For years Iíve been using DVD recorders to transfer VHS tapes, since thatís the best method I know of that keeps the quality of the tape intact, interlacing and all (plus itís easier to demux and then author a DVD). But lately Iíve found that my Toshiba DR-570 (and/or the old DVD-RW discs Iíve used and reused) tends to be less reliable in making a good transfer all the way through (ďcannot record on this discĒ), and I think that needs to change.
My only intention is to capture tapes (VHS, Beta, Hi8, Digital8, sometimes U-Matic) in both NTSC and PAL, in MPEG-2/ac3, keep the interlacing and resolution in tact without upscaling, preferably without depending on finalizing a disc, and store it onto external WD hard drives. (Iím already covered in the TBC department thanks to lordsmurf.)
Iíve always been a Mac person, but Iíve found that Macs arenít very useful when it comes to capturing MPEG-2 video. The only method Iíve tried using so far is with QuickTime, an RCA-to-HDMI converter I got at Best Buy, and a DigitNow USB 3.0 capture card (which I know now might be under the ďChinese junkĒ category, so to speak). And the HDMI output on my Toshiba DVD recorder actually reduces the quality, believe it or not.
However, Iíve seen some good VHS-to-MPEG2 transfers from someone who uses a white Pinnacle Dazzle DVC100 with Pinnacle Studio 12 (or 20, depending on the OS). Iíve also read that Windows 7 is better for capturing, and have found quite a few cleaned W7 PCs for less than $100 (like this one on Craigslist https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/sys...620887511.html
So my questions are:
- Does this seem like the way to go (in terms of PC type), or has anyone found a better (but just as affordable) method for doing what Iím trying to do?
- Whatís the best capture method for a laptop running on Mac OS 10.13?