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VHS Caputre: Colour channeling(?) is off...

by kelwinwong / March 28, 2005 2:30 PM PST

Hi there. I an NEW at VHS capturing, so please excuse the absence of technical terms here. I'm capturing an old VHS tape I have to archive onto DVD. I run the tape on my VCR and video out to my Sony mini DV camcorder using those yellow head and white head (there's a red head, but the VCR only has two slots) video cables. The video however, has this problem:

As you can see, there's a ghost image appearing, but it's a coloured ghost image, I've used TMPGenc and Virtual Dub with their filters to combat ghost images, however, they don't eliminate this at all. Is there any software out there that can save this video or is this a case of old aged video?

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by Art / March 28, 2005 5:04 PM PST

If you think it's the tape then why not put it in the vcr and take a look on a tv set? If it is the tape then my guess is that not much can be done with it.

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Is this some commercial tape.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2005 8:13 PM PST

You may be seeing a copy protection side effect.

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How to tell?
by kelwinwong / April 8, 2005 3:43 PM PDT

Hi, how do I tell it's a copy protected tape? Because I didn't consider that it was. It's just a promotional VHS given out to tv stations for their use. So i wouldn't think it would have copy protection

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I'd have to see the tape..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2005 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: How to tell?

But try this. Some VCRs have a "tracking" function. I find that pushing that up or down a tad can help a little.

You don't want to know I have no less than 6 VCRs in the office and try each one when a problem tape comes in. Some work better than others and never the same unit. How many players have you tried? How many digitizers have you tried? I have no less than 3 to try.


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