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

    • 8 years 9 days ago
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    Where can I get a Camcorder with Time-Base Corrector? I'm having a hard time looking for one.
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      • 8 years 5 days ago
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      Quote by the90sruled
      Where can I get a Camcorder with Time-Base Corrector? I'm having a hard time looking for one.


      Pretty much any modern camcorder has a built in TBC. But if you want to do the pass-through trick I use, you'll need an older model. Best bet is to try ebay for those. Otherwise, just get a cheap mini-DV camcorder and copy your stuff to mini-DV first, then transfer to your computer from the mini-DV tape. Same end result and quality, it just adds an extra step to the process.
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        • 7 years 11 months ago
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        Quote by the90sruled
        Where can I get a Camcorder with Time-Base Corrector? I'm having a hard time looking for one.


        Pretty much any modern camcorder has a built in TBC. But if you want to do the pass-through trick I use, you'll need an older model. Best bet is to try ebay for those. Otherwise, just get a cheap mini-DV camcorder and copy your stuff to mini-DV first, then transfer to your computer from the mini-DV tape. Same end result and quality, it just adds an extra step to the process.


        Can you do the pass-through trick by connecting the VCR to the TBC camcorder to the capture card?
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          • 7 years 11 months ago
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          Quote by the90sruled
          Quote by sm2000
          Quote by the90sruled
          Where can I get a Camcorder with Time-Base Corrector? I'm having a hard time looking for one.


          Pretty much any modern camcorder has a built in TBC. But if you want to do the pass-through trick I use, you'll need an older model. Best bet is to try ebay for those. Otherwise, just get a cheap mini-DV camcorder and copy your stuff to mini-DV first, then transfer to your computer from the mini-DV tape. Same end result and quality, it just adds an extra step to the process.


          Can you do the pass-through trick by connecting the VCR to the TBC camcorder to the capture card?


          I suppose so, but as I said you'll get the best results if you take the capture card out of the mix and just use a Firewire cable.
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            • 7 years 11 months ago
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            How do you turn on & use a digital time-base correntor(TBC) in a camcorder?
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              • 7 years 11 months ago
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              Quote by the90sruled
              How do you turn on & use a digital time-base correntor(TBC) in a camcorder?


              If you go into the onscreen menus, it should be one of the options. It's usually turned on by default.
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                • 7 years 7 months ago
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                Would you recommend this TBC for those who wish to do VHS to DVD converting & get the best quality possible:

                http://cgi.ebay.com/JVC-DIGITAL-SIGNAL-PROCESSING-SVHS-C-Camcorder_W0QQitemZ250074412408QQcmdZViewItem
                  • 7 years 5 months ago
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                  Is there anyway to improve a multi-generation tape that has staticky picture and glowing colors?
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                    • 7 years 5 months ago
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                    Quote by Dane
                    Is there anyway to improve a multi-generation tape that has staticky picture and glowing colors?


                    Running it through time-base correction will lock down and re-stabilize the picture, but color information and definition that has been lost from generation loss can't be recovered. Once it's gone, it's gone for good. You might be able to fix some of the more glaring color errors by running it through a color correction filter in your editing program, which should help reduce the bleeding a bit.
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                      • 6 years 8 months ago
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                      Id like to add that if you have a complete series of a rare cartoon, tv program, etc. Dont try cramming over 5 episodes to a single DVD, otherwise it gets all blocky looking and real shitty.
                        • 6 years 7 months ago
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                        Will a time base corrector make the ficture look less fuzzy?
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                          • 6 years 26 days ago
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                          I use a newer early 2000s VCR with good RCA cables and a video capture card. The newer VCRs are really good at stabilizing picture, tracking, etc is all automatic. Sometimes depending on the tape, I will touch up the brightness/contrast on the computer. You can even have the computer enhance video quality (sort of blends, makes any static disappear) I record to MPEG (Dvd Quality), they come out really nice, even SLP videos (which if you were cheap, you probably recorded in that to get 6hrs vs 2 on SP)
                            • 6 years 22 days ago
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                            OK, so what's the best program (mac or PC) to use for cutting commercials out of shows on the computer. I've got a bunch of old shows with commercials, and I want to take out just the commercials so I can save them (and upload a bunch to Retrojunk too).
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                              • 3 years 27 days ago
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                              Thank you so much for posting this!! We just moved and are converting all our old VHS to DVD and have been looking for an in-depth tutorial, so this comes at a perfect time. Great info! Will also check out your YouTube channel!

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