I am trying to capture my parents VHS collection (family movies) on VHS and VHS-C. I know I'm at least 15 years late for that party... !
I bought an Elgato capture USB dongle, and used it with 3 entry level VCR (don't have the model names, they all broke one after the other)... and the result seemed acceptable on my computer, but if I play the video on some other device (ie : RapsberryPi with recent Kodi version) the sound is completely out of sync !
I re-ripped some VHS using a Panasonic-EH55 as a pass-through, and this seems to correct the problem with the sound.
By reading the threads on this forum for the last couple of months, I realised my setup wasn't ideal.
Eventually, my goal is to get rid of the tapes and the VCRs, but I want to make sure I have a good (or at least decent quality) before throwing anything away.
I live in Switzerland and finding second hand gear is not always easy. This is what I have access to right now :
- VCR : JVC HR-J770
- DVD recorder (as cheap TBC pass-through) : Panasonic DMR-EH55 and Panasonic DMR-E500H
- Capture device : Elgato video capture USB dongle (https://www.elgato.com/en/video-capture
I could also have access to those :
- VCR : JVC HR-S9700EU (it's on sale on an auction website, I only have 2 days to decide ! The price is affordable)
- Capture device (from a friend, I haven't seen it yet) : "a USB dongle from a few years ago which worked with a software called Magix
for capturing the video in 720p mpg", it is most likely a GRABSTER AV 250 MX (https://www.terratec.de/details.php?...STER+AV+250+MX
I request your kind help to help me with the following questions :
Should I buy the JVC HR-S9700EU ? It's a S-VHS VCR and has a built-in TBC, which sounds like a good device (the only good one I have seen around here).
If I do buy the JVC HR-S9700EU and use the built-it TBC, would the Panasonic DVD recorder pass-through still be necessary or would it be redundant ?
Finding an external TBC in Switzerland is impossible, and it's still unclear for me if an external TBC "cares" about NTSC/PAL : could I buy a TBC in the USA and use it with my PAL setup ? Would that be necessary on top of JVC HR-S9700EU's TBC ?
As per the capture device, I don't know if the elgato is good enough and if the captured video will be improved by using a better source (better VCR...). Did anyone had (better) experience with the Grabster. I'm of course open to other suggestions, but I'm not on a unlimited budget (since this is a one-time job, I don't want to spend too much).
I'm looking forward to reading your answers and I thank you very much in advance for your help and your advice !