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  1. Hello, a while back I started a thread on here asking about the process of converting VHS tapes to DVDs and spent much time working on my end to get to where I can do it on my own, but eventually got burned out and shoved the project to the side for a while. Reason being I couldn't get the technology right. I was thinking about it earlier today and thought I'd give this another shot. I have the equipment to convert tapes, but have had quality issues with the converted footage. When converted, the colors of the image will look desaturated or have some other random issue, and sometimes the sound will have deteriorated. I thought I'd start fresh and start over and ask here if anyone that converts frequently would like to share with me their methods of converting tapes. It'd be much easier than having me create my own, and will hopefully help me get to where I can convert tapes without trouble.
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    just a thought, having done some with much less than optimal equipment (but affordable for low volume home video capture/conversion) ...
    if your source VHS is old and crappy and probably second generation copy or worse, and thus VERY noisy and wavy and colour-desaturated and with lots of artifacts and colour bleeding, then there is only so much you can do with it and it will never ever look as good as some of the conversion results posted here where the sources appear to be a lot cleaner - and I've tried, with great advice from the people here and elsewhere.

    i ended up going back from vapoursynth to avisynth x64 portable and using filters like
    deblock_qed (my capture equipment introduced bad blocking),
    MDegrain1/2/3/4 with pre-filtered motion clip
    cnr2 (an oldie but a goldie)
    Spotless
    a deinterlacer (not necessarily QTGMC although you could use that) for 25i to 50p (at end, down to 25p for DVD)
    RemoveDirtMC_SE to further denoise
    aWarpSharp2(clip, chroma=6, thresh=128, blur=FCBW_blur, type=1, depth=10) # reduce chroma bleed, using edge mask from the luma to warp the chroma channels only
    possibly ColorYUV to auto adjust

    cheers

    edit: care to post a sample un-processed input file ?
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  3. Originally Posted by hydra3333 View Post
    just a thought, having done some with much less than optimal equipment (but affordable for low volume home video capture/conversion) ...
    if your source VHS is old and crappy and probably second generation copy or worse, and thus VERY noisy and wavy and colour-desaturated and with lots of artifacts and colour bleeding, then there is only so much you can do with it and it will never ever look as good as some of the conversion results posted here where the sources appear to be a lot cleaner - and I've tried, with great advice from the people here and elsewhere.

    i ended up going back from vapoursynth to avisynth x64 portable and using filters like
    deblock_qed (my capture equipment introduced bad blocking),
    MDegrain1/2/3/4 with pre-filtered motion clip
    cnr2 (an oldie but a goldie)
    Spotless
    a deinterlacer (not necessarily QTGMC although you could use that) for 25i to 50p (at end, down to 25p for DVD)
    RemoveDirtMC_SE to further denoise
    aWarpSharp2(clip, chroma=6, thresh=128, blur=FCBW_blur, type=1, depth=10) # reduce chroma bleed, using edge mask from the luma to warp the chroma channels only
    possibly ColorYUV to auto adjust

    cheers

    edit: care to post a sample un-processed input file ?
    The VHS tapes I use are usually of a decent quality. About as decent as an old tape can be. But the tapes are much better than how they look converted. When something looks desaturated, it didn't look desaturated at the source. Which software would you recommend the most for me to download? I'll try out those specifications.

    To get an idea of what I'm dealing with, check out post #94 at the link:
    https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/399840-VHS-to-DVD-quality-issue/page4

    Feel free to check out that whole thread if you'd like.
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  4. Originally Posted by cinemakyle01 View Post
    When something looks desaturated, it didn't look desaturated at the source.
    Then crank up the saturation in your capture device's proc amp settings. Or boost the saturation after capturing.

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    Gee that is a really great source compared to every VHS tape I have !
    Good luck.
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    Originally Posted by cinemakyle01 View Post
    I thought I'd start fresh and start over and ask here if anyone that converts frequently would like to share with me their methods of converting tapes. It'd be much easier than having me create my own, and will hopefully help me get to where I can convert tapes without trouble.
    What hardware you have so far? and forget DVD if you want decent quality, Capture lossless, de-interlace and encode to h.264.
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