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Old 02-25-2008, 07:43 AM   #11
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Hi Dave,

Yes and Yes are the answers for your questions.
It sounds like your tapes are in good condition which is a good thing.

Low-light noise is difficult to process either in analog or digital. Capturing once in color and once in black and white is a very good idea - you'll be able to do some nicely controlled filtering post-capture using the black and white version as a mask.
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:44 AM   #12
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The only thing you can't turn off in the ADVC300 is the LTBC. The ADVC300 has the following video and audio adjustments, all of which can be turned off or set to neutral:

Video processing:
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Hue
  • Sharpness
  • 3D noise reduction (NTSC only)
  • 2D noise reduction
  • Black expansion
  • White peak adjust
  • White step
  • Horizontal edge adjust
  • Vertical edge adjust
  • Video AGC
Audio processing:
  • Volume
  • High (treble)
  • Low (bass)
  • Audio AGC
Ken.
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:00 AM   #13
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Dear Brandon and Ken,

Thank you for the answers to my questions and for the list of processing functions. Both are very helpful.

I will order the ADVC300 and report back on my experience for whatever benefit it may be to others.

Thanks again,
Dave
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:39 AM   #14
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This is my update for anyone who may be interested.

The ADVC300 arrived and I tested capturing two types of video material from VHS tape. One type was shot in daylight and has good colors and low noise. The other was shot indoors with ambient lighting, has poor color and higher noise.

I installed Picture Controller and tried various settings on both types of material.

For the good-quality video, I did not notice any degradation or change when I used the default settings. I was concerned about this because elsewhere in this forum someone had posted a message that they noticed degradation of a high-quality satellite signal. This does not seem to be a problem for my tapes (perhaps because the quality is not as good as the satellite signal).

For the poorer-quality video, I could not obtain any noticeable improvement with black expansion or white peak limiting (I think this is not surprising) and I was not able to see much change with different settings for 3D and 2D noise reduction (this is more surprising to me).

The greatest benefit I could obtain was by increasing the settings for brightness, contrast and saturation. Video AGC also helped a little.

I have much to learn about how to obtain the best processing results but my initial impression is that the extra cost for the ADVC300 over the ADVC110 is a good investment. I am glad I purchased the 300 rather than the 110.

Brandon and Ken, thank you for taking time to answer my questions.
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:20 AM   #15
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You're quite welcome.
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