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Cleaning up VHS rips?

Discussion in 'Resource center' started by CuFk, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. CuFk

    CuFk Member

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    Hey!

    I'm copying my old VHS tapes to my harddrive. As you might know there usually are alot of noise and color bleed in old VHS tapes. Is there any way/software that can clean up the image? I belive that I've read somewhere that it is possible...

    One more thing. What resolution am I supposed to use when capturing video to the computer from a VHS-tape?

    Cheers!
     
  2. varnull

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    On a PAL DVD, the resolution is 704x576, NTSC is less.. 720x480 (those are the standards anyway.. play about for best result.. most vhs tapes look fine at 640x480.
     
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  3. KillerBug

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    There are many such filters in TMPGenc & Pinacle; but the improvement is marginal at best and sometimes the "clean" video looks worse than the original. It is not a "one-click" process; you select various filters & how to use them.

    VHS is 320x240 (in theory), but you will probably get slightly better quality if you capture in 640x480 (SVHS resolution) (720x480 is DVD resolution; don't use that for capture unless your capture software does not offer 640x480 or you are using an SVHS deck.)

    Also, if you can capture to a lossless format, this would be best. (If you start with an MPEG or other lossy compression, you will have a drop in quality before you even use the filters.)
     
  4. varnull

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    Capturing from tape in lossless raw format.. don't make me laugh.. it works out off vhs (with it's floating black levels and fine grained noise)... at between 3 and 8 gigs a minute... no matter how fast your capture software you will end up with just garbage as your machine can't keep up with the disk writes... eventually everything locks up.. at between 5 and 9 minutes.

    mpeg2 is a good lossy (not a lot) format for capture... it's good enough for dvd.. it's good enough for vhs.
     
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    Varnull - What kind of pre-historic sysem are you running? RAW 640x480 lossless capture is about 1GB/minute. If your system can't sustained writes of 17MBPS, then you have some serious problems to fix or some serious upgrades to perform.

    Also, MPEG2 is not a good lossy format; if it was, blu-ray would not be MPEG4!
     

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