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    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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    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)
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    Originally Posted by ParadiseKendra View Post
    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!
    And can you provide us with some footage? Without a sample, we're as clueless as you are.

    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.
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    Originally Posted by johnmeyer View Post
    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)
    Thank you for the info. I will give these a try. I hope to restore my VHS tapes (about half transferred to DVD so far) to the best of my ability. I've collected some great stuff over the years and I want everything to be as polished as possible. So I certainly appreciate all the advice!

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    Originally Posted by ParadiseKendra View Post
    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!
    And can you provide us with some footage? Without a sample, we're as clueless as you are.

    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.
    YES. This weekend I will take some screenshots of the VHS footage I hope to restore. Apologies, was posting here during my lunch hour so my footage is not on me. I will definitely get one of those restoration packages. Thank you!
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    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.
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    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!
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