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 Post subject: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2015, 04:13 
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Interfaced between the Pioneer LD-700 and the Commodore 64; was this ever released?

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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2015, 07:42 
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I don't see why it wouldn't have come out.
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PostPosted: 25 Nov 2015, 08:46 
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I assume its a typical serial control program that would work on any "pro" deck. The cable is probably just a DB9 on the end and the cart contains the program and a serial interface combined.

I don't know if this exact product was released, but many like it were or were custom made for applications in trade shows, museums, etc, all over the world for decades. They are extremely simple programs that almost anyone could write.
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2015, 09:03 
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I'm still trying to figure out interfacing my LD-V8000 to my Sony editing controller...
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2015, 14:26 
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I am still trying to figure out my equipment

Not much made it on the vastness of the net or if its archive somewhere I've not found it.
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 25 Nov 2015, 18:21 
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The LD700 through CLD-909/LD-V2000 or so have a proprietary control port.

And except for the S1 it has a full range RF output, so you can do a mod-less AC3 connection with the right circuit.
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 30 Nov 2015, 03:40 
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happycube wrote:
I don't see why it wouldn't have come out.


Since I couldn't find any more info about it I wasn't sure. Hard to tell if it was vaporware or just not well documented.
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 02 Dec 2015, 03:03 
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I don't believe it ever did.

There were other Laserdisc to computer units out there. I remember one for the Atari ST that allowed you to play Dragon's Lair, however, not as an action game. You used text commands like a text adventure, and then the action would play out on screen. Not "turn left", but actual sentences and stuff.

There was another unit in Europe that I believe was for the Amiga (and maybe ST), sold on eBay from time to time, with actual arcade lasersdiscs like Thayers Quest, Firefox, Dragons Lair, Space Ace, etc.
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 02 Dec 2015, 03:54 
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https://books.google.com/books?id=Ai8EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA19&dq=%22digital%20research%20inc%22&pg=PA19#v=onepage&q&f=false

Looks like they laid off a quarter of their staff less about a year later, not too encouraging
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 02 Dec 2015, 10:32 
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museld wrote:
I don't believe it ever did.

There were other Laserdisc to computer units out there. I remember one for the Atari ST that allowed you to play Dragon's Lair, however, not as an action game. You used text commands like a text adventure, and then the action would play out on screen. Not "turn left", but actual sentences and stuff.

There was another unit in Europe that I believe was for the Amiga (and maybe ST), sold on eBay from time to time, with actual arcade lasersdiscs like Thayers Quest, Firefox, Dragons Lair, Space Ace, etc.


I remember the interface, it was for ST and Amiga (maybe even other machines) and there was a big test spanning several pages in a german computer magazine which also included a flyer about LD players and available movies. The magazine was called "ASM" and would test games for all systems back at that time. Maybe 1990/1991ish. Later I met someone who owned that system and had bought it together with a Pioneer player (a PAL only player). He still had the floppy disks for Thayer's Quest and Dragon's Lair, but the interface was no longer to be found.
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 04 Dec 2015, 04:18 
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Here's the European one

http://www.dragons-lair-project.com/tec ... schack.asp

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LASER-DISC-GAME ... SwwE5WXXyR
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 04 Dec 2015, 06:08 
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museld wrote:
There were other Laserdisc to computer units out there. I remember one for the Atari ST that allowed you to play Dragon's Lair, however, not as an action game. You used text commands like a text adventure, and then the action would play out on screen. Not "turn left", but actual sentences and stuff.

That sounds a great deal like the abortive RDI Halcyon.
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 Post subject: Re: Digital Research Incorporated Vidlink
PostPosted: 04 Dec 2015, 18:32 
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Yep, except without the price tag.

http://www.atarimania.com/st/boxes/hi_r ... n_d7_2.jpg



http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st ... 29234.html
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