I converted several of my family's old movies from VHS to DVD and I would love to touch them up any way I can through Sony Vegas or another video editing program.
Can anyone provide restoration advice for VHS footage? Thank you!
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There is no "one size fits all" restoration technique because VHS can have so many different problems. You have to tailor the restoration to address the specific defects in your particular video. Some of the things restoration can address are:
Red color blooming (due to how NTSC chroma is encoded)
Visual noise (especially the "snow" you see on old analog video)
Chroma noise (colored shimmering)
Halos (from not knowing that you have to turn OFF the VHS "enhancement" circuits before transferring VHS to DVD)
Camera motor noise and other audio problems
Camera shake (motion stabilization didn't show up until pretty late in the VHS life cycle)
Underexposed video (most early VHS cameras required immense amounts of light
On-screen date/time display (many people want to remove this after the first few seconds of each clip)
Basic editing (get rid of blank spots and too-long takes)
Horizontal chroma shift (from digitizing a tape that is a dup, not an original)
BTW, Vegas is not a restoration app and neither is any other editor. In the long list of fixes and repairs that johnmeyer posted above, the only activity that vegas can handle is "Basic editing (get rid of blank spots and too-long takes)". You don't need an editor. You need a restoration package. Try Avisynth and VirtuaDub.- My sister Ann's brother
Samples would be most helpful, but screenshots are really very limited. Can't tell much about noise levels or frame structure from still images. What's really needed to show up problems and give you advice is a few seconds of video, especially video with motion of some kind (people or objects moving, gesturing, walking, etc.). You can make a short m2v video sample directly from DVD using the free and simple DGindex utility. It takes longer to describe it than to do it. Here's a link to an old post that shows you how: https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/359295-Record-without-interlacing?p=2272359&viewfu...=1#post2272359.- My sister Ann's brother
Yikes! I got so busy at work this past week so I haven't had a chance to share a clip. Thanks for your patience and I can't wait to have a sec to share a sample and learn from you all. Hope you're all enjoying a good Friday!