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Joseph Coady
Audio question in regards to VHS footage from the 1980s.
on May 23, 2019 at 4:49:49 pm

Back in the mid 80's, we had a vcr that had a switch on the front if you wanted to dub something. The switch was either "A/B" or "1/2" and when you selected one of these you could dub over stuff. I cant for the life of me remember what this was called or the model of the VCR. I think it was a JVC?

Anyways, my question is....fast forward to finding the tapes, exporting the footage out of Premiere Pro...click on the footage to listen to the funny dubs, and all you here is the original track as if it was never dubbed over at all! I think the A/B or 1/2 switch allowed you to either do a complete dub over something on one setting, and the other setting somehow kept the original track.

Is there a setting somewhere to find the "hidden" track? Would I have to find a VCR that had that feature on ebay? If so, what terminology do I use to search? I am not sure what to call that feature on that VCR. Multitrack dubbing? I have no clue!


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Francois Pénzes
Re: Audio question in regards to VHS footage from the 1980s.
on May 23, 2019 at 11:56:10 pm

Hi Joseph

Here's a good read from way back 1996 when VHS was king.

https://www.videomaker.com/article/c4/214-sound-track-audio-dubbing

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