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Nick Vaka
Capturing analog video
on Mar 22, 2006 at 3:26:05 pm

Hello:

Can anyone out there give me a good cheap solution to capture broadcast quality analog video? I need something that can capture at least DVD quality from tapes shot on VHS. I know I can't enhance their performance to DVD standars, but I don't want heavy compression. I found this one on B&H:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&...

Anyone familiar with this?

Thanks.


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Matte
Re: Capturing analog video
on Mar 22, 2006 at 3:36:14 pm

Capture it to WHAT?
An NLE edit system?

I recommend capture to a TimeCode tape first.
A DV camcorder that has the feature of analog inputs will do this.
Also, most DV camcorders that DO have the analog input feature will allow you to "transcode" analog-to-digital in real-time and capture directly via FireWire into a computer.

But I still recommend the "copy to TC tape" step.
It gives you the ability to recapture in the future and allows a "digital master" to be stored.
It can also make the VHS signal (which is usually pretty ugly and unstable) a bit more solid and easier to capture.


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Nick Vaka
Re: Capturing analog video
on Mar 23, 2006 at 2:17:50 am

It is going into an NLE (Premiere). I was trying to avoid using a DV cam but that's probably the best option. Thanks for the input.


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Kerry
Re: Capturing analog video
on Apr 5, 2006 at 5:39:07 pm

A Canopus ADVC100 or 300 works well for VHS to DV conversion. Built in TBC on the 300

KB


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