Question I have. Do you have the internal TBC switched out or in on your Sony decks in that setup?
Wow, what a setup! (drool face)
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Is the DPS-210 taking DUB in and then using the s-video out? I feel ignorant but I didn't realise that you could use s-video out without s-video in... I would have assumed dub in means dub out. Is it the DPS-210 that's converting the color-under from the DUB connection? Wish I had a unit that did that...
Yeah it's converting DUB to svideo.
Alternatively, there exist boxes that are just for the DUB > Svideo conversion. See this thread and this product:
Something i've been looking into for an upcoming umatic project.
That's a really interesting device. I guess the benefit of the DPS is that it's also serving a TBC function, which that DUB converter wouldn't.
True. But there's something to be said about removing as much of the vintage gear as possible out of the lineage. I haven't found much info on whether or not a common VHS TBC (Datavideo units, etc) will also work on umatic signals. Hoping it will, and probably end up trying that out eventually.
I don't think the DataVideo TBCs would handle Umatic very well. There are rack TBC units that were designed for Umatic signals (include DUB i/o etc). But then you're again caught in this odd situation where you've taken an s-video signal from the DUB converter and need a TBC that has s-video i/o.
I'm currently thinking Umatic > DUB converter > FOR A FA-310 or DPS-575 would be a good workflow with minimal gear. Hopefully can test this soon.
Yeah please let us know.
The other thing i'm wondering is how to possibly hook up a Domesday duplicator for capture, like the ld-decode thread. I see RF out on most umatic decks, but I assume that's just a coax out video signal, not actual head RF. Considering it's a miracle these days to get footage off these old tapes, a straight RF capture that can down the line be decoded would be a good bet, just to save the raw output.
DPS-295. These two also appear to be the last DPS TBC models with native U-matic DUB support?
DaVinci Resolve's color tools. Newer tools like VirtualDub2, AviSynth+, and StaxRip should take care of handling deep color. Garbage in, garbage out and all that.
Sadly, every analog tape era TBC that I'm aware of appears to be 8-bit color once you engage the TBC circuit, no matter who made it or how much it cost. Something more modern like the Ensemble Designs BrightEye 75 should give much better performance all around, including deep color. Anybody know when 10-bit deep color pipeline TBCs started showing up?
Just be aware that you'll almost certainly need a PCIe or Thunderbolt 3 capture card to actually get 10-bit. Every USB 3.0 capture card I'm aware of - outside Blackmagic's now-discontinued UltraStudio SDI and Intensity Shuttle boxes - are 8-bit only, even from the likes of AJA or Magewell.
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Ensemble Design devices sample video at 12bit for higher accuracy and process it at 10bit, Audio is always 24bit/48KHz. Since I don't do a lot of post work I output as 8bit and in the encoding stage I bring the audio down to 16bit/48KHz, HiFi tracks comes out crystal clear.