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  1. acraven

    May Schedule Is Up

    The May schedule is available now: <http://www.tcm.com/schedule/monthly.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-5-01> .
  2. To convert a video tape to DVD you need 1) a working VCR and 2) a device that will convert the VCR signal to digital format. #2 can be a DVR (some of us have Magnavoxes or other brands with hard disks), a video capture card inside a regular computer, or an external device that plugs into a computer. I have used both a DVR and a card inside my PC. The nice thing about all of these methods is that they also allow you to record and make DVDs from new broadcasts by connecting your choice of device #2 to your cable box (or cable, or antenna), though copy-protected broadcasts may require workarounds. Programming a DVR is a lot like programming a VCR. Timed recordings can also be set up on a computer with the right software. The computer-based techniques make editing (like removing commercials) easier and more precise than using a DVR, which is helpful on both new broadcasts and videotape conversions. It's not hard to convert tapes to DVD, but the quality you get from VCR tapes is not good unless you recorded just 2 hours per standard tape (SP speed) and your tapes are still in good shape. I'd recommend attempting conversions only for things not available commercially on DVD and not being rebroadcast, such as old sporting events or classic TV shows not showing up in syndication. I'm not admitting how many movies I have on DVD. Let's just say I'm glad I have a spare bedroom. Recording movies can be addictive. I've finally reached the point that there's not a lot of new stuff for me on TCM--which I'm not sorry about, given how many unwatched movies I already have on DVD. However, I still use an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of what's coming up so I can figure out what will be recorded on each device. I list date, time, channel, program name, IMDb rating (movies only), duration (movies only, in case it helps eliminate overlaps). I have a separate column for each recording device (no, I'm not going to tell you how many of those I have, either) so I can plot equipment usage. This allows me to monitor availability of reruns (popular on PBS) so I can deal with recording conflicts. By necessity I'm doing better about watching things rather than automatically burning practically every movie I'm interested in to a DVD, but I'm a big believer in getting things off the DVR or computer as quickly as possible so I don't stand to lose too much if there's a hard drive failure. Anything really important to me gets put on a DVD quite quickly, which I then proof (fast forward through) to verify completeness. Just yesterday I caught an EBS alert marring La Ceremonie, and I was lucky enough to find that movie still available via TCM On Demand. I maintain a list of DVDs, alphabetized by title, that shows source (channel), name, whether I've watched the program or not, and any important reservations about quality of the video (such as the edited length if the movie has been cut). I now also include movies and programs I've watched rather than converted to DVD (marked as such), because I found I was recording things I had already seen. I try to remember to check this list before setting up any recording. I have a separate document on which I track episodes of TV shows I'm keeping, so I can be certain they are complete. I store the physical DVDs in thin jewel cases. Although I started with everything alphabetized together, it made for an awkward number of boxes, so I decided to split out a few categories: travel shows, cooking shows, documentaries, musical programming, and TV series. That has helped a little--those categories are much more accessible, but the boxes of movies and miscellany are still a problem. Because of the effort required to shift boxes around, I let a stack of movie DVDs build up for quite a while and file the whole bunch at one time.
  3. acraven

    Looking ahead at 31 Days of Oscar

    The Dustin Hoffman version of "Death of a Salesman" was mentioned earlier in this thread. ThisTV will broadcast it several times later this month. If IMDb is correct about the running time (listed at 136 minutes), ThisTV apparently either has a slightly edited version or will fast-scroll the closing credits to fit the 3-hour time block. Broadcast schedule for the Washington DC area: Fri, 11/20, 12:30 AM - 3:30 AM Sat, 11/21, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Mon, 11/23, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  4. acraven

    Looking ahead at 31 Days of Oscar

    Movieplex showed A Separation at least twice during September. That channel may still hold the rights, in which case it is likely to show up again. However, it's not on either the November or December schedule.
  5. acraven

    June 2015 Schedule Is Up

    Apologies for starting this unnecessary thread. I thought I was searching for the July schedule. Then I thought I had found it. Then I typed "June", which at least matched the info I was staring at. What can I say? It's almost midnight.
  6. The June 2015 schedule is available here (at the moment): http://www.tcm.com/schedule/monthly.html?tz=est&sdate=2015-6-01
  7. acraven

    June Schedule is Up

    The June schedule is now visible: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/monthly.html?tz=est&sdate=2015-6-01
  8. acraven

    TV work by film stars you must see...!

    I remember really liking Martin Sheen in "The Execution of Private Slovik", a made-for-TV movie broadcast in 1974. I hope to see it again someday, though I'm sure I'll still find it disturbing.
  9. The February 2015 schedule is available here: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/monthly.html?tz=est&sdate=2015-2-01 It's heavy on repeats, as always for February, but I'm very glad for an opportunity to catch these movies on TV in uncut form: Deliverance Barry Lyndon The Great Santini The Emigrants Running on Empty The Fisher King
  10. acraven

    December Schedule Is Up

    A bunch of Ingmar Bergman movies are slotted for the night of December 3. Haven't checked to see whether they are the same ones previously scheduled but not shown, but I was glad to see Through a Glass Darkly listed.
  11. The December schedule is available here: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/monthly.html?tz=est&sdate=2014-12-01 . Edited to correct link to schedule, which is active as of the time of this post (5:20 PM EDT).
  12. Pather Panchali definitely is in the clear, because TCM showed it back in October as part of the "Story of Film" series. That's why I'd prefer Apu this time. For now I guess Apu will have to stay on my "get-from-Netflix-the-next-time-I-join" list. ETA: One curious thing about this schedule is that Avalon, which TCM has scheduled on September 3, is due to be shown on Movies! on September 2. Roman Holiday has been shown on both networks recently, but not just one day apart.
  13. Although there are many interesting films that will be new to me, I was sorry to see that The World of Apu has disappeared from the schedule. This is at least the second time that particular film has appeared on a preliminary schedule but not on the final one, so now I'm wondering whether there's a difficult-to-resolve rights issue.
  14. acraven

    TCM Premieres

    Actually, I'm pretty sure that it has. It was on the schedule for June 7, 2010. I can't say for sure that it was broadcast on that date, but I have a recording of the movie, and I don't know where I would have gotten it, if not from TCM.
  15. acraven

    Recording movies

    Public Service Announcement Two posters have alluded to the high cost of shipping videotapes they'd like to give away. It's actually not that expensive. The trick is to take the box(es) to the local post office and ask for "Media Mail". Just today I sent 18 lb. of books across the country for $10.63. Eighteen pounds of videotapes (or DVDs or music CDs) would cost the same, to any US destination. Forty pounds would cost $20.75. Correspondence isn't allowed in Media Mail, nor are magazines/newspapers, videogames, or software (even if recorded on tape, CD, or DVD). The Media Mail weight limit is 70 lb. per box ($34.55), but tapes are bulky rather than heavy, so you must be careful not to exceed the size limit of 108 inches in length + girth. The length is the longest dimension. The girth is measured all the way around the other two dimensions. Example: A box that's 20 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 12 inches deep has a length + girth of 74 inches. Media Mail moves at the same speed as parcel post (slowly), so the recipient needs to be patient unless s/he doesn't live very far from the sender. How many movies do I have on DVD? Way too many!

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