Originally Posted by llacb47
I know that a VCR with internal TBC and external TBC (or budget TBC-ish substitute) are what elevates a capture workflow to "professional".
Nope, nope, nope. I need to write an article on this, and soon it seems...
Quality/good and professional are not the same.
Home/hobby/DIY uses a single good VCR, some sort of TBC/TBC(ish), and capture card. Some corners can be cut, and often are.
Professional is everything in duplicate, at minimum. No corners cut. And far more is in a workflow than just a VCR, TBC, and capture card.
Many people here would drool over my truly professional workflows.
Each workstation has at least 3x S-VHS VCRs, plus VHS VCR, per format (NTSC, PAL).
At least two TBCs, and we're talking the best of the best, not even TBC-1000s, but rarer models.
And at least two capture cards.
ES10/15 for anti-tearing and truly unstable timebase.
Proc amps. Yes, plural, both YUV and RGB types.
JVC LSI DVD recorder.
Computers maxed out for space -- and the main system is multiple 4tb SSDs, 4tb/16tb HDDs, for total of around 100tb.
What's truly amazing is that this gear (at least in the current market conditions) has actually increased in value over the years, so a single setup could easily command $10k, be it parted out or sold as a whole workflow. It cost about $5k to build, even as recent as 5 years ago.
So if you think a single JVC S-VHS VCR with line TBC is professional ... no.
I wrote this a few years ago, goes into some more details:
What’s in a Professional Video Workflow to Convert Analog Videotapes?
However, before I spend a fair amount of money
Buy it, use it, resell it.
relatively niche equipment,
It's not niche.
I'll have to go to a video computer to look at the sample on this post. Can't do much from tablets while sitting in recliner. But from what I'm reading, latreche34 has laid it out pretty well here. You need a baseline of good gear, meaning S-VHS deck with line TBC. Not a professional setup.