Best Setup for High Quality VHS Transfer

modernmoments

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Jan 15, 2012
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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.
 

handsome pete

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I think the quality difference between those converters will be negligible. You're stuck with a 620x480 resolution.
 
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boch82

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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.
 
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DisMyMac

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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.

I think the quality difference between those converters will be negligible. You're stuck with a 620x480 resolution.
That's the result, but the tape output is even less: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHS#Video_recording

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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