Where have all the dubs gone?

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Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by Casandro » Thu May 11, 2017 3:22 pm

As you can see, SWATKats used to be shown on Cartoon Network in 4 languages, which was the most you could do without using special tricks. professional VCRs of that time typically only had 4 audio tracks. This is probably from a 1997-ish repeat.

Those languages are English, French, Swedish and Spanish. Only English is on the DVD. So where have all the other languages gone.
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by MoDaD » Mon May 15, 2017 12:59 pm

Did any of the VHS tapes have any kind of captions and/or language options?
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by Casandro » Fri May 19, 2017 10:56 am

Well unlike DVDs the options for audio tracks are limited on consumer video cassettes.
On VHS you theoretically have 2 longnitudal low quality tracks, which most consumer VCRs will mix into one, as well as 2 HiFi tracks which you can only access with better VCRs. So if you wanted to use them for several languages, you'd have to put your main language on the low quality tracks.
In theory you could make a bilingual VHS tape, and some VCRs will do that when recording a bilingual TV show. However that tape would play with one language on one speaker and another language on another speaker by default. Technical novices wouldn't know how to fix that.

Subtitles are possible with "Closed captioning" which survives recording on VHS, but I doubt the tapes had it on them.
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by MoDaD » Fri May 19, 2017 12:13 pm

Casandro wrote:Subtitles are possible with "Closed captioning" which survives recording on VHS, but I doubt the tapes had it on them.
Well now I have to check :lol:
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by Prettyshadowj26 » Sat May 27, 2017 7:07 pm

It's too bad they Don't have any Japanese dub that will be cool
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by Kooshmeister » Sat May 27, 2017 7:52 pm

I thought there was a Japanese dub. Behind the Voice Actors lists Japanese voice actors for the show, at least.
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by LowdogCraft » Sun May 28, 2017 10:03 pm

Kooshmeister wrote:I thought there was a Japanese dub. Behind the Voice Actors lists Japanese voice actors for the show, at least.
There probably is. We pair that with practically all of Season 2 and we've got ourselves an unofficial SK anime on our hands. RazLaugh
or would it be official since both the JP dub and the footage are official?
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by Kooshmeister » Mon May 29, 2017 12:54 am

Well, animated by a Japanese company doesn't automatically make it anime. TboneLaughCait
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by Cait » Mon May 29, 2017 1:15 am

Kooshmeister wrote:Well, animated by a Japanese company doesn't automatically make it anime. TboneLaughCait
Nope... not at all... RazSilly
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Re: Where have all the dubs gone?

Post by Kooshmeister » Mon May 29, 2017 3:06 am

A few anime-inspired elements do not an anime make. TboneLaughCait
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