I have some SECAM-L tapes I am trying to record with AmarecTv. When i open AmarecTV, I get strong yellow or magenta tint over entire video. Then i go to settings and I change the input to SECAM-L or SECAM-L1, it fixes the video to correct color. However, when I press apply/ok, the video turns back to the old setting with yellow/purple tint... Once I open settings again, i see input still set as either SECAM-L or SECAM-L1 but video is wrong colors.
I tried recording in Hauppauge Capture and I am receiving correct SECAM signal there (correct colors), I unfortunately cannot record as lossless there. Therefore, issue is in AmarecTv software, not the connection.
Is there a way to fix this, please?
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One more thought. Does an actual capture - not just the preview - show the same issue ?
I will try your solutions and let you know...
Regarding point 1, i press apply which corrects the color but the video freezes. Then If i want to return to capture video screen, I cannot do so unless I also confirm 'ok'. Hence, there's no way to close settings window without pressing 'ok'.
I will try your other two solutions later today as well and keep you posted. thanks for suggesting these..
Regarding the preview, I confirm I also recorded the video and recorded video had yellow/magenta tint as well. Therefore, the issue is not in preview but also in recorded video. I read somewhere here that others also had different results in preview and recorded videos so I always try to test both.
Thanks a lot for your suggestions, this is very helpful
Just one more thought (been a fair bit of discussion about this on here lately)
You say you have Secam tapes. Were these recorded in France or elswhere ? Only France used Secam-L. Other countries used variants all of which are at odds with Secam-L
Now is your vcr a pure Secam-L machine and not one marked PAL/Mesecam ? A pure Secam-L tape can only be played back correctly in a pure or mult-standard vcr. PAL/Mesecam vcrs are not suitable for this.
However, when I press apply/ok, the video turns back to the old setting with yellow/purple tint...
Attached an example; it's for a complete capture, you do not need it if capturing with AmarecTV, just to show you the right filter:
Try VicrtualVCR (works on Win7) not sure on win10, lossless codec supported (huff, lags etc..)
Re-reading the OP gives me some 'clues'
Haupauge Capture only does PAL and NTSC.
Haupauge WinTV also adds (pure)Secam IIRC
So if you get a proper capture in Haupauge Capture you do not have pure Secam sources. Sometimes you have to make good with what you have. Lossless may be the aim yet you will still re-encode for distribution
apologies, I should have enclosed screenshot from Hauppauge Capture as well in my original post, it would have cleared-up some of your questions sooner.
To answer your questions:
1. The tapes are true SECAM-L. The tapes contain recordings from French TV station (Paris Premiere) and all tapes were physically recorded in Paris, France as well on SECAM VCR.
2. Previously, I was testing tapes on PANASONIC NV-FS200 (NTSC,PAL,MESECAM type). I played PAL tapes on this VCR and they were in color. I played French tapes on this VCR and they were black & white (common problem when you play SECAM tapes on PAL VCR).
3. I now acquired JVC HR-S9700MS which is true SECAM-L VCR (compared to JVC HR-S9700 which is its PAL version). On this VCR, the SECAM-L French tapes are being played in color.
4. Before the VCR arrived, i talked to Hauppauge support. I talked to Elton and asked if Hauppauge supports SECAM-L, he said yes.
5. When i launch Hauppauge Capture, it does offer SECAM standard on top of PAL/NTSC. And video was being played correctly as true SECAM in correct colors. (I attach screenshot this time). It was just the compression/low quality I had issue with.
6. The problem was AmarecTv was not properly reading it as SECAM despite correct setting, however, lollo's answer fixed the issue for me so I will reply to him separately.
Thanks for your comments, it was very helpful.
you are a true superstar and lifesaver... (literally). I tried your solution and it worked like a charm! I also did test recordings and the recordings are in correct color AND in much better quality than my Hauppauge capture. Thanks a lot for your help
You should get a medal
BTW, another workaround is to disinstall the drivers and the software and reinstall the driver not in stand-alone mode but with the Hauppage software, choosing since the beginning the SECAM setting.
A lossless HuffYUV capture is superior, no doubt; if you plan any restoration is even more important.
However, when I compare a lossless capture with a mpeg2 capture at 10mbps the difference is not very big: https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/401818-Best-VHS-device-capture-and-software-for-Wi...10#post2619614
The key factor is noise: if you have a high amount of noise in your source, the mpeg2 encoding has a difficult task.
In any case, stay with lossless and you'll never be wrong!
Edit: I see in your small picture that you have some distortion on the vertical lines, because unfortunately the lineTBC (Digital T.B.C./N.R.) of the JVC HR-S9700MS is not active for SECAM tapes. You may need to add a DVD-R recorder in pass-trough mode, not sure it will work for SECAM signals.
Last edited by lollo; 16th Mar 2023 at 09:01.
For my part, I must apologise.
I have often stated that one should NEVER respond before the 2nd coffee of the day. Whilst I have both WinTV and Hauppage Capture I did not check either since I know that WinTv supports PAL60 yet I do not recall Hauppauge Capture not supporting that which led me to confuse the issue.
Even so, I hope I clarified the issue of PAL/MeSecam vcrs against pure PAL-L vcrs - an issue which you found out.
But glad to read that your issue is now resolved - I only came across French Tv channels when they switched to PAL(digital ?) when one could, with the right card, view them on a UK receiver.
Not really relevant here but there is a mirror analogy. Being a 'collector' of film that has different versions for different countries, I did outsource one film available in France which had content what was not available eleshere. When I received the dvd, even from a French national, the skin tones were very 'Yellow'. Which kinda reminded me of these original issues.
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