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 Post subject: Anyone want a MovieCD?
PostPosted: 14 May 2013, 21:41 
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Hello fans of anime on obsolete formats. I've been holding on to three pieces of anime obscurity for a while, but now it's your turn to experience the obscure joy! For absolutely nothing (maybe chip in a few bucks for shipping), you can own a piece of forgotten formats with 3 MovieCD PC CD-ROM for Windows 95 and 3.1. Sold in the mid 90's with little success, this format makes up for its poor quality with its extreme obscurity. These discs are guaranteed to increase in value, if value is based on the "Buy It Now" prices on eBay. Act now, and you'll receive:

New Dominion Tank Police volume 2 (Sealed with CompUSA price tag attached) (2 discs)
Dominion Tank Police Part 1 (Acts 1 and 2) (2 discs)
Ninja Scroll (2 discs)

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PostPosted: 14 May 2013, 22:52 
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these are really cool, they are on CD discs and i had some horror that i sold in the past.
really for the diehard collector.
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PostPosted: 15 May 2013, 10:12 
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I'm guessing this is just another name for VCD?
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PostPosted: 15 May 2013, 14:28 
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hippiedalek wrote:
I'm guessing this is just another name for VCD?

Nah, these were much crappier than VCD.

VCD used MPEG-1 compression codec at a resolution of 352x240 at 30fps

These discs used a proprietary codec called Motion Pixels at 320x236 at 16fps

I wouldn't bother.
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PostPosted: 15 May 2013, 15:55 
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The upside to the codec was there were no "blocking" artifacts. The color reproduction is pretty crappy, though. Also, it feels like you can see the individual columns of pixels. Could be the hardware I was running on, though.
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 Post subject: Re: Anyone want a MovieCD?
PostPosted: 15 May 2013, 16:14 
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Yeah, no blocking artifacts because it was running at 16fps! Which means it looks as smooth as the surface of the moon.
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PostPosted: 16 May 2013, 07:05 
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One lucky collector has snatched up Ninja Scroll. Don't let either incomplete Tank Police series slip through your fingers. Order NOW! (to prevent me from packing two items for my next move).
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 Post subject: Re: Anyone want a MovieCD?
PostPosted: 19 May 2013, 02:27 
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dominion tank police is a fun series.

i used to have a couple moviecds. i think i still have MORTAL KOMBAT somewhere.
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PostPosted: 19 May 2013, 18:24 
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so far I can't seem to get Ninja Scroll working on any computer. I only have win7, Vista and XP though I will have try DOSbox or the free emulators. I wish I could remember the first one I bought years ago that I had to return to the store because it couldn't work. I think it was either Ghost in the Shell or Macross Plus.
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PostPosted: 20 May 2013, 04:15 
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currently the only way to play them is in a win95/win98 virtual machine after installing the codec.
the codec was never updated to run on winxp or newer.
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PostPosted: 21 May 2013, 05:12 
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Resurrected my old Packard Bell Pentium (I think 66MHz) with 16MB of RAM. Here's the computer trying to play New Dominion Tank Police Volume 2: http://youtu.be/gO8WSLENnlA. This was the second attempt. On the first attempt, I tried to do full-screen and the program locked up and had to be killed.
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 Post subject: Re: Anyone want a MovieCD?
PostPosted: 21 May 2013, 06:05 
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wow, that is really horrible.
like i said, i had 3 horror films and sold them sealed as collectors items, i really wanted to test them but didn't
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PostPosted: 21 May 2013, 06:59 
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I'm pretty sure this PC doesn't really meet the requirements. A PII would probably run it much better.
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PostPosted: 21 May 2013, 15:18 
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signofzeta wrote:
I'm pretty sure this PC doesn't really meet the requirements. A PII would probably run it much better.


It would run MUCH better on a PII, but the codec was designed before the PIIs were available.
Minimum requirements are pretty light.
486/66 processor, 8MB RAM, 2x CD-ROM, local-bus video adapter with 1MB RAM, 128Kb level 2 cache, Soundblaster Pro
My system is Pentium 60, 40MB RAM, 256Kb level 2 cache, SB Pro. Not sure of the video RAM. Played around with some BIOS settings and couldn't improve the quality. I think I may be using a single-speed CD-ROM which may explain some of the lag.
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PostPosted: 21 May 2013, 16:28 
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I didn't buy this to play so I'm not going to bother with it more. DOSBOX on my Acer Aspire 6920 is messed up. somehow some of the keys got mixed up with each other. Such as the right shift doesn't work but the left one does and when I try to type \ I get ].
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PostPosted: 21 May 2013, 17:20 
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hoyeboye wrote:
signofzeta wrote:
I'm pretty sure this PC doesn't really meet the requirements. A PII would probably run it much better.


It would run MUCH better on a PII, but the codec was designed before the PIIs were available.
Minimum requirements are pretty light.
486/66 processor, 8MB RAM, 2x CD-ROM, local-bus video adapter with 1MB RAM, 128Kb level 2 cache, Soundblaster Pro
My system is Pentium 60, 40MB RAM, 256Kb level 2 cache, SB Pro. Not sure of the video RAM. Played around with some BIOS settings and couldn't improve the quality. I think I may be using a single-speed CD-ROM which may explain some of the lag.


When did these things come out? I was thinking it was 1997 or so.

But yeah, CDROM performance is hugely important to something like this since its constantly streaming from the disc.
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PostPosted: 22 May 2013, 00:22 
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signofzeta wrote:
When did these things come out? I was thinking it was 1997 or so.

But yeah, CDROM performance is hugely important to something like this since its constantly streaming from the disc.


You are correct, the date in the user manual is 1997.
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PostPosted: 24 May 2013, 02:51 
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i remember talking to a guy in egghead computer store (haha remember those?) who said a customer tried loading one of the movie cds up in windows media player, and it locked the whole system up so badly he had to reformat it.

i was able to play mortal kombat and 'friday' moviecds fine using wmp or the official moviecd player in win98 however.
the quality i thought was pretty bad. worse than vcd, lots of blocks.
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PostPosted: 24 May 2013, 03:17 
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It kind of makes you wonder what the point was of inventing a new format that is worse than VCD years after VCD when you could just use...VCD. VCD is actually pretty light on CPU usage too, comparatively speaking.
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PostPosted: 25 May 2013, 00:34 
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my first dvd player was an RCA with DIVX from CC. I got a good deal on it and free movies but it was when DIVX pretty much went obsolete. Why they needed it who knows but there's always interesting formats.
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