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Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 11-29-2022, 02:33 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By timtape
It's not always easy to know how well the signal...

It's not always easy to know how well the signal on the tapes has been captured. It's much easier with films, photos and slides because we can look at the original images directly. Not so video or...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-16-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 108
Posted By timtape
Yes this is a common scenario. Even the best...

Yes this is a common scenario. Even the best scans of 8mm film from 30 years ago were not really faithful to the films. The best technology today is excellent but many scans today still fall well...
Forum: Restore, Filter, Improve Quality 11-14-2022, 03:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 154
Posted By timtape
Successfully cleaning videotapes, especially wet...

Successfully cleaning videotapes, especially wet cleaning, rinsing and drying is not simple. If it was many more would be doing it and sharing the results.
Forum: Video Hardware Repair 10-20-2022, 06:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 97
Posted By timtape
One possibility is one or more of the camera's...

One possibility is one or more of the camera's lens elements has become cloudy. If you're lucky it will be just the outside of the front element and can be carefully cleaned, but it can be deep...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 10-19-2022, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 209
Posted By timtape
Correction. Mine's a blue one. Another thing I...

Correction. Mine's a blue one. Another thing I learned is to never use it on auto system. After a blank section of tape it loses the video system and takes some seconds to find it again. I always...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 10-19-2022, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 209
Posted By timtape
I've had a black model for many years. A couple...

I've had a black model for many years. A couple of years ago the picture started to break up. Being a tech, I opened it up, measured the SMD capacitors and found two had failed or were borderline....
Forum: General Discussion 10-11-2022, 09:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 244
Posted By timtape
Many decks were manufactured over many years. But...

Many decks were manufactured over many years. But that ended years ago. Much of the problem today is finding decks which are still working as good as new, and if they arent, finding someone who can...
Forum: Capture, Record, Transfer 09-23-2022, 04:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 378
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: 18
Views: 378
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: 18
Views: 378
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: 18
Views: 378
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: 18
Views: 378
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: 214
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: 487
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: 533
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: 326
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: 18,442
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: 326
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: 215
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: 286
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: 229
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: 359
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: 359
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: 359
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: 642
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...
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