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Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer Yesterday, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 167
Posted By lordsmurf
No. It's not just MPEG, but other...

No.


It's not just MPEG, but other formats. Smart players know what 720x480 need for AR/cropping/processing. Cheap/stupid ones do not.

I've almost amused by the conversation. There's not a...
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 11-23-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 82
Posted By lordsmurf
The "before" was perfectly fine, very accurate. ...

The "before" was perfectly fine, very accurate.
The "after" is soft/blurry, undersaturated, and blue shift.

You know what this means, right? .... You're color correcting against an UNCALIBRATED...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-23-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 167
Posted By lordsmurf
- The 500-USB isn't a recommended card. This...

- The 500-USB isn't a recommended card. This chipset is blah.
- Lifeflix is just low-end DV workflow software. Quality will be be had.
- iMovie was never quality.
- Sticky external plastic is...
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 11-21-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 85
Posted By lordsmurf
Welcome. :) That all sounds good here,...

Welcome. :)


That all sounds good here, for Hi8.


Details. :hmm:


Nope. Buy it, use it, resell it. Final cost is much lower. ;)
Forum: Computers 11-20-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 108
Posted By lordsmurf
I've seen two AIW USB cards where audio needed to...

I've seen two AIW USB cards where audio needed to be routed separate. But all others were fine.

Part of the initial audio advice was due to the VirtualDub setup, which I've long since resolved. I...
Forum: Computers 11-20-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 108
Posted By lordsmurf
XP with SSD is a problem, no TRIM. XP+10 with...

XP with SSD is a problem, no TRIM.
XP+10 with SSD in dual boot may be a another problem, something to investigate.
In general, for XP, just use a good SATA drive.

There's no need to dual boot...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 11-19-2020, 11:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 355
Posted By lordsmurf
I was so disgusted with the deck, and Panasonic...

I was so disgusted with the deck, and Panasonic in general, that I need time away from it. I've had multiple issues with AG-1980 decks this year, and I could easily see myself picking up the VCR,...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-19-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 134
Posted By lordsmurf
That card uses a Theatre 550 chipset, and has...

That card uses a Theatre 550 chipset, and has catastrophic images quality issues (mainly bad AGC), and is not suggested. It's not an AIW card, the main reason to use XP.

There are some cards here...
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 11-18-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 89
Posted By lordsmurf
How many? No. An actual NTSC JVC...

How many?


No.


An actual NTSC JVC S-VHS VCR with line TBC.


Yes, significant. The main reason is the line TBC in the VCR.
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 11-18-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By lordsmurf
I've not had time to write my guide yet. For...

I've not had time to write my guide yet.

For now, do this: https://www.tgrantphoto.com/sales/index.php/content/a-broken-video-head
Scroll down that page to Clean Video Heads.

Why did I change?...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-17-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By lordsmurf
Please PM jwillis, get his attention, and you can...

Please PM jwillis, get his attention, and you can both discuss more in this thread.

This bodes well for my Polaroid LSI and JVC LSI. :)
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-17-2020, 06:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By lordsmurf
Which codec are you using? A Matrox proprietary,...

Which codec are you using? A Matrox proprietary, or another?

Premiere is not at any fault here. You must simply specify the project type to match the source. AVI does not have field order flags,...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-17-2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 311
Posted By lordsmurf
Thanks for the follow-up post. It's good to...

Thanks for the follow-up post.
It's good to know my internal video radar (video-dar? vidar?) is still working correctly. :D
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-17-2020, 06:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 155
Posted By lordsmurf
Cache? :) That shows some sort of interlace...

Cache? :)

That shows some sort of interlace situation.
Either simple presence of interlace, or screwed-up interlace from bad cropping/etc.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-17-2020, 06:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By lordsmurf
But is it a TFS2 file system? The page you...

But is it a TFS2 file system?

The page you linked to was for the Panasonic file systems, which are simple by comparison. So should I assume that the Packard Bell is a Panasonic clone?

I see a...
Forum: Encode, Convert for discs 11-17-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 98
Posted By lordsmurf
Fields are determined by the capture card. And...

Fields are determined by the capture card. And 99%+ of the time, DV=bottom (BFF), everything else is top (TFF).

Lossless AVI has no field flags. It must always be manually set. But even MPEG, MXF,...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-17-2020, 06:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 171
Posted By lordsmurf
Fixed. :) There are times to crop, and times...

Fixed. :)

There are times to crop, and times to not crop.
In general, masking is safe.
Cropping requires interlace and aspect ratio considerations, and is generally bad, often unneeded.

I've...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-17-2020, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 155
Posted By lordsmurf
Stuff like this pisses me off. OP never...

Stuff like this pisses me off.
OP never replied.
OP deleted Youtube video.

"horizontal lines" are almost always a video novice not understanding interlace.

But it goes beyond that. There are...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-17-2020, 05:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 171
Posted By lordsmurf
The is part of the overscan. Mask it, aka cover...

The is part of the overscan. Mask it, aka cover with black matte.
DO NOT CROP! Cropping screws up the interlacing, screws up the aspect ratio.

Every tape has head-switching noise, from the VCR....
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-17-2020, 05:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 346
Posted By lordsmurf
Those are just low-end consumer VHS VCRs, quality...

Those are just low-end consumer VHS VCRs, quality of output won't be great. Some Sony decks are better than average, but still low-end. (I had a Sony deck, rarely used it, power outage took it some...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-16-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 82
Posted By lordsmurf
So it's just the one tape? Are you sure it's...

So it's just the one tape?
Are you sure it's not B&W?
Are you sure you didn't accidentally change any settings on the TBC?
Is the tape PAL or NTSC, or something else?
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-16-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 77
Posted By lordsmurf
DVK often needs slight modifications to work with...

DVK often needs slight modifications to work with capturing, and I also lockdown settings on units that I have in the marketplace. Then it will function more like a (weak) TBC-1000, and less like a...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-16-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 77
Posted By lordsmurf
The alternative is the TBC(ish), where you use...

The alternative is the TBC(ish), where you use DVK+ES10/15. You can also try the ES10/15 alone, but the fail rate increases.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-16-2020, 02:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 346
Posted By lordsmurf
Youtube has so overly compressed the video that I...

Youtube has so overly compressed the video that I really can't see what's going on there.
All I see if bad video.

Nevertheless, in most cases, this is due to: bad VCR, bad capture card. Tapes are...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-16-2020, 02:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 77
Posted By lordsmurf
Rack-mount broadcast TBCs do not expect consumer...

Rack-mount broadcast TBCs do not expect consumer sources like VHS, and will often fail with it. Those were made for broadcast sources, in racks with other broadcast gear, 20-30 years ago.

That's...
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