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    New Old PB Video!

    I uploaded a machine-shop video a couple days ago, and decided to root through some of my old hard drives for some of the other videos I've shot over the years. I didn't find exactly what I was looking for, but I did find what was probably the first decent video I ever made. (Not that the list of videos in total is all that long.

    It's from 2004, and demos an '04 Speed I'd just finished modding.

    https://youtu.be/JEfFyALZrV8

    I shot that using an 8mm tape cassette camcorder. I converted ("digitized") the footage with some even-then-antique doohickey I'd bought at the local Radio Shack. The box proudly stated it was "fully Windows 95 Compatible!"

    It heavily compressed the data as it 'captured' it, leading to the really blocky, lo-res look to it. Worse, it also compressed the static images I used for the intro and outro screens, giving those that funky broken-up look as well.

    I suppose that's to be expected from something that was probably designed to work with just eight megs of RAM.

    The editing software that came with it was easy to use- limited, but easy- but also crashed, like, constantly. Basically if you tried to do more than maybe six edits, it'd crash. Of course, sometimes it'd load just far enough to crash, but occasionally would actually let me complete a project.

    Keeping in mind this was pre-YouTube. I had to load these to my own host, and to watch them, you had to download it and run it locally.

    As for the marker hardware: It may not seem all that groundbreaking today, but keep in mind this was cutting-edge stuff seventeen(!) years ago. That was an '04 WDP Angel Speed, four of which I modded for a local (well, up in Anchorage) tourney team. They took the modified guns to a tourney in Huntington Beach, where they worked flawlessly.

    Angels back then were chop-o-matics. I could go into the reasonings thereof, but suffice to say there were several design issues that made them pretty hard on paint. KM2 made a pretty high-end board as a replacement for the factory unit, and also gave it a breakbeam ACE (anti-chop eye) rather than WDP's failed "piezoelectric" touch sensor.

    KM2 made them, and I was one of the various people doing installs. This team contracted me to do these four- only two of which I ever got paid for, by the way- and while I was doing the installs, I invented and developed my DynaBolt for the Angel.

    The Dyna cured one major flaw with the early Angels: In order to make their "RotaBreech" system work (their way of making the bolt quickly removable) the bolt face had to be set back 3 or 4 mm further than most markers, AND, with a heavily 'cupped' bolt face, that allowed the ball to roll relatively far back.

    In fact, here's that exact gun:



    The Dyna went a long way toward curing that, and markedly improved reliability. Between that and the better ACE system, it changed the nature of the marker.

    Point in fact, in '06, WDP themselves revised the design to do essentially the same thing- using a cam mechanism, it'd move the bolt forward... about 3-4mm.

    As for the laptop at the end, that was a custom chrony setup that KM2 and I were trying to develop. It'd not only chrony each ball and graph the results, but give you a total, peak and average ROF, including graphing things like time-between-shots and whatnot.

    It was a LOT of fun to play with.

    It was, however, also pretty buggy, and the entire continent between me and the software guy kind of limited the whole development program. That end readout? The true ROF was closer to 21 per second, not 28.

    During single shots, the chrony part agreed closely- but rarely exactly- with my big radar chronograph, so that part was at least reasonably accurate.

    I'm sure today somebody could do the same thing with some little clip-on Bluetooth thing, that'd display to your smartphone or something- but keep in mind neither Bluetooth nor smartphones had been invented in '04.

    Anyway, thought you might like to see a little old-timey paintball history, and maybe at least the back of Doc's neck.

    Doc.
    Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
    The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
    Paintball in the Movies!

    #2
    Great read as always. Love that computer

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      #3
      As Unnecessary I feel the rof race was. That was still great to read and watch. I Miss those days. Back then all my friends were getting heavy into the latest and greatest/fastest. And I just plugged along with my AGD 68 Automag and Revy.

      Hard to tell what loader were ya feeding that beast with? Halo A?
      AGD 68 Automag, AGD ULE 68 Automag, Azodin KPII, Tippmann SL68II, Umarex TR50.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Hobbes View Post
        Great read as always. Love that computer
        -That thing was an antique even in '04. BUT... it still booted up and ran just fine- Win 98- when I finally gave it away about five years ago.

        Hard to tell what loader were ya feeding that beast with? Halo A?
        -Not sure I ever had an A, pretty sure that was a B. And in '04, pretty much THE only force-fed loader at the time.

        I believe I still have that one, too, though the original shells fell apart on me about ten years ago. I've got it in a Hybrid hull now, and still worked great when I last used it, about five-six years ago.

        Doc.
        Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
        The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
        Paintball in the Movies!

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          #5
          Where should new videos go?

          I'm starting to work on a short series of videos involving a little shopwork. I have no idea how they'll turn out, as I'm pretty new at this, but I'm going to try to make them fairly entertaining. They may not be as great as This Old Tony, but that's kind of what I'm shooting for.

          Since they'll have paintball content, naturally I'd like to post 'em here. I see there's a subforum for videos, but that gets near-zero traffic. Should I keep 'em in there just to be polite, or spam 'em out here where you blokes and blokettes and see 'em.

          Doc.
          Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
          The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
          Paintball in the Movies!

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          • un2xs
            un2xs commented
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            You could always follow the In Range example and post them to Porn Hub. More of the Mods might see them there. ;-)

          #6
          That's pretty cool. The total lack of proper deinterlacing gives it a real 1995 feel, in 2004. Watch YouTube pull/mute it after it gets a DMCA complaint for the ~1 second of Nirvana that can be heard near the end.

          Originally posted by DocsMachine View Post
          I'm sure today somebody could do the same thing with some little clip-on Bluetooth thing, that'd display to your smartphone or something- but keep in mind neither Bluetooth nor smartphones had been invented in '04.
          <pedantic>Actually, both were pretty mature technologies by 2004. Bluetooth dates back to the late 80's, and had been in use for about 5 years in 2004. At that time mostly by trivial things like headsets, keyboards, mice, barcode readers, etc. Smartphones date back to the mid-90's, and by 2004 there were models that looked and functioned very similar to today's models.</pedantic>

          I can haz feedback?
          If I owe you feedback, just remind me, as I sometimes forget.

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            #7
            Originally posted by William the Third View Post
            That's pretty cool. The total lack of proper deinterlacing gives it a real 1995 feel, in 2004.
            -Back in '04, the only thing I had access to was a borrowed cassette camcorder. And as I recall, it only had RCA outputs to connect it to a TV so you could watch it. You had to have a "digitizer" that converted the analog video output into a digital signal so you could do something with int on your PC.

            Good ones weren't cheap, and I couldn't afford one. I found a new-old-stock one in a Radio Shack, and not knowing any better, bought it and tried to make use of it. The videos came out terrible-as shown- and the software crashed repeatedly. I couldn't afford better, so I never really did anything more with them.

            Watch YouTube pull/mute it after it gets a DMCA complaint for the ~1 second of Nirvana that can be heard near the end.
            -Kind of afraid of that, actually. But if I have to take it down and repost with the last two seconds muted, no big loss. I have no major plans to ever really "monetize" the videos, I simply don't have time to produce anything on any kind of a semi-regular basis

            <pedantic>Actually, both were pretty mature technologies by 2004.
            -Oh, I know. I was kind of going by most people's interpretation- that is, "smart phones" really weren't a thing 'til the iPhone came out in '07, and portable uses of BT really weren't a thing 'til they ported them over to the then-new smartphones.

            Hell, back in '04, PDA's were still the hot technology, with the Raceguns able to be timed through a PDA app, and for that matter, the IR3 basically being named thanks to it's ability to connect to a PDA via IR/infrared.

            You could always follow the In Range example and post them to Porn Hub. More of the Mods might see them there. ;-)
            -Heh. I wasn't looking for hosting- I'll likely stick with YT, and if there's enough interest (yeah, right) maybe Vimeo and Rumble.

            I was just asking about posting here, and not necessarily wanting to spam the main boards here. Not that I figure I'll be putting out videos more than once or twice a year at best- I already have four day jobs, and that's not an exaggeration - I just don't want to be posting stuff where it doesn't really belong.

            It's not a huge thing, I'm sure, but as noted in the East Coast Angel thread, you don't stay in this biz for (almost) 23 years by being an asshole.

            Doc.
            Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
            The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
            Paintball in the Movies!

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