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  1. I know, I's a $25 USB Dongle grabber so what should I expect, but I figured why not try, maybe it works maybe it doesn't, reviews weren't terrible so I had some hope.

    So, is there any point or easy way to fix this badly distorted input signal? (See sample)

    The footage shows cleanly in the viewfinder of the camcorder. Is it a timing issue? Anything I can do apart from spending lots more $$?

    1. VGB300 USB Grabber
    2. Canon UC9Hi Camcorder
    3. 2018 Macbook Pro

    I am using composite (Yellow) cable right now. Any point in getting/trying a S-video cable to resolve the distortion?

    Thanks for any input!
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  2. it's not a matter of cable but stability of the signal, see here:
    I bought mine ~50 2nd hand, it works great

    Or if you can find and old high end Hi8 camcorder, i'm pretty sure those have a tbc
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  3. It does look like a time base issue.

    If you have a choice to use S-video instead of composite, try that. Or, if you are already using the S-video connection, go to composite.

    Your sample does look like home video, but if this is a commercial tape, it might be protected by Macrovision. Your sample video looks almost exactly what I remember seeing, decades ago, the last time I saw a Macrovision tape transfer.

    One last thing to check are all the settings in the capture software. I don't hold up much hope here, but sometimes there are settings for various things that might affect stability. I can't remember now, but the Japan variant of NTSC (NTSC-J) has slightly different reference levels, and that might affect the way the sync pulses are read.
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