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    Hello people, this is fpmpaolo from Italy...so sorry for my bad english.

    I would like to restore & improve some old videos from the 80's.
    Years ago I transferred videos from old VHS to DVD using a DVD Recorder. I don't remember the rig I used, but they were low budget from eBay.
    Original videos were recorded in Video8, then recorded in VHS.

    Obviously VHS to DVD was not a good idea but...How can I improve image quality?

    I have DVD files (so .ifo, .bup, .VOD) so...what should I do?

    Any help will be appreciated...ciao grazie!
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    Samples needed.

    Step 1 = extract video.
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  3. Get the original Video8 tapes if you can. The transfer to VHS was a BIG mistake. The transfer to DVD probably introduced fewer problems.

    Smurf is right. No one can help you without seeing 15-20 seconds from video that is closest to the original tapes as possible.
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    No way to get the original Video8 tapes.

    Back in the days, my father used to record videos, then transfer to VHS via our VHS Recorder (Philips 4-head if I remember well).

    So I had all these 240 minutes VHS I transferred to DVD via DVD Recorder.

    I only have DVD now.

    I will upload some samples ASAP.

    Thanks for answering
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  5. Even without seeing them, the video is going to be very fuzzy. There is no way to generate new detail. The best you can hope for is contrast and color correction along with dropout removal, if your tapes have lots of "comets."
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    What do you mean with "comets"? Talking about my old dead relatives?
    If so, yes. I would like to make a better image quality just to watch them ...
    Last edited by fpmpaolo; 8th Jan 2021 at 14:26.
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    Le comete.

    Like (usually whitish) noise from dropouts.


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    Ho capito = I see...sorry I'm not much into technical terms, yet.
    Hope to learn soon!
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    Here's a page with common tape problems, the first example is comets.

    https://medium.com/pfclean-blog/identifying-common-tape-defects-for-commercial-video-r...n-677880c38daa

    I can't comment of the software used, other than it is expensive for home use.
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    Originally Posted by zing269 View Post
    Here's a page with common tape problems, the first example is comets.
    https://medium.com/pfclean-blog/identifying-common-tape-defects-for-commercial-video-r...n-677880c38daa
    Grazie for the link. Most of the videos I have transferred from Video8 to VHS suffer from "Exessive Tape Noise", some "Tape Banding", some "Transverse Tape Damage".
    I will encode some minutes of the first videos I transferred to DVD and I will upload it.
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