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Old 11-10-2015, 10:33 PM   #2
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Visit the forums at for detailed discussions of analog video (e.g., VHS) capture, conversion, and restoration. The people there are somewhat obsessive about the process and will have clear recommendations as to equipment, software, and processes.

The ADVC series are good for capture to DV format, which is good as an original acquisition format and for editing, but less that optimal for serious restoration work.

In most cases a TBC will be necessary for best results. Generally you want a line TBC functionality in the player, and full frame TBC in either the player or externally.

There is a large variation in the ability of different VCR to read old tapes, and variables include the alignment and adjustment of the original recorder as well as the player's ability to deal with variations in signal read from the control track.

Frozen images sounds like the capture system is doing that to fill in for dropped frames.
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