Hello, my name is Marcello, from Italy, nice to meet you
I recently bought a dvd recorder to move all my vhs-c tapes to dvd.
The tapes are from 1999-2004, different brands and in fact the recorded videos "survived" at different quality levels.
I recently moved one of these videos to dvd with great results, so the dvd recorder is fine and I think I'm doing the right thing with cables etc.
Today I tried with another tape. I the past I had seen this tape on my tv without the dvd recorder "in between" (just straight from the analog camera), and the quality of colors was very bad (some kind of color bleeding and "fog"). I surrendered to the fact that the video tape was probably of not very good quality and it deteriorated sooner than the other tapes. Today I hoped the dvd recorder might have done the miracle and do some improving, but it didn't. The tape was recorded on dvd with the same color problem (sometimes the picture gets so "bleeding" that the whole screen gets of just one color!).
This wouldn't be a surprise, but what follows is:
When I look inside the analog camera "hole", where you see the preview of the video in black and white and just 3 x 3 cm large, the video looks perfect!! Now, of course the black and white helps and the small size helps, but the result on the big screen should just be a bit worse, not almost completely green! It's good to know that the tape is still fine, but how can I "get it out" from there as it is?
This is a caption of the video as recorded on dvd and as it appears on the tv screen too: http://forum.videohelp.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15825&stc=1&d=1358614210
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Sorry, I couldn't imagine that I would have become one of those "post a message and solve the problem 3 minutes later" but I did
I couldn't believe the screen color level could be the cause of such a color bleeding, but it was. The color level was at 100, which was probably fine for other tapes but not for this one. I put it down back at 10 and the tape looks fine on the screen and on the dvd. Sorry for wasting your time...
Serendipity. Sometimes the best fixes are simple ones.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
...and yet, something strange: I recorded the video keeping the TV color level at 10, and it looks fine. Unfortunately when I watched the dvd on my computer, the color is again bleeding all over, like it's at 100. It's obvious that somehow the color level of the tape is 100, and that's what the dvd recorder records. I should in some way regulate the color level at the source (dvd recorder? analog camera?) but I don't think I will bother, because watching again the same dvd on tv and putting down the color at 10, the image is fine. I'll just have to remember that when I see this particular movie...