I think I may have posted this originally in the incorrect forum. I would like to post it here instead.
I currently have about 100 VHS to digitize that are from a local community access station. Most of these tapes are the only surviving footage as the master tapes of most of the shows were blanked and reused. The tapes were mostly recorded in EP mode to fit as many shows on them as possible so they are not the best of quality. As I would like to preserve these as best as possible, I would like suggestions on how to start. I have read a lot on the forums here over the years and every time I start the project I always worry if I am doing it the best way so it never gets started, but now it's time to get cracking.
Equipment I have so far:
Sony DVD Recorder (with hard drive - rebadged pioneer)
Toshiba DVR-620 VHS/DVD recorder combo
Panasonic S-VHS Professional AG-7350 recorder
JVC HR-9911U VHS/S-VHS VCR
Canopus ADVC-300 converter
The main goal is to be able to backup each tape to hard drive and also to DVD. I would also like to be abel to throw away the VHS tapes which are collecting dust and are taking up a lot of space. Also we are finding it harder and harder to find quality VHS decks to play them.
Any other issues or suggestions? Or other equipment to use instead? Would blackmagic products be better than the Canopus? I currently use a mac and I cannot control the Canopus via the software since it is only used for PowerPC. I can use it on my windows machine however. Also I have read about other external devices such as proc amps and video enhancers. Just wondering if I could benefit from these as well? I understand once the footage is digitized there is little that can be done after that stage which is why I want it to be done right and the best quality even if it is only VHS.
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