Thread: How to get the best quality when transferring your old vids

    • 9 years 8 months ago
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    Wow, great advice, I'm going to fire up my VCR.
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      • 9 years 8 months ago
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      Nah, I'll just use my DVD recorder.
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        • 9 years 8 months ago
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        And that's fine, there's nothing wrong with a DVD recorder - if compression artifacts aren't a big deal to you. But if you're serious about quality, then DV is the only way to go to accurately capture, edit and preserve video. I didn't make any claims that my method is for everyone, just those who are serious about wanting to have the best possible archival quality for their videos.

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          • 9 years 7 months ago
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          Say sm2000, out of curiosity what kind of video camara did you use to transfer your videos to computer.
            • 9 years 7 months ago
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            Am I the only person in the whole wide world who goes here now?
              • 9 years 7 months ago
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              Oh yeah sm2000, do you know how much money a time-base corrector costs?
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                • 9 years 5 months ago
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                I just got a new computer with Windows Vista, and now my Dazzle card doesn't work right. One of those Blue Screen of Death situations. Anyway, I am unable to hook a VCR to my DV video camera. My camera doesn't have the hookup. JVC GR-D27OU. Is there a cheap way to hook a VCR up to my computer via firewire?
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                  • 9 years 3 months ago
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                  Best article award. Two thumbs way up! Cool. Breath taking. :eek: Good information :rolleyes: Not confusing Ok you get the point!

                  EDIT: 10-24-07 I don't remember posting this at all... Did I?
                  And with that, I'm gone with the shadows...
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                    • 8 years 3 months ago
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                    oh-my-God

                    THANK YOU!!!!
                    UFC is great
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                      • 8 years 3 months ago
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                      Wow, glad to see this is still here! And that so many people seem to have found it useful.

                      Dangit, I wanted to fix some of the formatting, but it seems the length of the article exceeds the current max length for a post and won't allow me to save my changes...grrrr
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                        • 8 years 3 months ago
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                        Yeah, this is really good advice.
                          • 8 years 2 months ago
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                          I have a question.
                          I use pinnacle studio plus to capture & edit my videos in DV format.
                          Sometimes when I'm capturing video. The video gets frozen(Like on a scratched DVD) & some of the audio is missing what's the problem?
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                            • 8 years 2 months ago
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                            Quote by the90sruled
                            I have a question.
                            I use pinnacle studio plus to capture & edit my videos in DV format.
                            Sometimes when I'm capturing video. The video gets frozen(Like on a scratched DVD) & some of the audio is missing what's the problem?


                            It's hard to say exactly, there could be any number of reasons. Are you using a FireWire cable for capturing? I find that a direct link between your camcorder and computer is the best route, I've never had much faith in those so-called "capture cards." Ditto USB capture devices - Firewire is the best way to go when capturing DV, hands down.

                            Another thing to make sure of is that when you're capturing, you're NOT doing anything else. Any little hiccup in available processor power or RAM can make or break a capture. So when capturing, don't surf the net or use an instant messaging program or play Tetris or anything else. ONLY do the capturing, then when it's done go off and do whatever else you want to do. In short, capturing video doesn't like it when you multitask, so don't tempt fate.

                            Finally, if you're having problems a LOT when capturing, try ot capture smaller chunks at a time. Sometimes if you try to capture too much in one go (like a full half hour or hour's worth of footage all at once without stopping), it can cause the audio to "drift" or if there's a hiccup it can corrupt the capture entirely when it tries to finalize it after you click stop.

                            These are the most commons things I can think of off the top of my head. Hope that helps!
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                              • 8 years 2 months ago
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                              Quote by blueluigi
                              Yeah, this is really good advice.


                              Oh, in answer to your question from a million years ago (well okay, ONE year ago...while I was away from the board, alas), I use my Digital8 camcorder as a pass-through time base corrector. So as to how much a TBC costs, well, basically however much you can get a camcorder with built in TBC for. My model is the Sony DCR-TRV820 (I also have a TRV720, which is the exact same model minus a few features). Both of these models have built in time base correction and allow for passing the video signal through. They also both have a huge 3.5" flip-out screen which is great to have as a mini-monitor during transfers. I'm sure that other models allow for the same function, I just haven't bothered to look much farther into it since the results I've achieved with those two models have been plenty amazing enough.
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                                • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                When I'm capturing video why does it sometimes drop frames?
                                It's really annoying...
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                                  • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                  Quote by the90sruled
                                  When I'm capturing video why does it sometimes drop frames?
                                  It's really annoying...


                                  Once again, make sure you're not doing ANYTHING else while you're capturing, always use Firewire (I have quite literally NEVER had dropped frames since switching exclusively to Firewire for capturing; avoid those capture cards and USB capture devices like the plague, they always drop frames no matter what you do it seems...), and if it's still giving you problems then you probably need a little extra memory in your system to be able to properly deal with all the incoming data. Also make sure you're defragmenting your hard drive on a regular basis, as a fragmented drive can also affect captures in this way.
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                                    • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                    Quote by sm2000
                                    Quote by the90sruled
                                    When I'm capturing video why does it sometimes drop frames?
                                    It's really annoying...


                                    Once again, make sure you're not doing ANYTHING else while you're capturing, always use Firewire (I have quite literally NEVER had dropped frames since switching exclusively to Firewire for capturing; avoid those capture cards and USB capture devices like the plague, they always drop frames no matter what you do it seems...), and if it's still giving you problems then you probably need a little extra memory in your system to be able to properly deal with all the incoming data. Also make sure you're defragmenting your hard drive on a regular basis, as a fragmented drive can also affect captures in this way.



                                    Where can I buy this Fireware device?
                                      • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                      How do you restore audio?
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                                        • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                        Quote by the90sruled
                                        Quote by sm2000
                                        Quote by the90sruled
                                        When I'm capturing video why does it sometimes drop frames?
                                        It's really annoying...


                                        Once again, make sure you're not doing ANYTHING else while you're capturing, always use Firewire (I have quite literally NEVER had dropped frames since switching exclusively to Firewire for capturing; avoid those capture cards and USB capture devices like the plague, they always drop frames no matter what you do it seems...), and if it's still giving you problems then you probably need a little extra memory in your system to be able to properly deal with all the incoming data. Also make sure you're defragmenting your hard drive on a regular basis, as a fragmented drive can also affect captures in this way.



                                        Where can I buy this Fireware device?


                                        It's not a device, it should be a part of your computer already. It's a type of connector, like a USB port. You use a Firewire cable to connect your digital camcorder to your computer. Most computers since around 2001 come with at least one Firewire port built in. If you DON'T have a Firewire port built in, you can get a PCI card that will provide you with a few ports. These are generally available through any decent computer parts store.

                                        But it's not a "device," it's just a different kind of cable/port that is used to connect deices to computers. Some external hard drives also use Firewire. The advantage of using it for video is it gives you a DIRECT link between your editing software and the camcorder. So you can actually control the camcorder from your editing program. Aside from that nifty little perk, it also provides the cleanest video quality for captures (see previous posts).
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                                          • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                          Quote by the90sruled
                                          How do you restore audio?


                                          That's a very long and complicated issue... But the short version is, you need some kind of audio editing software. Rip the audio from your video using you video editing software (for example, Ulead VideoStudio allows you to simply save the audio of a video clip out as a wav file). then take that wav file into an audio editing program (I use CoolEdit Pro). Once in the audio editor, you can adjust the volume, apply noise reduction to reduce hiss, equalize the audio so the bass/treble is better balanced. It's a lot of trial and error, there's really no hard and fast rules on HOW to do it, just get a decent audio editing package, learn it, and play around with it until you get the results you're looking for.

                                          Just make sure you don't actually CUT any sections out of the audio while you're editing, since that will mess up the timing when you put it back together with the video afterwards.
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