Is Intensity Pro good enough to be used to capture VHS tapes? I can buy it for around 33€ or 43€ with breakout cable. Intensity Pro 4K doesn't seem to be good at it, but what about the older model? I already have Hauppauge Live 2 but i think about trying hdmi capture with Sony RDR-HXD895 that has hdmi output. Can it capture 576i on hdmi input? Does it handle vhs signal through composite and s-video well?
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However, it's HDMI capturing is perfectly good!
Do you think that 33€ is a good price for that card?
If you want to try the HDMI route, get the Intensity Pro and a Panasonic DVD or DVD/HDD recorder with HDMI out. If not, you are better off using the Hauppauge Live 2 with some DMR recorder in passthrough.
From what i have read the HDMI Panasonics TBC is worse than DMR-ES10 one and they still have clipping issue that can't be really controlled.
Here i posted some samples comparing its TBC to DMR-ES10 (s-video out).
https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/410057-Passthrough-DVD-recorder-but-it-is-SECAM-L-...35#post2695035 The second video is the best example i think. Other doesn't show the difference that much. Sony has weaker frame sync but TBC is not that bad, it seems good enough for good tapes.
I have the Intensity Pro and it's useless for capturing VHS via it's own analog inputs.
However, used just to "dump" the HDMI digital stream from a Panasonic (which play the role of a digitizer) to a PC is perfect. I have no experience with the Sony device.
User latreche34 also uses the BlackMagic to "dump" the SDI digital stream from a BrightEye75 with excellent results.
I have no experience with these Sony machines either.
The clipping appears to be much more pronounced with Panasonics made for the North American market (native NTSC machines). I have a European DMR-EH 575 (HDMI) and never ran into significant clipping with it.
(It's different from some other capture cards like the avermedia I have which does apparently have some hdcp thing in it so it handshakes but shows copy protected content warning instead of image - that did not happen on the BM intensity shuttle.)
You also want to set the output resolution in the dvd-recorder settings manually once it's connected to something over HDMI it recognizes and those settings are available. It can be a bit finnicky to set up the first time.
For checking if it's HDMI input on the card is working I guess an option if you have it is to hook the output from a different computer instead, I don't think that has HDCP enabled by default other than Apple Macs.
Last edited by oln; 19th Sep 2023 at 05:19.
Going to my main idea of HDMI capture- it definitely looks cleaner to me compared to s-video capture with hauppauge but I would still choose DMR-ES10 s-video capture over HDMI with sony or simillar pioneers. JadHC user also noticed green tint on his pioneer compared to es10.
Here is a link to single frame comparsion with TV test pattern captured in 90s: https://imgsli.com/MjA5ODcz/0/2
I uploaded there 3 images:
- Sony s-video frame 35
- Sony hdmi 35 frame
- ES10 s-video frame 55
The test pattern is on vhs from 90s. It was overrecorded and lasts about 2 seconds. My JVC struggled to keep tracking here thats why i chose different ES10 frame.