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TV Commercial Intros

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Wanting to switch my system intro videos over to the TV Commercial Intros, are these on the FTP anywhere or?

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Hi, emu-movies has some, but what I did was go to youtube, and found commercials there. Here you will find a greater variety of commercials, thus allowing you to really tailor your intros to your preferences.

Once you have found a commercial you like, change the address at the top by placing an "ss" before the word youtube.

For example:

From,

To, http://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=BrI-A94aLfo

Hit enter, and this will take you to savefrom.net. What's great about this site is that you can download the video in a multitude of difference formats and qualities; FLV 240p, 360p, 480p, or Mp4 360p, 720p, and ect. With the latest update, Hyperspin now supports more formats, but when FLV was the only format this was a great resource.

Additionally, I like to use video intros on all the games in my library, but emu-movies doesn't have everything you might be looking for, and so again this is a great resource for that as well.

Hope this helps, because I was of the same mindset that I wanted commercials for the system intros rather than game play videos.

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I still remember all the words to an Atari 2600 ad from when I was a wee Hyperspinner.

Might dig that up for an intro, quality is probably bad though.

Thanks for the idea VistorQ

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I actually have my cabinet all set up with TV commercials for all systems already. Since we don't have a media randomizer yet (that randomizes each time a wheel item is selected, at least), I went ahead and made montages of videos for each system. Spent quite a bit of time on it actually. I'll post up a video here later tonight of a capture from my machine, just to give an idea of what it looks like.

On a related note, I've been thinking a lot about possibly starting a new project here, since I read about what HyperPause can do. Since we can now add videos per game, I'm thinking of doing just that with classic TV commercials for games and related franchises (Showbiz Pizza, Chuck E. Cheese, etc.). Wouldn't it be cool if we had a repository (probably on EmuMovies), with every video game commercial ever made, already organized in such a way so as to easily drop into our HyperLaunch media folders and thus be playable from HyperPause? Sure, YouTube has a lot, but the ripping and cataloging process is tedious. We could save ourselves hours of work by having this video database available.

Would anyone here be interested in helping out with a project like that, if I was crazy enough to try and get it off the ground?

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Ive got a bunch of old school commercials.Would you like me to upload them to the ftp?

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Yeah I have a bunch as well but I am not 100% sure how well they are sorted. I like your idea vindic8r and would be willing to help. You should upload what you have done already to the ftp if you don't mind sharing, I would love to see/ use what you have done already.

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Does sound like a cool idea. Maybe it doesn't mater so much, but is there a way to get over the quality issues? I'm only going by what I've seen on the

tubes and some of those are very poor VHS rips.

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Lately ive found myself loading up a game,pausing it and watching old commercials and reading manuals more then playing the actual game! HL 3 is so awesome :)

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I'm glad there's some interest here.

Yeah, gigapig, quality issues are a big thing. Here's one site I found that's captured many thousands of hours of footage of varying quality that is likely to have a wealth of content:

http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/

But it too is mostly based on VHS rips. Finding higher quality stuff would require getting it from the agencies that made the spots back in the day, assuming they're still around and/or still have it, and or getting the footage of the spots from the companies that paid to have them created - Atari, ColecoVision, etc. But since many of these companies are dead (Coleco) or completely reinvented now (Atari), I doubt that avenue will turn much up either.

It seems there are a number of libraries that have higher quality source footage, but I'm not sure if it would be possible to get access to digital copies of the footage for home/hobby use.

The Library of Congress has some collections, as does Duke University:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/mopic/findaid/mpfind.html

http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews/about/

The motherlode seems to be the UCLA collection:

http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/collections/television-commercials

Before we start pulling assets together, I'd like to get a set of standards for this project nailed down. I'm also reaching out to Circo and others to see how we can get this integrated with Emumovies and eventually, HyperSync.

Stay tuned!

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Great info vindic8r, I shall spend some time looking through those sites.

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I'm glad there's some interest here.

Yeah, gigapig, quality issues are a big thing. Here's one site I found that's captured many thousands of hours of footage of varying quality that is likely to have a wealth of content:

http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/

But it too is mostly based on VHS rips. Finding higher quality stuff would require getting it from the agencies that made the spots back in the day, assuming they're still around and/or still have it, and or getting the footage of the spots from the companies that paid to have them created - Atari, ColecoVision, etc. But since many of these companies are dead (Coleco) or completely reinvented now (Atari), I doubt that avenue will turn much up either.

It seems there are a number of libraries that have higher quality source footage, but I'm not sure if it would be possible to get access to digital copies of the footage for home/hobby use.

The Library of Congress has some collections, as does Duke University:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/mopic/findaid/mpfind.html

http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews/about/

The motherlode seems to be the UCLA collection:

http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/collections/television-commercials

Before we start pulling assets together, I'd like to get a set of standards for this project nailed down. I'm also reaching out to Circo and others to see how we can get this integrated with Emumovies and eventually, HyperSync.

Stay tuned!

wow, very cool.

Why don't you send a PM to Circo?

I would think the files should be named in a no-intro format for what they are. See how he would want something like that spearheaded though.

I definitely support this. I would think a trump system would be most appropriate for these because we can't really demand high quality rips only - the rarity and likelyhood of ANYTHING OTHER than vhs rips is limiting. Catalog each one and replace it if a higher quality one is found.

FWIW I have a copy of a torrent with maybe 500mb of commercials I snagged back when underground gamer was alive. If you want some starting scratch let me know and we can figure out how to get it to you.

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Thanks, tastyratz! Yeah, I already PM'd Circo. We'll see what he's thinking.

That torrent content would be an awesome way to kick this thing off, for sure. I'll hopefully have more details on where this will live and the standards soon, so we can get the ball rolling.

Totally agree on the trump system. It was exactly what I was thinking.

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I actually have over 5Gbs of them that I would be willing to share, quality varies of course.

Ready to help.

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Dang, Visitor Q! That would be awesome. Between those of us on this thread, I think we'll have north of 6 GB of stuff to start with, easily. The trick is going to be organizational structure to make sure this all easily migrates into HS/HP. I'm thinking we'll probably want to separate the system-level videos from the game-specific ones, for starters. Game specific vids would be organized to drop into the HyperLaunch media folder, while the system videos would be organized to drop into the HyperSpin media folder. Make sense? Sound right?

I'm waiting to hear back from Circo. I know he's crazy busy. Once he and I connect and align on next steps, I'll let everyone know via this thread where we're headed.

Thanks all!

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I setup an FTP server on my home computer today and it seems like it's working. If you guys wanna relay some of this stuff through me that's fine. I can PM you some login info.

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:)

The biggest issue is going to be quality (as stated prior) but where ever you decide you want me to up them, let me know.

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Sorry I haven't chimed in on this, been a busy week for me.

We do have a decent collection but with the multiple video support in HyperPause Im pretty jazzed up about this. I have been working with rain on a new submission and file system and it should be up and running in a week or two. I think we should follow the hyperpause file structure for submissions and i'm willing to help sort them, clean, normalize and integrate into the master hyperpause directory.

I've been waiting for a cool use for commercials in my set up for years so looking forward to making progress on this one.

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