Earlier this year, I started a small project where I wanted to convert a few of my old VHS tapes to digital. I have watched numerous videos and have realized that a few things can be difficult.
My problem is that when I capture video from the camera, the footage is already deinterlaced and it is captured in progressive. This is a problem because the signal coming from my camera is 30 fields per second (interlaced) but it is capturing at 30 frames per second, meaning I can't then deinterlace to make it a smooth 60fps.
The camera I am using is an 8MM Hitachi VM-E310A. I don't have (or plan on getting) a VCR, so the camera is my main means of playing and recording the tapes. The capture device I am using is a cheap $15 USB 2.0 converter from Amazon
. My setup is as simple as using the camera to play the tapes, then the converter is plugged in through the composite ports on the side, and the USB end of the converter is plugged into my PC through a USB 2.0 port. I am then using VirtualDub
to capture the video.
Now there are a few things that I am aware could be causing it, like incorrect settings in VirtualDub
or the camera having issues, but after all of the troubleshooting and reading forum posts online, I am 90% sure the problem is my cheap capture device.
So this begs my main question, what is a capturing device that is guaranteed to capture interlaced video from an old camera?
It seems that all of the ones that are available on amazon
are the same cheap rebranded converters that always capture progressive video instead of true interlaced footage.
I am all ears for answering any questions about my setup!
SURELY there is a cable that can do this one simple task, right? right....