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    I've been transferring some old TV shows on VHS video to DVD. I use my standalone DVD recorder. I then take that disc recording and demux using VOB Edit. Then, I use Cuttermaran to edit out the commercials. Then, I send the new VLC files to DVD Author GUI to add menus and create the final disc.

    My question is: am I losing picture quality by doing this?

    I know in the old days of video tape that this would be like a third or fourth generation copy and the picture would get worse with each generation.

    Thanks for your help! Ron
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    No, you are not losing quality. When working with digital video, generation loss comes from re-encoding compressed video with another, lossy compression format. The process you are using is not re-encoding and therefore the data that goes in is the same as what comes out.
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    Thanks! That's good to know.
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    At the beginning of the process when you capture the video from VHS tape, you can insure the best quality video if you use a time base corrector. Tape is flexible and can also stretch. This tends to cause a type of distortion that can be quite visible and annoying in some cases. The older the tape, the more likely you are to have this type of distortion.
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