I have received a lot of good instructions and reviews for my VHS transfers here.
I got a very little used JVC upper class JVC HR-S6700 VHS from a professional guy in the film industry. I correct some image errors with Panasonic DMR-ES10.
If it is now assumed that I have received a proper change to digital format, how to proceed in the next steps in the least quality-destructive way?
My capture is divided to 3 different HUFFYUV
files because the tape got destroyed from first 20 secs and the capture halted in the latter part... So I have ancient "poor capture" done with LG RC388 (known to destroy the S-Video signal with digital garbage) 20 seconds without complete comets (that time the tape wasn't eaten)
I tell here my workflow:
0. JVC + DMR ES10 + Conexant 2xxxx capture card and VirtualDub HuffYUV
1. HuffYUV Avisynth encode (all 3 files) with basic fixes and QTGMC deinterlace, TemporalDegrain2, Double Frame rate etc
2. Shotcut video editor program used to combine of all these 3 HuffYUV files seamlessly together and White Balance correction / slight sharpen
3. Shotcut export to HuffYUV as a one file with all the basic "overall" corrections
4. What free editor I should use for actual edit the video, adding texts, transitions etc? Shotcut is clumsy but it handles HuffYUV.
The goal is to have a workflow where the quality is lossless for as long as possible, until we go to the final MPEG4 HD and SD copies to be distributed to the viewers. I know that Avisynth and FFMPEG can combine files, but I like to have some UI and ease of use in the latter part of the process. Avisynth scripting is enough for me.
I apologize if this is a lot of repetition from previous posts. It would be interesting to be able to work with open source tools here. IF the work could be done at pinnacle studio, for example, it won't take in (import) any lossless format or even the best PRO MPEG4 level AVCHD PRO or similar formats. So not possible to edit there (got legit Studio 19 copy for use).
I post some samples in 4 hours. Now busy with the damn garden (you know the wives)
-- merged --
Here is Youtube version:
Interesting is the detail on the house wall at 0:02 and 0:03. How the vertical wooden upright timber lines are visible or not on the red surface. In my previous captures there was no vertical lines visible so it was over processed. JVC reveals more detail.
Unprocessed/Processed HuffYUV samples (two .avi files):
Let me know if the links are dead/unreachable for some reason.
The purpose for these posts is to verify the best way to edit and process captured videos and work lossless as long it is possible.