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  1. HI all!

    I'm digitalizing some old VHS-C tape recorded with a JVC camcorder from the late 80's (i dont have the reference anymore).
    I'm playing them in a Toshiba RDXV50 VCR/DVD combin.

    It's playing fine for most of them except for a group of tapes that seem to have a tracking issue. These tapes belong all to the same time period, so i feel like it was a setting in the camcorder that got changed because they all got the exact same line artefact that show up at the exact same place.

    Here is a sample : https://youtu.be/yCLd-oXuzzg

    So my question are :

    Is it a tracking issue or something else?
    can i fix it with a VCR who has a manual tracking option?
    If so, what are the most accessible VCR that can do that ?

    thank you very much!
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  2. Mountains of gear vaporeon800's Avatar
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    I don't think tracking will help, but you can try it. From Toshiba RDXV50KF manual, pg 79.

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  3. Thank you for your help! Good surprise to find out i have a tracking option on my VCR!

    Playing with the tracking result in moving this line upper or lower but i can't totally get rid of it. When i almost manage to put it out of the way there are more lines appearing everywhere or things like that.

    Any suggestion what might be the issue ? Again the weird part is that its not only this tape, its like 7 tapes over 50. And these 7 tapes have been recoded one after another. Like if I changed a setting in the camera at the time, or maybe damaged it ?
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  4. If you can't get rid of the problem you can try using two captures. For example, one cap with the noise in the top half of the frame, one with the noise in the bottom half. Then paste the good half of one cap with the good half of the other in an editor.
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    If you can't get rid of the problem you can try using two captures. For example, one cap with the noise in the top half of the frame, one with the noise in the bottom half. Then paste the good half of one cap with the good half of the other in an editor.
    Noting this only works if you have zero dropped frames.
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  6. Originally Posted by lordsmurf View Post
    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    If you can't get rid of the problem you can try using two captures. For example, one cap with the noise in the top half of the frame, one with the noise in the bottom half. Then paste the good half of one cap with the good half of the other in an editor.
    Noting this only works if you have zero dropped frames.
    It works with dropped frames, it's just harder to join them together.
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    Instead of pasting/editing, this is a good use for AVISynth MEDIAN processing (I'd recommend 3+ captures, though).

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  8. Originally Posted by Cornucopia View Post
    Instead of pasting/editing, this is a good use for AVISynth MEDIAN processing (I'd recommend 3+ captures, though).

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    Is that the right tool for this? I though that was for averaging multiple captures to reduce noise. I think what jagabo was suggesting was to take two captues, one with the noise bar at the top and the other with the tracking control set to move the noise bar to the bottom. You then take the top half of one capture and the bottom half of the other catpure and you end up with a video with no noise bar. I would do this in my NLE rather than AVISynth, both to help delete a frame here or there to line up the captures when there is a dropped frame and also because it will make it easier to feather the boundary between the two captures.
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  9. Median would work too. The OP will have to move the noise to three different locations to use a median of 3 caps (or 5 for median of 5 caps). So it takes more caps. On the other hand the filter can automatically adjust to dropped frames.
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    Why is anybody losing frames?!! If you are losing frames, your setup is not optimal (no tbc, insufficient subsystem horsepower, etc).

    Yes, I assumed one would adjust tracking to get 1 w high noisebar, 1 w mid, 1 w low. The median function does not find the average it finds ONLY the most common (middle) value. So if pixel 192:235 has 2 clean & 1 noise value, the middle one is clean. Throws out outliers, whereas mean/average keeps them in the mix in there, even if their weighting is less. Plus it is amazing for reduction of any kind of playback-originated noise, since it favors the non-random.

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  11. I've tried capturing twice with the line in a different position but i don't get something clean when i compose both together. the picture flickers at different moment on both cap, there a dropped frames, etc... I will try AVISynth with more captures

    FIY I'm working on Linux and capturing with a cheap EasyCap device since its the only thing i found is working on Linux.

    My command line to capture is :

    ffmpeg -f v4l2 -standard secam -thread_queue_size 1024 -i /dev/video2 -f alsa -thread_queue_size 1024 -i hw:1,0 -ac 2 -ab 320k -vf yadif=1,scale=768:576,format=yuv420p -c:v libx264 -crf 19 -preset veryfast -bf 0 -g 50 -t 00:10:00 -y output.mp4
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  12. You have discovered one of the major flaws with the multiple capture approach: offset fields.
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