I'm capturing old VHS tapes and, as would be expected, a lot of them are in pretty bad shape.
One tape in particular is doing that thing where the frame seems to scroll up and down rapidly (I don't know what the name for that is), and I was wondering if anyone knew of any software or plugins that might fix it. I definitely don't have the time to go through any frame-by-frame manual process.
Here's a sample of what I'm talking about
I've got the adobe CS4 suite as well as Sony Vegas Pro 12.
Any ideas as to how I might stabilize these images? Is this a fruitless endeavor?
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Thread: VHS "Vertical Jumping"
Software, definately no. Hardware, maybe
How does this tape display on a tv ?. If it shows the same issue then even hardware probably can not fix this. I guess a very, very weak transfer from your original source to VHS.
You might be unlucky in that your tapes are wrecked for some reason, but you might have specific issues with your capture set-up which are causing these problems. Work these issues out, and you may be able to capture just fine. Don't assume that VHS should be a wobbly jumpy mess. Some blur and noise (especially on colours) is inevitable, but nothing else is.
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
Also suggest you, carefully, flip the tape cover and inspect the edge of this tape.
Does the edge have 'teeth' ?