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  1. Member boko's Avatar
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    so, i have been reading the forum since October and i guess it's time to post a newbie post
    currently i have been playing around with a Hauppage HVR-3000 (defective 2nd hand) and a new Avermedia EZMaker7 usb capturing mainly in VirtualDub, or VirtualVCR with Huffyuv and a Sony SLV-SE610 vcr (rca) or my Sony analog handycam(s-video), and i guess i should go around buying some new stuff:

    my goal is to achieve high-amateur , mid-low pro captures. The composite captures i'm achieving right now is far from that (lots of combing, lack of TBC i guess is resulting in hue changes-dot distortions) and i am wondering which if all should be the rank of importance in improving my set up.

    1.i was thinking of getting a Blackmagic Intensity Pro, but i see it has issues with capturing vhs? is my EZmaker any close to ok for lossless? (thought it might be somewhat close to the ATI 600-650 i've been reading about)

    2.i'm also thinking of buying a Panasonic NV-HS1000 (i guess no more TBC should be needed after this?) if i'm lucky for it to be in a good condition. If not do you know how easy it will be to have it serviced?Also buying the vcr will a usb like the EZmaker will be enough for capturing?

    i would like to hear from any of you, if you have any proposals
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    also if anyone has any knowledge on this http://support.linksys.com/en-eu/support/video/KISS%20DP-558
    Linksys DP558-160 for capturing on board and then burning on the pc
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    i don't own it, i just saw the Linksys in a special offer and thought it would be handy for the tapes that i don't intend on editing, just dvd-transferring. It simply has an internal hard disk and ethernet connection to the pc. So here's a question: is there any difference in 1. capturing straight to dvd, than 2. capturing lossless and then again mpeg-2 dvd? I mean if you are going mpeg2, is it better to go straight there? (when you don't care for having a file on your computer)
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    first of all thanks for your time. I didn't make myself clear, i meant for the few cases where i will not be doing any filtering or cleaning to the tapes , just copying it to a dvd (to be honest that's gonna be the case for my uncle's tapes ) you don't really need to go pc-lossless and then down to shitty mpeg2 right? that's the reason i'm thinking about the Linksys one, to save some time from the pc. For the majority of my captures i want to go lossless editing and archiving to external hard disks and making x264 smaller copies to have for viewing. The problem is that my budget is a bit limited (or better my financial state bad) so i'm trying to make the best in my ranking. Get a MiniDV instead of a capture card? Currently i'm doing quite ok captures via s-video with the Avermedia EZmaker usb, and my hi8 handycam, but having issues with it's composite in and my vcrs (looks like TBC errors i guess). It's the change of hue/color (ex red turning to chessboard-orange) that is happening, but on the Hauppauge 3000 it does not happen , so i can't blame my vcrs or cables only. In the attached example you can see the pattern happening at the top as green squares
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    indeed. the fact that mpeg2 is getting old doesn't quite make it shitty at once

    Originally Posted by sanlyn View Post
    If there is supposed to be a tbc somewhere in the capture circuit for your example AVI, it doesn't appear to be helping. Also, unless your AVI was captured in RGB (usually it's captured as YUY2), it has been converted to RGB32.
    it might actually be in rgb by mistake. There isn't any TBC present, i meant if the error occurs because of the lack of one. the thing that happens is this: i did a test, outputting 2 rca's one in the EZmaker and the other in the Hauppage 3000. And had both "cards" capturing. Hauppage didn't have this pattern and also when i press Pause, or do Fast Forward in the Hauppage i have a steady image (in pause) or simply running (in FFW) BUT in the case of the EZmaker during pause the static image would shake/bounce from left to right, while in FFW it would reveale chroma shifting let's say. That's why i was thinking about the need? of a TBC (couldn't find if the Hauppagge actually has something like that on board). I think you get the picture without any attachment. I know it's try and error that's why i got the Hauppage 2nd hand to start and play with (but has issues), i thought the EZmaker would be discent enough since i don't care for any hardware encoding (and was hard to find any without actually). So now i had my eye on a blackmagic intensity pro but i have been reading it's not really ok for vhs, and a canopus advc55. Plus a Panasonic NV-HS1000. I don't know if you had any other suggestions or favorites between these
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