Eliminating noise in VHS to DV conversion

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  1. nanosound macrumors regular

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    I was trying to convert VHS playing through my Elura 40MC camera into iMovie which I'd then like to burn as a DVD. I noticed a lot of noise in the clips. Is there a better set-up to reduce video noise, or some kind of software to clean it up?
     
  2. crazytom macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, there's a piece of software from Bias, Inc. that will clean it up really well. It's called SoundSoap. They just released their stand alone app (it was a VST plugin). You can find it for $79 at AudioMidi.com (most places sell it for $99!). To find out more, visit the Bias website.
     
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Re: Eliminating noise in VHS to DV conversion

    Do the clips have noise in them before you captured them? Unfortunetly VHS is pretty sh*tty and there isn't much you can do to clean it up.


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  4. wuntrikpony macrumors member

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    For video noise(not audio noise) you really cannot do anything. I have done tons of vhs conversion with many different convertors(cameras, a/d boxes) and there is really nothing to do about video noise. It is there to stay. Just always try to get the best quality tape(not some 4th generation piece of trash). Some times if there is a lot of noise at the bottom of the screen in one place you can just crop it out but you cannot "de-noise" your image. Sorry
     
  5. nanosound thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can iMovie crop those edges off or do I need a third-party software?
     
  6. wuntrikpony macrumors member

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    I personally have no idea, I don't use the program. I use Final Cut Pro. Anyone else know?
     
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  8. crazytom macrumors 6502a

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    Whoops. Just realized that I was previously posting about audio noise...:eek:

    With FCP you can crop and resize the video. Be forewarned: it will probably take a lot of crunch time!!

    Also keep in mind that some noise won't be visible on a regular TV set, there are different tolerances (depending on the TV) for how much 'edge information' is displayed.
     
  9. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    FCP can do it and I'm sure FCE can as well. cropping probably wouldn't be the best idea because then the image won't "fit" the TV screen. To get rid of a line along the edge of an image you'd want to zoom into the image until the bad edge is no longer viewable. Of course zooming into your VHS footage would probably make it look worse than it already does.


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  10. DVDSP macrumors regular

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    Good point. The video you see on your computer monitor will actually show you more than your TV will. TVs lose a little of the picture at the top, bottom and sides and those parts can frequently be noisy.

    Is this the noise you are seeing or is it throughout the whole picture? If it's throughout the picture then it is probably there to stay.
     
  11. nanosound thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's throughout. I guess this is not uncommon with VHS tapes. Well, I am probably best off to just run it through iMovie and burn a disc in iDVD. Seems to be the most turnkey for me. Thanks for all the info.
     

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