I am the owner of a large collection of VHS cassettes (over 200 pieces) pre-recorded with popular science films, protected by macrovision. I intend to start a project of transferring them to the DVD format, using equipment collected for a few years for this purpose. Please experienced specialists in digital video refreshing for advice and suggestions on how to best connect and use existing ones devices to remove macrovision, FOTA etc. and achieving the best possible quality. I also ask for a proven script avisynth for later editing.
- SVHS - Panasonic NV-FS200 - TBC
- KeyWest - Big Voodoo TBC-10
- Panasonic ES-10
- PC - i7 + 32 Gb RAM + 4x HDD = 24 Tb + Blackmagic Intensity Pro - pci-x
I also have several different proc-amp composite processors, s-video, brightness, hue, etc ... ex: Sansui AV-77
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You are having trouble with Macrovision even with a Big Voodoo TBC-10? Anyway I would suggest getting a capture card that simply ignores macrovision completely. It's also generally not as good to transfer directly to DVD from VHS.
Use Canopus ADVC-100, it defeats macrovision from VHS and DVD no problem. I also have in my backups a japanese schematic of a circuit that does just that too.
Again, @amaipaipai, only SOME, early models of ADVC-100 defeat Macrovision. It is well-known that Canopus was leaned on by Macrovision to enforce their copy protection, so they had to close that loophole in later versions of that and in subsequent models.
That makes the option to use those models for that purpose much more of a crap shoot.
The early models works on the spot (the one I have), others ones does the same by holding input/select button. From what I hear, this works up to ADVC-300 but I don't have this model.
I had an ADVC110 from 2009 that would defeat Macrovision by using the undocumented input/select button trick. The AVT-8710 frame sync does it as well.
Of the 'one way' Canopus converters (i.e. no digital to analogue option), the ADVC50 can defeat Macrovision by selecting the appropriate jumper link combination.
I don't think the later ADVC55 model has that option....
VCR (TBC off) >
ES10 (NR off) > ... and ONLY used when needed!
external TBC (Big Voodoo = a really crappy TBC) >
capture card (DV fine for PAL 4:2:0, lousy 4:1:1 for NTSC)
You don't want the TBCs to conflict, it must be that order.
Canopus didn't "defeat" anything, just ignored the flag. But it could, and would, still get tripped up by the artificial timing errors from MV. So TBC still needed.