Hi, Newbie here, and I imagine this has been discussed ad nauseum so I apologize for asking again...
I have transferred some VHS tapes using Vidbox (similar to Elgato, Roxio, etc.) to my imac. I now want to burn those files to DVD for viewing...do I need to use a program to deinterlace them first before burning? I only ask because when I burn the files the way they are now (mp4 straight from Vidbox) to DVD and watch them, there is some combing, artifacts, occasional blocking, and the picture seems slightly choppy or jittery compared to the original VHS.
Thanks for the help
PS I do have a Panasonic DVD recorder and have used that to transfer VHS to DVD with great success, but I would like to be able to use the computer route for some of these VHS tapes as well.
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Is the footage interlaced?
That is the ultimate question - I believe it is interlaced since it came from a VHS tape...? However, I do not know if in the process of transfer to the iMac with the Vidbox or Elgato devices, it becomes deinterlaced or progressive. That is what I am trying to figure out I guess. If it is interlaced, should I deinterlace before burning to DVD?
DVD fully supports interlaced video so there's no need to deinterlace. The real issue is whether or not the video has been corrupted by your capture process. You should upload a short colorful sample with significant motion.
Is there another, better device or program I should investigate - without breaking the bank of course
Sorry, I don't know much about what's available for the Mac. I'm not saying your VidBox is bad -- I don't know anything about it. Which is why a short representative sample would be useful. Quality starts at the playback VCR. For best results you want an SVHS deck with a line time base corrector and decent capture device. You capture lossless or near lossless, then filter and encode.