My setup is a VHS-C VCR/camcorder (PAL) ->(svideo/composite cable depending on cam)-> tbc1000 ->(svideo cable) advc100 -> DV file
I wasn't able to get a pro VCR where I live, so I tried multiple other options and would like your opintion, yes, I know it is the weakest link and maybe the most important one, but I might have to live with that (unless its worth spending $450+ on..)
So the LEFT is a simple SONY 4 head VCR, with a composite connection, which was really close to a few other non-pro VCR's I've tested (LG 6 heads, etc).
The RIGHT came from a JVC VHS-C camcorder (jvc GR-SXM470, should have TBC/NR), I think its very similar to this one: http://www.jvc.co.uk/files/instruction_manual/lyt0707-001c.pdf
The JVC one seems a bit harsh, but that might be only because I am comparing it to the VERY soft SONY one ?
Can I get your input on this ? Does the picture look ok ? should I change my gear ? get another camcorder (sony maybe?)
EDIT: the pic might be misleading, but the video from the SONY looks really smooth compared to the JVC, which is kind of annoying.
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Last edited by ido22; 10th Jan 2013 at 17:17.
The left image doesn't look "really smooth" at all. It's blurred, and if there's supposed to be a tbc involved on the left it's not helping much (the walls and doors have wiggly edges). Image at the right is better. And verticals are straight.Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
Thank you for the prompt reply.
Yes, the right is a bit blurry (and there is a TBC in its chain).
Do you think I would benefit MUCH more from using a pro VCR deck or another camcorder ?
Could you also explain whats the meaning of a DV codec (is it only in use for PLAYING ?) because if I understand correctly, when capturing with windv (or another program), it saves the DV stream as is to the avi file.
WinDV happens to be one that does. a DV stream can also be recorded via other devices as MPEG and other formats. But DV-to-DV is probably best.
Definition of codec, of which there are a great many: http://www.videohelp.com/glossary?C#Codec
It's not likely that you're talking literally about "professional" VCR's. These haven't been available to consumers for several years. When new, a pro VCR would cost about $5000. Some studio units are still available from pro shops, at commensurate prices. Semi-pro models like the Panasonic AG-1980 were $1500 new. Most surviving VCR's of that type have been used to death by pros, semi-pros, and hobbyists. The next level down would be the JVC tbc-equipped prosumer VCR line, but they are no longer supported by JVC, have been used to death, are notorious for poor reliability, are despised by many former users, are dearly loved by those who still own working models (don't ask me why, I have no idea, all 3 of mine died after damaging my tapes), and are few and far between. They are not suitable for VHS recorded at speeds slower that SP (2-hours), and perform best with home-made tapes recorded on other JVC's. You might want to use forum Search and look for posts by member orsetto, who is expert on a great many brands and types of VCR's.
Last edited by sanlyn; 10th Jan 2013 at 21:12.Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -- Henry David Thoreau
I wouldn't judge it from a still (it might look completely different in motion), but the wobbly verticals in the left one would make me reject it. You can easily blur+sharpen the one on the right to make it look like the one on the left if you want. You'll be able to see more with the levels corrected, and you can remove noise more effectively once its in the PC.
The later JVC SVHS-C camcorders have a line TBC that seems to work. The NR circuit is advertised as a "chroma noise reduction" system. Its not quite Digipure, but its better then nothing.