Wednesday 19 December 2012

Nitzer Ebb - The Videos (ProShot DVD)

ATTENTION: This video is not up to the usual standards of quality of the other videos the DCR team created/compiled. This one is composed of 480p videos taken from various streaming websites. If you're still curious why we did it anyway. please continue reading.

Not only me, but  S+©kmªÑ also, were pursuing a good quality compilation of these videos for some time now, so we were delighted when a lossless VHS ripped compilation was sent our way. When it finally arrived... What a desapointment...

Sure, the DVD was compiled with various lossless VHS sources, but watching it was like a bad trip to the past.

VHS  is out of use for more than a decade now, and even if there's a lot of VHS sourced bootlegs, usually they're sourced on master tapes or very good copies, so image is slighly degraded but enjoyable (VHS was never a very good system, but was the standard for most of the last two decades of the 20th century).

The compilatiom we received, the first one totally (digitally) lossless, was compiled with a mix of various different sources, and each one of them seemed to have a different kind of VHS artifact, so you got:

- grainy picture
- difused picture
- distorted picture
- distorted sound
- low sound level

resulting of the fact that the original tapes were quite high generation ones.

On top of  that:

- songs were not arranged in any understanble order
- videos were recorded from music channels, so they had the logo of the channel always present on the image, plus the names of the songs interfering in the beggining and end
- Different sound levels from song to song

All in all, a very frustating experience to watch. I joked inbetween us that I prefered my 480p videos than this, the supposed real thing. That was enough to inspire S+©kmªÑ to make a DVD to check how the result was in the end...

In the end, both of us thought this was much better than the other version, so we decided to share it here.

What can you expect

On the up side:

- Sound levels equal inbetween all of the songs
- No other inteferences on the image apart from the 480p compression (with exception on the Machineries of Joy Video wich has some logo imprinted on it), this means, colour not degraded, no distortions, no jumps.
- Songs organized by date, making it easier to understand the band progresion of video aesthetics.
- DVD Menu

On the down side

- Streaming compression on the video! Need I say more? The most irritating compression possible, because most of the times the picture is near perfect, but then, out of nowhere, the goddamn squares appear on the dark parts of the image or when image gets lower lights or faster editing.

Frustating again...  But in comparison a much better experience to watch than the VHS version, take it from me, it's true. Anyway, I include lots of thumbnails so that you can check them before deciding to download.

The best thing would be if mute records opened their eyes and released this in a proper DVD, but until then...

Speaking of DVDs and Nitzer Ebb, the band just released their first official live DVD "Live At Markthalle" we higly recommend it, go buy it on their website!


01. Murderous
02. Let Your Body Learn
03. The Machineries Of Joy (with Die Krupps)
04. Control I'm Here
05. Hearts And Minds
06. Shame
07. Lightning Man
08. Fun To Be Had
09. Family Man
10. Godhead
11. I Give To You
12. Ascend
13. I Thought
14. Kick It

Duration                                 : 52mn 15s

Format                                   : MPEG Video
Format version                           : Version 2
Bit rate mode                            : Variable
Bit rate                                 : 5 923 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                         : 8 000 Kbps
Width                                    : 720 pixels
Height                                   : 576 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 4:3
Frame rate                               : 25.000 fps
Standard                                 : PAL

Format                                   : AC-3
Format/Info                              : Audio Coding 3
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 224 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L R
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth                                : 16 bits