Best Setup for High Quality VHS Transfer

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by modernmoments, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. modernmoments macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2012
    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking to get the highest quality VHS to digital format. I know a lot of people recommend Elgato, but the resolution is only marginal. What is the best equipment to buy?

    I was thinking maybe a BlackMagic and Grex for transfer. I can do the editing on Final Cut Pro. Any suggestions? I've searched around the forum, but no one's really mentioned getting the highest quality - most are concerned with just the transfer.
  2. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    I think the quality difference between those converters will be negligible. You're stuck with a 620x480 resolution.
  3. Paratel macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2005
    Somewhere in the US
  4. boch82 macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2008
    I dont think the capture hardware will make much of a difference. I think you need to get a "high-end" vhs deck that has component outputs and feed that through a Time Base Corrector (TBC). This will allow for extra control of the signal being sent to the computer. After which you can make additional adjustments with in the editing software.
  5. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    One tip if you go with Elgato- check the brightness/contrast in Preferences before recording. It's a pain to start the tape over, but you'll see the difference in quality.

    That's the result, but the tape output is even less:

    Just make sure the VCR is 4-head, stereo, and at least has s-video (component is probably overkill, but don't use composite).

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