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Paul Green
Best capture settings for VHS / SVHS / Hi8
on May 8, 2008 at 7:31:49 pm

Greetings,

Please forgive this rather newbie question, but we are trying to archive old analog footage and after capturing at 720 x 480 8 bit uncompressed have realized that we're burning too much drive space (50GB per hour or so).

We can capture on PC or Mac and were wondering what the best capture setting would be for our purposes while using the minimal drive space possible. I'm deathly afraid of lossy compression - especially given this is an archival project.

Many thanks!

Paul




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Daniel Low
Re: Best capture settings for VHS / SVHS / Hi8
on May 9, 2008 at 1:38:09 pm

What capture solutions/products to you have available to use?

What are the future requirements for media retrevial from the archive?

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Paul Green
Re: Best capture settings for VHS / SVHS / Hi8
on May 9, 2008 at 2:12:48 pm

Thank you for asking...we use FCP 2.0 and Vegas 8 - both via a Black Magic Decklink Extreme HD cards analog composite input...ideally we'd encode to a cross platform file type. In the long run, we expect FCP to supplant Vegas - but perhaps not for a while.

As far as future requirements, we simply want to extract the most "quality" possible from the rather limited original source - without unnecessary lossy effects so we can get rid of these old analog decks finally.

In addition to VHS, SVHS, Hi8, we are capturing some old 3/4 video as well.


Again, thanks for any insight you might have...do you think this question is in the right forum?

Cheers,

Paul


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Daniel Low
Re: Best capture settings for VHS / SVHS / Hi8
on May 9, 2008 at 3:12:19 pm

This site is a great resource for advice on CODEC performance.

http://codecs.onerivermedia.com/

Part of the decision of what codec to sue will be based on workflow. For example most people would recommend using the Huffyuv codec - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huffyuv but this would not fall easily into your workflow as ideally you want to capture to the same codec as you'll be archiving with.

If I were you I'd continue using the Blackmagic 8bit uncompressed codec; storage is cheap, especially offline storage.



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