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Old 04-24-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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What hardware should I buy to capture VHS tapes to my computer?

What would give the best quality?
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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What hardware should I buy to capture VHS tapes to my computer?

What would give the best quality?
a Time Base Corrector is essential, don't capture without one!

most TBC have component out

then you can capture with Storm Mobile, Storm Elite or EDIUS SP
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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What would have a TBC in it?
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I used to have a few Panasonic VHS decks that had a TBC but they are long gone. THen I bought three Prime Image TBCs to use with my Video Toaster but they are long gone also.

Is there any capture hardware available with TBC?
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"Best" will depend in large part on your budget, the condition of the material you are capturing, what your playback system is, your computer's configuration and what you intend to do with it after capture. The following assumes a happy home user/hobbiest requirement.

For simple projects you can use a DV camcorder that offers analog input as a pass-through A-D conversion and capture from its firewire output.

The ADVC 110 and 55 are among the current Grass Valley analog capture offerings suitabel for VHS, and they have a separate discussion forum here.

However, many new PCs these days do not have the Firewire port so you may need to get a firewire card (TI chip-based seem to be more reliable), or find a USB capture device (Pinnacle offers some). I have no recommendations for specific USB capture devices but suggest you read reviews and user comments befoer you buy - some are more problematic than others.

I currently use a Panasonic S-VHS VCR (AG-1980) to play the tapes, an AVDC 300 (discontinued) for capture, pass the signal through a full frame TBC if necessary to obtain a good stable signal, and capture via Firewire input on my PC into Edius. (The ADVC 300 offers some basic proc amp capability.)

VHS looks pretty grim compared to the curernt HD and HDV standards, and even to DV material. Also, most capture gear respects copy protection (e.g., Macrovision).
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if you can find a Sony SVO-5800 it hasa great TBC with NR built in

if not, try and find a standalone TBC such as http://www.tvone.com/pdf/Manual-CTB-530-530TR.pdf
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Also, some analog video mixers included a full frame TBC; e.g., the Videonics MX-1 series.

And for simple VHS to DVD transfer work I've used a Toshiba DVD rcorder.

Tha Balck Magic Intensity works for capture as well as giving HD capture capability too.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:25 PM   #8
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I use a Panasonic WJAVE5
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If its only a few tapes send them to Anton, he has all the gear and never sleeps !
In stead of flowers send him crates of golden ones, only when you have a large collection it's viable to invest in mostly expensive gear that after the job is sort of obsolete.

A while ago I also bought a used SVO-5800p (without optional component output board) and it performs pretty wel, I'm capturing via my NX Y/C input as the NX you might be put off with the resulting quality if the source recording is not of high quality.

Sometimes highend consumer S-VHS players can play a tape much cleaner than pro players resulting a faster turn over time to complete a transfer to DVD etc.
while some of them feature some sort of TBC, they are not full frame correcters so it's often better to leave them off and use a full frame pro unit after the player.

Which ever route you'll choose, be prepared for tracking errors and lots of cleaning up work and restoring full glory cc if that's what your after.
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Thank you for the info. I will try to buy one of the Sony decks.
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