Hello.. finally getting around to digitizing about 50 old hi-8mm tapes from a Sony Handycam via Firewire. Wondering what software/format/method is going to give me the best possible end result when all is said and done? I have the windowslive moviemaker, Roxio10 (although it's a little quirky) and an unregistered Nero10.
This is a one time operation so I don't want to put a lot of $ into it but I do want the best possible video quality with these old family tapes.
Any suggestions would be appreciated - thanks!
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So you already have a Digital8 camcorder that plays Hi8 tapes and converts them to digital through Firewire. What is the model number?
Skip all the software you mentioned and use WinDV or a similar app that is directly targetted to taking in DV video from camcorders. The quality won't be any different between these apps: they just read the bits out of the Firewire cable and put them into a container on your hard drive. The only thing that affects the quality in this case is the camcorder itself.
Take a look at the manual for your camcorder and search for terms like TBC (time base corrector) and DNR (digital noise reduction).
Thanks for the input.. It's a TRV330 - pretty decent in its day I guess but I only keep it around now for the night vision. TBC/DNR are both currently on. I forgot about windv but I've got that around here somewhere and will give it a shot - It's great to have a digital record of these videos, they're just not the quality I would hope for and was looking for the best way to get the most out of them.
You might try capturing the Hi8 tapes to lossless YUY2 then. Whether you will notice the difference to DV if you compare the two captures? That's up to your personal visual system.
But lossless or uncompressed will let you play around with levels, colors, masking, editing, etc. without incurring generational losses.
You can use the same camcorder for playback and instead of having the camcorder do the conversion to digital, use a capture card or USB capture device to convert the S-Video signal and audio.
I connect the VHS to the D8 using a "3 RCA plugs to a single 4 pin 3.5mm plug" cable. With the D8s "signal convert function" turned on, the analogue signal is converted to digital for capture on the computer. The D8 also plays back Hi8 tapes converting the signal to digital for capture. (A number of my Hi8 tapes have dual audio tracks which can be a problem as the D8 will only play back one track).
I use FCP, (Premiere on the Windows machine), or Quicktime, to capture the footage. I clean up the captured footage in FCP. I add fade in and out, and crop the top and sides of the image. (It looks better on a widescreen TV).
For my favourite recordings I use the NEAT VIDEO NOISE REDUCTION filter. http://www.neatvideo.com/examples.html
It does cost 40 Euros, so you may not feel it's absolutely necessary. It's available for a number of applications, http://www.neatvideo.com/download.html, but sadly not for WindowsMovie maker. It does take a huge amount of time to render depending on the speed of your machine; but I've found the results well worth the time & money.
After that I use Compressor and DSP4 to make the DVD; or Elgato Turbo264 HD to create an M4v file for iTunes. Sorry I can't help with suggestions for making the DVD in Windows. I assume Roxio 10, or one of the free DVD Authouring apps on the site, will take care of that. EDIT: I just noticed there's a free program called "Windows DVD Maker" on my Windows 7 machine. It's available from Microsoft.
So that's how I convert my Hi8 and VHS tapes. Hope it helps a bit.
Last edited by phase52001; 19th Mar 2013 at 00:32.
Errors removed. I confess: it was late and I blew it.
Last edited by sanlyn; 19th Mar 2013 at 20:26.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 don't know what's wrong with it. All I quoted was standard methods often recommended here and elsewhere for getting the best out of your transfers. Apparently that's not what you wanted.
And you probably won't like the pro's, either, but give it a try: http://www.digitalfaq.com/guides/vid...rd-capture.htm
Last edited by sanlyn; 19th Mar 2013 at 18:02.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
Last edited by phase52001; 19th Mar 2013 at 19:57.
Hm. The "welcome" was for troykeith. I also see that between the time I started typing and the time I hit submit and closed the Netbook I was using, the quote paragraph from your post was overwritten, or otherwise just not there. I hate touchpads. Seems that quote should be before the FCP comment, and actually after the quote from troykeith. So, yeah, I musta hit multiple keys and totally blew it.
I'm not aware of any offensive material...if any was there or came off that way, I most certainly did edit it.
Tell you what: since I royally screwed up the post, and since you've been here long enough to know far more than your post revealed about proper capture and processing, then most of that post is irrelevant. And if you found it offensive, no telling what a total noob would think. So since you have a copy - which has errors I didn't see at the time, and which you don't want anyway, and which therefore makes it misleading and irrelevant.....I appreciate that you re-directed my attention to it.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
wow, look like I missed a lot.. I did some experimenting with windv and the files seem to be about 13GB per hour of video?? I've got the discontinuity set to 0 but there doesn't seem to be much more to this program.
Forgive my ignorance, but is the process to rip at the highest possible quality and then constrain the final movie to fit onto a dvd? If not, then even a DL disk wouldn't hold much more than 30 minutes of video unless I'm missing something in this process.
Most of the hi-8 tapes I'm converting seem to be about 90 minutes long so I'm looking at about 20GB per tape. Can you suggest the best way to get the highest quality end result on the least number of DVD's?
Use the free mediainfo utility to get the specs on the video you captured, and post the text from mediainfo in this thread. http://www.videohelp.com/tools/MediaInfo .If you captured to AVI it's likely you captured to uncompressed AVI. If you had captured to something like DivX, etc., AVI you would get about 3GB per hour depending on the codec. If you captured to lossless compressed AVI with Lagarith, 13GB or so is about right. It will be smaller when encoded to MPEG.
I don't really know what you did because I don't know what you mean by "rip". I think you mean "captured".
Have you seen this ?: http://www.digitalfaq.com/guides/video.htm
Last edited by sanlyn; 22nd Mar 2013 at 13:50.
Hourly rates for 720x480i 4:2:2 video
Uncompressed (82.94Mbps @ 30fps): 34.8GiB
Huffyuv lossless*: ~24GiB
Ut Video lossless*: ~22GiB
x264 lossless (4:2:0 downconversion)*: ~21GiB
Ut Video lossless (4:2:0 downconversion)*: ~18.5GiB
DV** lossy (4:1:1 downconversion): 10.99GiB
8Mbps lossy for spinning DVDR medium (MPEG-2, H.264, etc.) (4:2:0 downconversion): 3.52GiB
40Mbps lossy for spinning Blu-ray medium (MPEG-2, H.264, etc.) (4:2:0 downconversion): 17.58GiB
* Lossless filesizes are entirely dependent on the compressibility of the content. The noisier it is, the bigger the file. The cleaner, the smaller.
** This number looks odd to those of us used to quoting the typical DV-AVI hourly rate. That's because this one is without audio.
Sanlyn may have been thinking of capturing a 20-odd minute TV show with his 13GB memory.
Last edited by vaporeon800; 23rd Mar 2013 at 11:48.
I didn't consider capturing to DV. Now that analog noise has been lossy-encoded, I'll step aside. Trying to clean noisy analog-to-DV and re-encode to DVD is a waste of time. Whatever the O.P. wants.
Last edited by sanlyn; 23rd Mar 2013 at 09:26.