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Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 02-25-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 126
Posted By traal
Being analog, it's all subjective. I just...

Being analog, it's all subjective.

I just mask out the head switching noise, center the image, set the Display Aspect Ratio to 4:3, and call it good.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 02-24-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 90
Posted By traal
You can create the chapters file in MKVToolNix...

You can create the chapters file in MKVToolNix and save it as .xml. Then after re-encoding, re-multiplex the chapters file with the new video file. This keeps the original capture file untouched.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 02-23-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 104
Posted By traal
What capture card are you using? It looks like...

What capture card are you using? It looks like the yellow is somehow overloading it. If you're using VirtualDub, you'll want to check the histogram and adjust brightness and contrast before capture...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 02-22-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By traal
My current theory is that "frames inserted" is...

My current theory is that "frames inserted" is caused by the VCR not pulling the tape across the heads at a constant rate, perhaps the tape is warm and prone to stretching. After I complete my...
Forum: Videography: Cameras, TVs and Players 02-22-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,061
Posted By traal
It appears...

It appears (https://www.retrorgb.com/radvcr-dvd-vhs-player-w-hdmi-out.html) to be a rebranded Magnavox ZV427MG9 (discussed here...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 02-22-2021, 12:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 119
Posted By traal
I'm wondering if this is one of those times when...

I'm wondering if this is one of those times when the external frame TBC does more harm than good.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 02-17-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 159
Posted By traal
That grain is pretty bad, even during daylight...

That grain is pretty bad, even during daylight scenes. Are you checking your histogram (http://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/video-capture/7427-capturing-virtualdub-settings.html#post45238) before...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 02-16-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 159
Posted By traal
Is the grain in yours distracting? If not, I...

Is the grain in yours distracting? If not, I wouldn't do anything about it, because if you degrain too much, it makes the people look plasticky.

Post screenshots or a short video segment so we can...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 02-15-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 79
Posted By traal
Did you install the 32-bit drivers or 64-bit? And...

Did you install the 32-bit drivers or 64-bit? And is your VirtualDub 32-bit or 64-bit? They need to match.
Forum: Blank Media 02-14-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 137
Posted By traal
Back in the day, if you were going to burn a DVD,...

Back in the day, if you were going to burn a DVD, you had to go to dvdrhelp.com (now videohelp.com) and lookup your player (https://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers) to figure out which burnable media...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 01-26-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 562
Posted By traal
Do you know how a VCR shows a blue screen when...

Do you know how a VCR shows a blue screen when there's no signal? I wonder if that's enough to keep an LCD screen happy.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 01-25-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 562
Posted By traal
What frequency does it use? If it's 2.4 GHz, even...

What frequency does it use? If it's 2.4 GHz, even just running the microwave could mess up the signal. So yes, make sure the transmitter and receiver are line of sight to each other to keep the...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 01-11-2021, 04:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 956
Posted By traal
That sounds about right for chroma. I would like...

That sounds about right for chroma. I would like more bits for luma.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 01-11-2021, 12:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 956
Posted By traal
Adjusting curves can result in undesirable...

Adjusting curves can result in undesirable posterization, so it's useful to capture at a greater bit depth than what you're targeting for the final product. These 8-bit cards weren't designed with...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 12-17-2020, 09:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By traal
Don't resize, it reduces resolution, then you...

Don't resize, it reduces resolution, then you have to add sharpness to get it back, but that causes halos.

Instead of resizing+sharpening, just set the Display Aspect Ratio in the metadata. How...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 12-17-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By traal
In the clip with NR turned OFF (I didn't check...

In the clip with NR turned OFF (I didn't check the other one), the blacks are crushed. Before capture, you need to check the histogram and adjust brightness and contrast...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By traal
Here's a company based in England that does good...

Here's a company based in England that does good work: http://www.narduzzotoo.com/

Their website has a list of titles they've digitally restored.

And a number of 1980s TV series are being...
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 12-03-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 374
Posted By traal
Except they won't read it. Giving them...

Except they won't read it.


Giving them the first duplicate for free tells the customer, "we take so much pride in our work and value your data so much that we've provided a second copy of it for...
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 12-03-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 374
Posted By traal
They make DVD cases that can hold a thumb drive. ...

They make DVD cases that can hold a thumb drive.

When you get a thumb drive, you throw it into a drawer, right? Out of sight, out of mind. But a DVD case gets proudly displayed on a shelf.

As a...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-22-2020, 10:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 527
Posted By traal
The first two look great but the red channel is...

The first two look great but the red channel is clipped on the right in the third one. However, I'm not certain whether that's a problem...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-20-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 332
Posted By traal
So after capture: 1. Crop to 704x480. 2....

So after capture:

1. Crop to 704x480.
2. Mask out the head switching noise and anything else that's distracting.
3. Encode with a PAR of 10:11 to achieve a DAR of 3:4.

This makes me glad I...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-18-2020, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
Posted By traal
Maybe it's a newer type of Macrovision that your...

Maybe it's a newer type of Macrovision that your Macrovision box couldn't defeat.

I had a similar problem (http://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/video-capture/8943-vc500-form-agc.html#post64620) and a...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-12-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,060
Posted By traal
The first quote above says you're trying to...

The first quote above says you're trying to restore the video, and the second one says you aren't, so your goal isn't very clear.

If you just want the easiest workflow for digitizing analog video,...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-08-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,060
Posted By traal
If you're getting grain in VirtualDub but not on...

If you're getting grain in VirtualDub but not on CRT from the same VCR using the same cables, it would seem to point to your capture card. BTW, if you plan to do any kind of corrections after...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-08-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 527
Posted By traal
The third clip shows another kind of tearing when...

The third clip shows another kind of tearing when the camera pans.

The first and second clips show some horizontal banding in the blue balloon. I thought the TBC-1000 should fix it but I guess...
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