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Topic: Steve Forte's Gambling Protection Series on DVD (My Copies)
Message: Posted by: Clock (Oct 30, 2007 04:15AM)
These were created by me and are for my own personal collection. These are in no way legit.

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Last week, I decided to back up my Forte tapes onto my hard drive. It seems like this little project of mine kept getting bigger and bigger! First, I was only going to back them up on the compter, then I put them on DVD, then I made chapters, then menus, and now I have a complete DVD set with all the bells and whistles.

Now that I have them on DVD, I can finally skip chapters!

I always watch these video to study Steve's beautiful card technique...Every cardman should have his tapes to watch and study his rythm and finesse. $200 to watch his demonstrations is about a quarter of what the tapes are truly worth.

PLEASE READ:

I am NOT selling these or copying them for ANYONE. These are for my own personal collection...period. Just thought you guys would like these pics.

Enjoy!
Message: Posted by: MagicKim (Oct 30, 2007 06:23AM)
Looks very nice clock. I am definitely jealous.

Kim
Message: Posted by: Mr. Z (Oct 30, 2007 07:49AM)
Where's vols. 5-8?

Whoops...ahem.
Message: Posted by: daniel1113 (Oct 30, 2007 08:29AM)
Very nice, Clock. I actually made DVDs of my copies a few months back, too, but didn't go as far as to print out custom artwork. Care to share the DVD case inserts?
Message: Posted by: Jeremy Brown (Oct 30, 2007 08:36AM)
I actually started the same project but realized I was tackeling a bigger monster than I thought.
Message: Posted by: papermechanic (Oct 30, 2007 08:54AM)
That's awesome clock nice work. How long did it take per DVD ?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 30, 2007 12:09PM)
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On 2007-10-30 05:15, Clock wrote:

I always watch these video to study Steve's beautiful card technique...Every cardman should have his tapes to watch and study his rythm and finesse. $200 to watch his demonstrations is about a quarter of what the tapes are truly worth.


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I agree just watching him at work helps one improve in all repects. Dispite the fact he his pretty young on the tapes he is a true master. It is hard to imagine he could get better but I hear from them who know him that he has. I have only seen short clips of him on film since and he just looks perfect. I would like to see him make a new set and see what can now do.
Message: Posted by: Expertmagician (Oct 30, 2007 02:41PM)
I personally would not advertise the fact that you can convert video formats....it may get some people upset...shh.
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Oct 30, 2007 05:14PM)
Nice collection
Message: Posted by: Mr. Z (Oct 30, 2007 06:22PM)
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On 2007-10-30 15:41, Expertmagician wrote:
I personally would not advertise the fact that you can convert video formats....it may get some people upset...shh.
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Card guys have been doing this for years now. Clock's hardly the first.
Message: Posted by: silverking (Oct 30, 2007 11:57PM)
It's completely legal to back up anything you own on a different media. Video, music, whatever.....if it's for your own use, and it's a back up to your legal original, there's absolutely nothing wrong with doing it.
Message: Posted by: Unknown419 (Oct 31, 2007 12:47AM)
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On 2007-10-30 19:22, Mr. Z wrote:
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On 2007-10-30 15:41, Expertmagician wrote:
I personally would not advertise the fact that you can convert video formats....it may get some people upset...shh.
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Card guys have been doing this for years now. Clock's hardly the first.
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Mr. Z I'm surprised at you...but yes you're right I have all my cheating at cards and dice stuff on DVD's as well besides the fact that they all are backed up on my computer. Anything I want is just a click away.

If any of you can remember, getting back my laptop with all my videos was my only concern after getting beat up, stomped and robbed after a game while hustling in Phili.

And to answer a question some of you might be thinking. NO, I wasn't caught cheating. The so-called hustlers that I was with left me stranded with no where to go while I was looking for them.


Respectfully,

Doc
Message: Posted by: JasonEngland (Oct 31, 2007 02:49AM)
Gentlemen,

As I type, I have the masters to Steve's Gambling Protection Series sitting a few feet away from me in 4 large 1" video "pizza boxes" (as they're known in the trade).

I'm trying like hell to get them converted to DVD properly. If I can continue to convince him that this is the right thing to do, and we go forward with this project, I'll be sure to let everyone know that they're on their way.

Jason
Message: Posted by: PapaG (Oct 31, 2007 09:22AM)
I thought that the Forte poker book mentioned that there was some new material on the way.
Message: Posted by: onbekende020 (Oct 31, 2007 04:38PM)
Nice work Clock..maybe of topic, but how did you convert VHS to DVD? I got a lot of very old video material (not about cards) I want to put on DVD, any help?

USM
Message: Posted by: silverking (Oct 31, 2007 05:06PM)
A good way to convert VHS to DVD is through a Sony or equivalent camcorder with FireWire in/out (you've got to have the FireWire for it to work).

You take your analog line-outs from your VCR into the analog line-ins on your camcorder, then the FireWire out of your camcorder into your computer (actually FireWire is bi-directional, but that doesn't matter in this case).

Then it's just a matter of your DVD burning software. On a Mac it's iDVD and included free with your computer.

The conversion takes place within your video camera. It's a relatively little used feature on a lot of FireWire cameras. I converted two dozen old 8mm tapes to DVD with this method. (I also put my Forte Gambling Protection Series onto DVD this way).

There are also dedicated Analog/FireWire conversion boxes that do the same thing for around $400.00, but they're a bit of a one trick pony compared to a camera.
Message: Posted by: splice (Oct 31, 2007 05:07PM)
I have done the same with various tapes, I should get to doing it with the Forte ones as well. It will be a nice opportunity to go through them again, since I would like to get chapter stops like you.

USM, getting VHS to DVD is not so complicated, if you are handy with computers. You will need a video card that accepts video input in some way (it should be S-Video or RCA composite). I have a card that I use to record TV shows so I used that. Just hook up the VCR to the video card, run a recording program on your computer, then play the tape. Then you have to convert the video to a DVD format, there are many programs for that.

Of course most of the advantage will come from chapter stops and menus. That you need to use a program to make, and it can be quite time consuming. Then you have to be handy with a graphics program if you want to make a nice cover and menus....

All in all not a small task. Some great work by Clock here. Maybe I'll procrastinate for a year or two more and by then donate some money to Mr. England and company :).
Message: Posted by: Ron Conley (Oct 31, 2007 06:37PM)
A simply way of doing the conversion is a stand alone DVD recorder with a built in hard drive. I have a Pioneer DVR-520H (probably discontinued) but current models are available. Once it's in the hard drive I can trim and divide the clips and make up to 100 chapters. Since this is all hardware based it's a lot faster than doing it in the computer and I do it from my rocking chair with a remote control. When I want maximum quality the computer is used along with a Canopus ADVC-300 for transcoding along with a built in time base corrector and digital noise reduction. This is a powerful little box Lot's of controls color correction etc. Not really cheap 450.00 but for what I do it's a bargain.
Message: Posted by: iamslow (Nov 1, 2007 12:53AM)
I made mine with a 20 dolar capture card and a vcr to the pc...
Message: Posted by: Expertmagician (Nov 1, 2007 08:06AM)
I prefer computer software to make my "disaster recovery" backups of my media because the software bypasses any encryption or security that a tape or DVD may have.

Note: Keep you "disaster recovery" copies in a separate location so BOTH your primary and backup are not destroyed.
Message: Posted by: Stepanov (Nov 1, 2007 03:50PM)
I do not know is this interesting.
In Russia 5 years ago GEM translate all four parts of Steve Forte's Protection series (I suppose not legal, because all names was deleted) and sell to Russian casinoes. Two years ago we made two DVD with 2 parts on each DVD. Also on German was made 2 DVD with famous Card Techniques by Admiller and Holtser (like Steve Forte's video) from 3 VHS.
Message: Posted by: SwampDonkey (Jan 17, 2008 08:38PM)
Does anyone know anything about this?

http://www.gamblingprotectionseries.com

Any further info?
Message: Posted by: silverking (Jan 18, 2008 09:59AM)
:hypnodisk: :hypnodisk: :hypnodisk: Jason, you will tell us what you know :hypnodisk: :hypnodisk: :hypnodisk:

(did that work?)
Message: Posted by: card cheat (Jan 18, 2008 11:04AM)
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On 2008-01-17 21:38, SwampDonkey wrote:
Does anyone know anything about this?

http://www.gamblingprotectionseries.com

Any further info?
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If you right click on the webpage and view the source code, you will see in the meta description that the GPS tapes will "at long last" be available on DVD in the Spring of 2008. As for how they will be priced, I would think that this information will be released soon.

I have had my copies on DVD for a while now, and they were made for me some time ago by a "friend." If the DVD's are going to have special features, or bonus footage, or anything extra, I will buy them. If not, I'll use my cash for buy-ins.

CC
Message: Posted by: silverking (Jan 18, 2008 11:30AM)
Some folks known to break bread with S.F. have indicated in the past that there might in fact be new material, maybe even lots of it.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/search_post.php?topic=190702&forum=188&post=4846337

I too turned my 4 tapes into DVD's ages ago.....but I don't have those cool covers that Clock made for his.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jan 18, 2008 11:35AM)
We can not do it now but a while back we had a fiddle going with buy-ins ....
Message: Posted by: Mr. Z (Jan 18, 2008 05:23PM)
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On 2008-01-18 12:30, silverking wrote:
Some folks known to break bread with S.F. have indicated in the past that there might in fact be new material, maybe even lots of it.
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Indeed. :)
Message: Posted by: C-Taylor (Jan 18, 2008 05:49PM)
That's like ^^ rubbing salt in a wound.... ^^
Message: Posted by: JasonEngland (Jan 18, 2008 11:21PM)
Silver,

It's not a big secret, though I'm surprised the website was discovered so quickly. I've told a few people about it in the past few weeks, but the site, minimal though it is at the moment, hasn't been live that long.

More news to come.

Jason
Message: Posted by: Yves Tourigny (Jan 20, 2008 12:38PM)
Hi Jason,

I know you 'll be giving more news soon but is it possible to tell us if it will be a new venture or simply a remake of the old gambling Protection series. Not that I would mind, mind you, if it was a reedition of the old series because it is still fantastic but I'm hungry for more from Steve Forte, so I would like to know.

Yves
Message: Posted by: Furniture (Jan 22, 2008 02:49AM)
Whatever it is I really need to see Mr Forte material on DVD :), my VHS is broken and I will not buy a new one, if you know what I mean.
Message: Posted by: Jaybs (Apr 15, 2008 04:03PM)
I know this is an old thread, but I was just seeing if there was an update on the status of these DVDs. The link said "Spring 2008," so I'm hoping these will be released sometime soon! I know Jason posts here once in awhile, so I'm looking forward to what he has to say. For now, I'll have to keep myself occupied with the VHS version...:)
Message: Posted by: Hansen (Apr 15, 2008 05:23PM)
I'm also very interested in any update on this.
Message: Posted by: JasonEngland (Apr 17, 2008 04:32AM)
Still working on it.

Steve "owes" me some footage that was shot a while back. He has to find it and turn it over. Then it's my job to edit it into something usable.

Jason
Message: Posted by: Doc Dixon (Apr 17, 2008 07:15AM)
Jason,

You have two months to complete this project. If at the end of two months it is not available for purchase, I will begin sending Magic Makers dvds to your home, one each day the first week. Then two a day after that.

Yes, I'm playing hardball.

Best

DD