All of my YouTube uploads are available on my channel, LarryDorsVids which you can also access from the logo above. I thought I would do a breakdown of the sections available on my channel, with a bit of history behind the videos.
BBC Micro Music Demos
I used to record a lot of television when we had a VCR and I would edit out the adverts. This wasn't possible with timer recordings or if the video was left alone, so I have many old adverts on tape. Recording from the VHS machine to a DVD recorder meant I could convert the old adverts onto a PC and so I created the Adverts From the Latter part of the the 20th Century playlist. The first VCR we had was in 1980 when the Olympics was on, but that was a Betamax machine. As VHS won the format war we then got a VHS machine (primarily to rent films), but I still have the Betamax tapes, but nothing to play them on. Also some cousins in Australia would send over some tapes occasionally as this was the time that Neighbours was months ahead over there.
Each of the videos are a collection of 8 adverts, sometimes themed, and I found a bunch of tapes that were not labelled and so I some more volumes of adverts from those.
Ozzy The Springer Spaniel
My niece's dog was a firm favourite in the family and I have converted the few videos we have of him. The first clip was created with the Crazy Talk sofware which I was reviewing at the time, and has a picture of him as a puppy animated to a soundtrack of Eddie Izzard. Unfortunately he recently passed away at the age of eleven, but there is a slideshow tribute to him on my channel.
I have a few clips of the BBC technology programme which I watched every week. The most popular clip is the demo of the first compact disc, which was taken from a copy of a recording on Betamax, which I cannot play anymore, but this has been viewed and linked to many times. The whole 'strawberry jam' myth is explained elsewhere on this site. The terrestial transmission of the computer programs for the Apple ][ and ZX-81 has another clip of the programs themselves, run on emulators.
Finding some old stuff around the house and old newspaper adverts gave me the idea to produce some slideshows featuring items from different decades. I owned most of the toys featured in each of the clips and the other items have some personal reference to me.
The history of my musical creations is covered elsewhere on this site, and the midi files I have created are also available to download. I have used Reason 5 to produce the best versions I can of some of the pieces and uploaded videos of them to my channel. One track called FutureBeat was made with samples from the TV show Farscape and years later I created the video with the original clips I had sampled.
Film & Promos
Some of the stuff I had on VHS didn't fit into the TV Advert playlist, so these clips are featured in this playlist, including TV promos and a Microsoft promo that I was given on VHS tape years ago. The film mashups started when I found many references to the military town of Aldershot where I used to work (and where Martin Freeman was born). I then started finding the same lines used in different films and have a few videos of them as well.
This BBC 2 show ran in the mid 90s for four series and was all about the rise of computers and the new World Wide Web. I have a few episodes from the second series but I have found a tape with the entire fourth series. By this time the programmes had grown from half an hour to forty minutes and had guest reviewers so I have posted some extracts from the show.