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:
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.