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Ollie InglisBurning Footage to VHS
by on May 3, 2013 at 4:35:55 pm

Hi guys, wasnt exactly sure what forum to post this on - but i am trying to figure out how to burn footage from a mac/pc onto a vhs tape so i can then recapture it. What equipment would i need? any links for the things you need/appropriate wires? Would i plug the VCR into the computer? any help or tutorials would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Ollie


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John CuevasRe: Burning Footage to VHS
by on May 3, 2013 at 4:59:32 pm

You would need a video card with a composite out, which might be a little hard to find as composite is way old tech. Check out newegg, maybe even ebay.

That being said, you are going to have horrible resolution this way. Tell us what you are trying to to do, recapture to what?, perhaps there is a better way to accomplish your goal than to go to VHS.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Kevin CampRe: Burning Footage to VHS
by on May 3, 2013 at 5:37:11 pm

i have a feeling he wants a degraded vhs effect...

recording to vhs is easy enough, you can find dvi-to-composite adapters that will put your computer display on tv (or vhs), so then you'd just need to play the clip full screen (either in ae, quicktime or some other player) and crash record that to vhs.

getting off tape is would require something different.... on the cheaper side, try looking for a usb adapter for composite video, they are commonly used for people who want to digitize their old home movies. the adapter should come with software for capturing using that adapter. you can also use the same adapter for the record to vhs.

if you are looking to make the footage look like vhs, you can probably do a pretty good job faking it in ae, let us know and we can try to help with something like that.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Ollie InglisRe: Burning Footage to VHS
by on May 3, 2013 at 6:16:47 pm

Thanks for the help, sounds great. It would be great to know how to do it in AE also - its just that some many tutorials really dont look very good - this is he best attempt i have found on youtube




Any ideas how to get something similar? Are there any good glitch plugins?
Thanks


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Kevin CampRe: Burning Footage to VHS
by on May 3, 2013 at 7:27:36 pm

there's an effects called twitch from videocopilot that could help with that effect:

https://www.videocopilot.net/products/twitch/

the page has a walkthrough video and tutorials using the effect.

the color grading can be achieved with curves or similar built in effects. color finesse which comes bundled with ae is a very good color grading tool. you may also get pretty close by simply duplicating the video layer and try various blending modes, like overlay, soft light, hard light, etc...

similar color/luminance distortion could be achieved adding the turbulent displace effect to an adjustment layer, setting 'displacement' to horizontal, the size to something low (under 5) and then animating the amount property to fluctuate rapidly (expression or 'the wiggler' would help). then set the adjustment layer's blending mode to color, or soft light, etc.

you could also add fast blur as 'horizontal only' to soften that.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Dave LaRondeRe: Burning Footage to VHS
by on May 3, 2013 at 10:04:16 pm

In that clip you found, I thought the color saturation was WAY too high for VHS. VHS stinks at good color replication: it's usually on the low side of chroma levels.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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