Q. What is the LaserActive Preservation Project (LAP Project)?
A. We are a team of dedicated gaming historians specifically focused on preserving as much as we can about the Pioneer LaserActive, a rather obscure Laserdisc-based game console which (despite its commercial failure) was a trend-setting machine truly ahead of its time. For more information on our goals, see the “About the Project” page.
Q. What exactly are you preserving?
A. Anything we can get our hands on. Games (currently Mega-LD only, but hopefully LD-ROM² games in the future once we acquire the appropriate hardware), promotional material, and other media of any sort (print, video, and audio) is welcome.
Q. I want to help! How can I contribute to the project?
A. There are multiple ways you can help us out:
- If you own any Mega-LD titles you are willing to donate or sell, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have LaserActive titles (or other LaserActive-related media) in your personal collection and also own an up-to-spec video capture device, contact us as the above address. We would love to hear from you, and will work out how to get the media captured and encoded correctly.
- If you don’t own anything LaserActive-related and still want to help us out, you can donate to our LAP Project Fund – 100% safely and securely, through PayPal. This donation fund is strictly for the purchasing of LaserActive software, hardware, and promotional material – nothing else, or your money back.
Q. Are you developing a LaserActive Emulator?
A. No. Emulation of the LaserActive, if attempted at all, would be an incredibly difficult task – due to the hybrid nature of the system’s hardware (utilizing Sega/NEC hardware in synchronization with the unique LD player hardware) and the analog-digital composite image (analog video background, digital in-game graphics generated by said Sega/NEC hardware)
Q. How are you capturing LaserActive games and media?
A. We are using a setup in which we run the LaserActive’s composite video and audio through a Canopus ADVC110 video capture card, effectively converting the signal to digital video. This process also applies to analog promotional material, such as the “Zoom: A Laser Video Magazine” discs.
Q. In what format are you preserving the video?
A. All video files recorded by the LAP Project team (not donated files) are encoded in an uncompressed video container, in order to best preserve the video and audio for the future. As we record more video, these videos will be available for download on the site in various codecs and formats.
Q. Why is some of your video in a different quality or format?
A. Some video files, such as the Melon Brains collection, have been graciously donated to the LAP Project by other interested collectors. They encode the video using their own equipment, explaining the discrepancy. In an ideal world, we at the project would encode all video ourselves – in reality, however, time and money are quite an issue!