure.
Agreed. That suggestion, BTW, was based in part on a misunderstanding on my behalf; more on that below:
> There are PAL LD-games outthere, at least > SailorSat´s Dragons Lair is in PAL, for example.
OK, that clears things up a bit. I'm aware of the existence of the Dragon's Lair and DL2 Euro hardware, but didn't know that the discs (and, presumably, players) used in those games were PAL. This makes sense, since Atari and Sidam had manufacturing rights in Europe for those games - but IIRC, Firefox was also released in Europe (in *very* small numbers) in US-manufactured cabinets with NTSC players. Ditto other games originating in the US or Japan.
Either way, that brings up some interesting points: firstly, that there would need to be captures done of both PAL and NTSC media from native players (i.e., no conversion of source formats); secondly, whether or not the DL and DL2 PAL discs were full PAL remasters from the source films or if they were NTSC to PAL conversions from master tapes.
I don't know enough about the potential differences between an NTSC and PAL DL disc to say if the following is feasible or not, but if the content is the same between both then doing an NTSC to PAL conversion and capture from an NTSC disc would produce a functionally-similar end result. Not exactly the same and ultimately pointless because PAL discs exist, but it may be an option.
> Anyway, there is no interest in captured dumps, so this discussion is pointless.
My feeling is that it's not so much a case of there being no interest in captured dumps as much as it is that there's no-one currently working on the issue and no agreed-upon format for storing the video in a way that suits preservation goals. That person will need access to discs, players, and capture hardware, as well as video codecs capable of preserving the video output in a way that can be read, manipulated, and displayed true to the original hardware. Even if a person who can meet those criteria is found, they still need to have the time and motivation to take this project on as a volunteer. That's a tall order.