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RT.X2 converting analogue to digital

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Frank ButlerRT.X2 converting analogue to digital
by on Dec 11, 2008 at 1:48:07 pm

I've been asked to edit some old VHS footage and am having trouble digitising it at a decent quality. Playing through the RF cable into a TV it all looks very sharp, surprising considering the age of the tapes, however, when I use the same SVHS VCR to play the footage via the SVHS connection on the RT.X2 breakout box the picture becomes very noisy and dull.

I've checked the RT.X2 using a DVD player connected via the same SVHS cable, and the component inputs and the picture is great.

I'm therefore wondering whether I need some kind of converter to link in bewteen the SVHS deck and the breakout box to convert to a digital signal I can then firewire in. I've tried hooking up a DVcam deck between the SVHS Recorder and PC to act as a converter and this has helped with a couple of tapes, but on others, while the picture is sharper, the colours flicker in and out, which I assume is some kind of timebase correction thing.

Sorry for the longwinded explanation but if anyone has any tips to pass on re: digitising VHS, or experience of using a converter I'd really appreciate it.

Many thanks

Frank



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