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Feel free to help. Make suggestions on what needs to be here.
List threads or specific posts.


Workflows

Mac
- OSX video workflow for a Mac?
- Mac OS: S-/VHS capture without Elgato? + lessons learned

Decisions:
- Best capture format for master VHS-to-digital? (Huffyuv vs Lagarith vs MPEG)


Restoration

Audio
- An Example of VHS Audio Restoration (JBB)

Video
- Coming Soon: lordsmurf's Avisynth processing guides!
- What is this and how do I fix it? (VHS tape ghosting?)


Capturing

Hardware
- ATI All In Wonder Hacks, Drivers, Codecs and MMC -- long thread, many attachments and tips throughout

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07-21-2014, 01:31 AM
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Here's a rough start, copied some favorites and stickies, let me know if I am doing this right:

Codecs:
Comparison Chart - Huffy vs. Mpeg 2 v. H.264
Best capture format for master VHS-to-digital? (Huffyuv vs Lagarith vs MPEG)
Installing Huffyuv on 64-bit Windows
Cannot install HuffYUV on Windows 64-bit Vista or Win 7 [solved]
DV vs. Uncompressed Captures
DV vs. lossless - huge quality difference?
DV Colorspace
DV color space harmful to analog color quality? Verify?
Examination of VHS to DV quality
Quality VHS to DV transfer method for archiving family videos
VHS to H.264
http://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/vide...4-produce.html

General Capturing:
Capturing Commercial Tapes
Preserve VHS commercial tapes, need capturing advice

Hardware Setup:
A VHS to DVD transfer equipment examination
VHS to DVD equipment/hardware
DVD Recorder Quality Setting
Is SP MODE the Best DVD Recorder Mode? (NO!)
What is a Time Base Corrector?
What is a TBC? Time Base Correction for Videotapes
Choosing a Time Base Corrector (TBC)
Help deciding on TBC and capture device
TBC Comparison
AVT-8710 vs 1T-TBC vs TBC-1000 (TBC-100)
ATI AIW Drivers
ATI 600 USB video capture card drivers + Catalyst Media Center [DOWNLOAD]
ATI AIW Hacks
ATI All In Wonder Hacks, Drivers, Codecs and MMC
ATI AIW Alternatives
Best ATI All In Wonder card alternatives, to transfer tapes to digital?
VCR Buying Guide
VCR Buying Guide (S-VHS, D-VHS, Professional) for best video capturing

Restoration (video):
Video recovery vs. video restoration
Video Recovery vs. Video Restoration explained
Errors on VHS Capture edges?
Errors on the edges of converted VHS tapes?
What are chroma flaws?
What are VHS Chroma Flaws? How to Fix Them?

Restoration (audio):
Remove audio hiss
How to Remove Audio Static/Buzz and Hiss
Convert audio to uncompressed
How to Convert AC3/MP2 to WAV for Restoring Audio
Soundforge pre-processing:
Pre-processing audio in SoundForge for noise removal in Goldwave [GUIDE]
Soundforge Filter Pack
SoundForge Audio Filter Presets Pack [DOWNLOAD]
Samples of restored audio
Samples of Restored Audio [DOWNLOADS]
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^ Bump.

I'm making good progress on this.

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This post should be organized/fixed and either added to the vcr buying guide or a whole new thread

Is there a Betamax VCR buying guide?

also it would/could be helpful to get a guide started that talks about setting up workflows. Not so much what goes into them but for example If you have a Hi8 Camera you should really use an svideo and plug that into a TBC then plug that into your capture card, then audio plugs from the camera into the capture blah blah blah. I can make one if you want as I have a pretty good idea of what goes into where
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This post should be organized/fixed and either added to the vcr buying guide or a whole new thread

Is there a Betamax VCR buying guide?

also it would/could be helpful to get a guide started that talks about setting up workflows. Not so much what goes into them but for example If you have a Hi8 Camera you should really use an svideo and plug that into a TBC then plug that into your capture card, then audio plugs from the camera into the capture blah blah blah. I can make one if you want as I have a pretty good idea of what goes into where
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Blank CD-R guide (details on rankings, where to buy, etc): CD-R Quality Guide from DigitalFAQ.com?

Blank BD-R guide: http://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/medi...ngs-guide.html

It would also be great to see a guide for burners as well.

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The media guides are one of the things I want to tackle most -- hopefully as soon as Oct/Nov/Dec. We have mountains of data to share, and have just never done so. (We have, however, shared some with other research bodies in the past, as well as government and law enforcement agencies.)

Several valuable sources for scientific research have disappeared in recent years.

This is something that will expand the site by at least 50 pages or more.

The current DVD pages will be rewritten and expanded by at least 3x.

It was on the 2011 agenda (but too many studio contracts then), so pushed back to 2012, and then me being unavailable delayed it by 2 more years (where we are now).

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Several valuable sources for scientific research have disappeared in recent years.
indeed. Do you mean related bodies doing active research, or completed research information that's somehow inaccessible now?
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It's a little of each, unfortunately.

Most research ended years ago. However, CD, DVD and BD is not dead, nor is it going anywhere. New optical media products, methods, and philosophies have been changed or added since the others research stopped.

Sites from many of those groups are either stagnant or have gone missing. Some groups were entirely disbanded. I have several of the full sites downloaded here -- a habit we got into back around 2010, having seen several important sites go MIA forever. Some others are on the Archive.org wayback machine (for now, at least).

The only secondary testing we really get now is from manufacturers only -- especially with Blu-ray media. In other words. not trustworthy. SSD, by contrast, has more independent research.

We'll be adding VHS research as well. For example, if you have a mountain of tapes, and are not sure where to start -- we have the answers for that. Or if you converted a tape, and never knew why a specific tape had issues. We have answers for that, too!

It's a real treasure trove of data here. Sharing it has always been the problem. There's lots of writing involved! And it's essentially pro bono.

We'll be doing some hard drive and SSD media guides, but that's going to be mostly geared towards hosting. However, there's going to be a 1-page buying guide for hard drives for home/office use. (Buy Seagates! Buy Fantoms!)

But, for now, we're organizing the forum. Hence this thread.

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premiumcapture, some of your latest threads will make the list for sure.

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I forget who wanted this (you maybe?), as we talked about it on-forum this past summer. But the new coupon section of digitalFAQ.com is nearing completion. I've worked on this for months. I started with a pre-made app, gutted most of it down to a skeleton, then custom build it back up to be what we need here.

A new homepage for the site is also nearing completion, to make new/current guides and forum posts (and coupons!) more accessible. That will be nice.

The forum archives will be integrated into the full forum next month.

Once this is done, we'll begin to concentrate on implementing everything discussed in this thread. It's all on the docket. If anybody else has anything else to add, do so. We're doers, not talkers, so this will all get done. It's just been slower than desired for the past few years, for obvious reasons that were unavoidable.

And there's more, too! The reviews section is mostly built as well. This was somewhat easier, as it's custom templates based off existing site pages.

I just wanted to give an update. I'm excited about the new coupons section being near finished.

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If your still taking suggestions?...(1) perhaps a Trouble shooting guide on ATI capture card problems?..(I have been away from capturing for a long time now, partly due to other projects, and partly due to frustration over possible 9600xt shielding and /or macro flickering some time ago during capture. Today I found an exellent reply by LS (to my "Shielding defective 9600xt card?" post). Which refreshed my memory,and and gave some hope again!...(2) Also maybe a "Fixed/Tips!" section to common problems?..Like this one I found for cooling AV Toolbox!..I found this E-table mini-cooler at my PC guy's shop..(Hope the fan magnets don't add un-wanted artifacts to capture!!

BTW, Lordsmurf's reply about troubleshooting shielding errors can be found on "Faulty Shielding on my ATI All in wonder Video Card?" posted 11-24-2013


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That's a neat fix for the TBC. I like cooling mods for video hardware. I've done quite a few myself over the years.

ATI troubleshooting is already on the list.

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If your still taking suggestions?...(1) perhaps a Trouble shooting guide on ATI capture card problems?..(I have been away from capturing for a long time now, partly due to other projects, and partly due to frustration over possible 9600xt shielding and /or macro flickering some time ago during capture. Today I found an exellent reply by LS (to my "Shielding defective 9600xt card?" post). Which refreshed my memory,and and gave some hope again!...(2) Also maybe a "Fixed/Tips!" section to common problems?..Like this one I found for cooling AV Toolbox!..I found this E-table mini-cooler at my PC guy's shop..(Hope the fan magnets don't add un-wanted artifacts to capture!!

BTW, Lordsmurf's reply about troubleshooting shielding errors can be found on "Faulty Shielding on my ATI All in wonder Video Card?" posted 11-24-2013
Can this post with pics be moved/copied to Project planning/workflows? or should I just re-post from scratch?
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Can this post with pics be moved/copied to Project planning/workflows? or should I just re-post from scratch?
Which one are you referring to? (Link?)

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Thought I might add:

Stop Forum Spam and Blog Spam! - A Free IP Address Block List [DOWNLOAD]

Video conversion service advice? also HuffYUV vs DV

Suggested Film to DVD Professional Transfer/Conversion Services
Plus a new one for tape transfer company snafus!

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^ Bumping this so I don't forget where it is.

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