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Nicholas Hancock
Why am I having audio dropouts and mild distortion when capturing analog video?
on May 26, 2017 at 11:08:45 pm

I have tried capturing VHS and HI8 tapes both by using a canopus advc-100 or by passing a signal through a Sony HVRM15U HDV deck (both with firewire 1394), but I keep getting brief audio dropouts usually at the same spots in the tapes(sounds like dropping frames but is not) and mild distortion when there is heavy movement on the screen.

When I run an analog signal into my television the tapes play back perfectly. So this makes me think the issue may be with Premiere. I have tried playing the VHS tapes back on two different decks (one with built in TBC), and they sometimes mess up on the same spots, but sometimes on different spots.

I currently don't have any MiniDV/HDV tapes to test to see how Premiere handles those.

I have tried using both the SSD my OS is on (still 150gbs free) and an internal HDD to capture. My computer should be beyond capable handling this task (i7, 16gb ram, gtx 970).

I'm trying to get into transferring tapes professionally on the side, but don't want to dish out a large amount of money for other capturing software when I'm already paying for Premiere, but if you have any recommendations let me know. I used to use Sony Vegas which worked fantastically for this, but it's pretty pricey when I'm only going to use it for the capture element.

I also have an external TBC and an external Raid drive in the mail, but I'm not super optimistic those will solve all my problems.

Thanks so much for reading this, I could really use the help.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Why am I having audio dropouts and mild distortion when capturing analog video?
on May 27, 2017 at 4:34:13 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on May 27, 2017 at 4:34:51 pm

[Nicholas Hancock] " I used to use Sony Vegas which worked fantastically for this, but it's pretty pricey when I'm only going to use it for the capture element."

Wait.... That means you already have it, right? Why do you need PP? Besides, the rental on PP after a couple-three years will be MORE than the purchase price of Vegas, and you just keep paying.

Seems like a no-brainer to me -- use Vegas. Screw Premiere Pro.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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andy patterson
Re: Why am I having audio dropouts and mild distortion when capturing analog video?
on May 28, 2017 at 10:07:29 am

[Nicholas Hancock] "When I run an analog signal into my television the tapes play back perfectly. So this makes me think the issue may be with Premiere. I have tried playing the VHS tapes back on two different decks (one with built in TBC), and they sometimes mess up on the same spots, but sometimes on different spots"

I am not sure it is Premiere Pro. With the Canopus ADVC 100 you can loop through to an external broadcast monitor while capturing. If the external monitors also show problems while capturing then it would not be Premiere Pro.


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