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Marcus Gardner
VHS Wobble
on May 27, 2015 at 12:19:57 pm

Working on an archived VHS digitization that has some extreme wobble towards the end of the film.

I'm linking to a sample:
http://www.teachingdrum.org/adjul/wobbly.wmv

Is there anything I can do?
thanks
Adjul


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Mike Kujbida
Re: VHS Wobble
on May 27, 2015 at 1:05:17 pm

If you don't have a VCR with a built in TBC, then look into the Green Valley (formerly Canopus) ADVC300. It's no longer being manufactured but Amazon has two used ones for sale. Good luck.


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John Rofrano
Re: VHS Wobble
on May 27, 2015 at 1:17:30 pm

Mike, you must have been posting while I was still typing. ;-)

~jr

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John Rofrano
Re: VHS Wobble
on May 27, 2015 at 1:14:12 pm

Nothing you can do now. You might be able to correct this in the future by using a capture devices that has Time Base Correction (TBC) like the Canopus ADVC-300 (which is what I use). Perhaps someone with more analog experience than me will have ideas.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Brian Tallant
Re: VHS Wobble
on May 27, 2015 at 9:52:33 pm

John, what about the Canopus ADVC110? I had been considering getting it at some point, but you and Mike talk as if it doesn't have a TBC. Do you know anything about that model?


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Mike Kujbida
Re: VHS Wobble
on May 28, 2015 at 12:00:49 am

Brian, the ADVC110 is a straight analog to digital/digital to analog unit and is great at what it does but it does not have the TBC option that the 300 does. As I recall, the ADVC300 was also 2 - 3 X the price.


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John Rofrano
Re: VHS Wobble
on May 28, 2015 at 12:29:59 pm

Yea, I purchased the ADVC300 because the ADVC110 does not have a TBC and the reason I bought it was to capture old VHS tapes so I knew I would need that feature.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Marcus Gardner
Re: VHS Wobble
on May 28, 2015 at 5:23:20 pm

Thanks guys - did a bunch of research on TBC...seems like a lot of options (scalers, VCRs with it built-in and then converting from that) but none of them at a price point I can make because of the rarity of VHS these days.

I started looking into VHS digitization services, which do seem to be reasonably-priced. But the first one I emailed asking if they have TBC on their machines replied that they can't tell me. Duh!

Does anybody have a recommended service for this?


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Marcus Gardner
Re: VHS Wobble
on Aug 26, 2015 at 1:53:21 pm

Good news:

I found a ADVC-300 at a major metro area I happened to be visiting for $60. Then she dropped the price to $30. Agreed to hold it for me for my trip then gave it to me for $20. Estate sale lady who didn't know what she had on her hands, apparently.

It cleaned up 90% of the wobble in my tapes and also gave me a clearer picture across the board. And now I can sell it!
:)


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John Rofrano
Re: VHS Wobble
on Aug 27, 2015 at 12:12:04 pm

For that price I'd keep it in a drawer in case you need it in the future. That was a great deal and as you can see, the TBC makes a big difference in the quality of the capture.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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