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Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 09-23-2022, 04:02 PM
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Posted By timtape
Yes linear stereo players aren't very common...

Yes linear stereo players aren't very common which is a shame including for playback of original mono audio such as many camcorders. Playing back a mono recording with a stereo head makes azimuth...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 09-23-2022, 02:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 207
Posted By timtape
Yes I think it's wise to limit adjustment to just...

Yes I think it's wise to limit adjustment to just the azimuth screw, and very careful adjustment. Less than 1/4 of a turn is usually more than enough.



Yes the JVC audio is quite muffled...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 09-22-2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 207
Posted By timtape
Just to clarify, this is an ongoing problem for...

Just to clarify, this is an ongoing problem for audio on many such tapes and there seems no simple one step solution for most users.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 09-22-2022, 06:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 207
Posted By timtape
The ideal is to carefully adjust the audio head...

The ideal is to carefully adjust the audio head azimuth to each tape played. Lost highs and greater hiss due to misaligned azimuth cannot be recovered later, even with the best software tools.
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Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 09-22-2022, 08:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 207
Posted By timtape
The YT clip is a bit over the top for the...

The YT clip is a bit over the top for the purpose. The Azimuth screw is normally the only screw needing adjusting for the tape played. Not all three screws.
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 07-06-2022, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 177
Posted By timtape
Hello Packsnap85. "A picture is worth a thousand...

Hello Packsnap85. "A picture is worth a thousand words". Why not upload one?
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 06-27-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 325
Posted By timtape
By the sound of it, it could be some external...

By the sound of it, it could be some external interference like from a cell phone periodically sending out a signal. I would check that no such device is close to the VCR when playing.
Forum: Marketplace 06-27-2022, 05:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By timtape
That's the one. It's still possible to slide off...

That's the one. It's still possible to slide off the adjustment screw and catch the fast spinning precision aluminium drum so be careful using it.
Forum: General Discussion 06-22-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By timtape
Ideally every tape would be expertly cleaned...

Ideally every tape would be expertly cleaned before transfer but it's easier said than done. It's easy to do more harm to the tape than good. It seems Specs Bros clean every tape they transfer, or at...
Forum: Project Planning, Workflows 06-21-2022, 07:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 18,262
Posted By timtape
Yes I believe they are still in business. You...

Yes I believe they are still in business. You could confirm by making an enquiry using the details on their website.
Forum: General Discussion 06-21-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By timtape
Yes not cheap, and it appears only to use a dry...

Yes not cheap, and it appears only to use a dry fabric for cleaning. Videocassette tapes tend to be thin and fragile. Removed from the shell they are easily damaged, more so than film, but care is...
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 05-29-2022, 10:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 152
Posted By timtape
The video heads tend to get dirty easily, leading...

The video heads tend to get dirty easily, leading to no video output.

U Matic tapes can require treatment before playing or there can be damage to tapes and machines.

Obviously the machine...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-19-2022, 01:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By timtape
The highlights look overexposed/overcooked. It...

The highlights look overexposed/overcooked. It could be how it was shot, or a level problem in the transfer, or some of both.
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 05-13-2022, 04:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 189
Posted By timtape
I hope you can find the right ribbon cable. I had...

I hope you can find the right ribbon cable. I had the problem on my Pana svhs VCR. I had assumed a problem in the VCR was failing electrolytics underneath a swing out PCB. But the real problem was...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-10-2022, 07:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By timtape
For your sample I used the Declicker tool in...

For your sample I used the Declicker tool in Izotope RX 8 Elements. $50 US at the moment I think, included with various other audio production tools in "The Soundwide Intro Bundle". * Not sure the...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-10-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By timtape
The entire video is longer so it just takes the...

The entire video is longer so it just takes the computer longer to process. The essential first step is choosing the correct audio tool for the job and then adjusting it for best results.

Maybe...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-10-2022, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By timtape
Thanks dpalomaki for the unprocessed file. ...

Thanks dpalomaki for the unprocessed file.

Here are the relevent files, renamed for clarity.

Even though a big improvement this is a difficult case. A better playback off the tape would...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-10-2022, 07:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 467
Posted By timtape
Thanks for the extra comments and photos. ...

Thanks for the extra comments and photos.

The tape is marked SVHS-C. I think you said you have your friend's original camera. Is that too marked SVHS? SVHS is a higher picture quality format...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-09-2022, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By timtape
Hi dpalomaki, thanks for uploading the wav file....

Hi dpalomaki, thanks for uploading the wav file. Would you mind also uploading the unprocessed audio file, please?

Most video editing programs probably contain the generic audio Denoiser but not...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-09-2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By timtape
I'm unable to access the file. Any chance you...

I'm unable to access the file. Any chance you could upload a basic wav audio file? Or an mp4 file?

From the look of it, it is a mistracking HiFi sound track.

The proper way is to attempt...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 05-09-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 467
Posted By timtape
Hi and welcome, Most people seem to get...

Hi and welcome,

Most people seem to get their ideas about media transfer and "restoration" from watching TV shows coming from Hollywood and the like, which exaggerate what's possible just with...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 05-09-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By timtape
Maybe it was a recording issue. I would clean the...

Maybe it was a recording issue. I would clean the tape path when it happens to check if it solves the problem.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 04-30-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 131
Posted By timtape
I bought a black one new about 10 years ago....

I bought a black one new about 10 years ago. Worked fine until a few months ago when the picture became unreliable. The problem was two tired capacitors. Replaced them, now working fine.
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 04-26-2022, 04:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By timtape
Sadly that doesnt seem to be always the case,...

Sadly that doesnt seem to be always the case, which is a shame. I'm probably more skilled in audio than the visual but I wouldnt dream of discounting the importance of the visual side...



It...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 04-23-2022, 04:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By timtape
Yes a great effective tool here. My pleasure. ...

Yes a great effective tool here. My pleasure.

If your video editing program doesnt have a Declicker as standard, you can usually purchase a Declicker tool
as say a VST which can be used as an...
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