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Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer Today, 10:08 AM
Replies: 36
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Posted By lordsmurf
128 AAC is too low for this purpose. Let's...

128 AAC is too low for this purpose.

Let's go back to AC3 for a moment.
- 192 was the minimum, noticeably compressed (unless your speakers and hearing was lousy).
- 224 was the standard low for...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer Yesterday, 09:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 284
Posted By lordsmurf
Format, capture software, settings? That matters...

Format, capture software, settings? That matters as much as the card.

The main issue with Hauppauge is they recycle model names/numbers. The "same" card can actually vary wildly, as it's not at...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer Yesterday, 08:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 303
Posted By lordsmurf
An easy tell is always digital-only artifacts,...

An easy tell is always digital-only artifacts, such as screen tearing.

I get rather tired of hearing comments like "it seemed fine to me", but it wasn't picked over in detail, to actually see if...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer Yesterday, 07:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 303
Posted By lordsmurf
I've not looked at OBS since last year, did...

I've not looked at OBS since last year, did something change? It does appear so. However, is it actually taking the card output, connecting to the driver, or just interfacing with the output preview?...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer Yesterday, 06:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 303
Posted By lordsmurf
Correct. OBS taps into the OS preview, or the...

Correct. OBS taps into the OS preview, or the graphics output screen -- not the direct driver for the card. It was designed as a streaming screen recording software, not capturing.

Screen (or...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality Yesterday, 04:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 105
Posted By lordsmurf
No convincing necessary. It's part of a larger...

No convincing necessary. It's part of a larger forum upgrade. That monster project is just taking time. Must hire some devs for key pieces, so that's the bottleneck. And people think I'm slow...
Forum: Encode, Convert for discs Yesterday, 04:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 170,023
Posted By lordsmurf
Sure. Both let's make it a two-fer. I can update...

Sure. Both let's make it a two-fer. I can update the package, and make it a zip. :)
Weekend task.
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-19-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 105
Posted By lordsmurf
Do not use slow. Use faster. Slow has excess...

Do not use slow. Use faster.
Slow has excess filtering that blurs. That's the difference.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-19-2022, 04:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 303
Posted By lordsmurf
:laugh: Not even with a bucket here. It...

:laugh:


Not even with a bucket here. It spills all over the floor, must clean it up with a mop. :oops:
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-19-2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 303
Posted By lordsmurf
While not the "at large" masses, it's still a...

While not the "at large" masses, it's still a large segment of society that expects quality.

Why? Complaining is still a popular pastime, both legit and non-legit. On one end is the silly "VHS to...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-19-2022, 01:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 303
Posted By lordsmurf
Usually, yes. Some more than others. Most more...

Usually, yes. Some more than others. Most more than not. It takes multiple factors colliding just right to look still look analog.


Interesting. Most of ours are lossless requests. Maybe...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-19-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 303
Posted By lordsmurf
You have to be really careful with GMP. Very...

You have to be really careful with GMP. Very often, what they advertise/claim to have, and what they actually have, is not the same thing. Ask questions. If they don't know, don't buy.


The...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-19-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 76
Posted By lordsmurf
Video unavailable This video is private ...

Video unavailable
This video is private
Cannot see the video.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-18-2022, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 275
Posted By lordsmurf
Not really. The number of capture card chipsets...

Not really. The number of capture card chipsets was far more limited than the number of cards (and clones, and near-clones/"clones", and outright rebadges). Conexant/Philips, ADI, Xilinx, Intel, TI,...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-18-2022, 02:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 284
Posted By lordsmurf
BTW, while "snow" (garbled nothing of a signal)...

BTW, while "snow" (garbled nothing of a signal) is often an issue with the VCR, it can still be an issue with capture cards (or cable boxes, etc). So never immediately rule out capture card as being...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-18-2022, 01:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 70
Posted By lordsmurf
$1k is the realm of budget gear, not...

$1k is the realm of budget gear, not professional, not even serious hobby. You'll have to make sacrificed, use lesser gear. And understand that proper and/or quality conversion of many tapes will be...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 05-17-2022, 04:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 149
Posted By lordsmurf
While uncommon, card failures can happen. I have...

While uncommon, card failures can happen. I have a ATI 600 USB like this (and many others failed cards). Similar circumstances, several years ago. The user left it to me for R&D. He got a new one...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-16-2022, 12:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 275
Posted By lordsmurf
To revisit this quote, that's great. But this ...

To revisit this quote, that's great. But this exact model of DVD recorder fails.


That's as disingenuous as saying (in reference to politics) "both sides do it". Both do stuff, but very often...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-15-2022, 11:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 284
Posted By lordsmurf
Elgato earned the nickname Elcrapo for their...

Elgato earned the nickname Elcrapo for their video capture cards. Terrible devices. (Elgato makes other decent products, but not these.)

You want 2nd-hand (used) cards. Everything sold new is now,...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-15-2022, 06:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 275
Posted By lordsmurf
The problem here is that a DVD recorder is a...

The problem here is that a DVD recorder is a hackish cheat with reduced quality. A DVD recorder is not a TBC, nor TBC replacement. It's a workaround with known caveats and problems. So in that...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-15-2022, 01:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By lordsmurf
This is a folly of using D8 passthrough cameras...

This is a folly of using D8 passthrough cameras on Hi8/Video8 tapes. It crushes and ruins quality.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-14-2022, 08:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 275
Posted By lordsmurf
Typical problem. Blackmagic is a great HD...

Typical problem.

Blackmagic is a great HD card, but terrible SD (VHS/etc) card. Poor afterthought feature. In past years, BM support would admit it. Inducing dropped frames, no dropped frames...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-11-2022, 05:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 240
Posted By lordsmurf
It didn't gain steam, the gullible believers to...

It didn't gain steam, the gullible believers to scale, until the 2000s. I'm sure some people back in the 70s or 80s said it, too, not just the 90s. But it generally takes years for myth to gain...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-11-2022, 03:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 240
Posted By lordsmurf
BTW, off-hand, I'm not sure that Spec Bros does...

BTW, off-hand, I'm not sure that Spec Bros does PAL. So check. Expect $100 minimum per tape.

Beware of "the local shop". Those people rarely have any video experience, as they see video conversion...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-10-2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 240
Posted By lordsmurf
I don't really want to discuss VHS porn at length...

I don't really want to discuss VHS porn at length in topics...

But that trope didn't appear until the mid 2000s, along with the false idea that JPEGs and online video was because of porn. Nonsense...
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