Quality is in this order (best at top), from my experience and usage:
1.5 / Reference
- Procoder 1.5
- HCEnc free encoder API (used in software like DVD Rebuilder)
- Procoder 2.0 (tied with MC1.4)
1.4 (tied with PC2)
- MainConcept 1.3
- TMPGEnc Plus 2.5 (more bitrate for good image)
- CinemaCraft (always adds grainy noise)
- TMPGEnc's other versions (not very good)
Good JVC or even some good Panasonic VCRs. The Panasonic works better on old SLP mode tapes, but image clarity and TBC performance different from JVC, not always as helpful as JVC. I have both.
I did some filtering for you in VirtualDub
, uploaded to the location in PM. Inside the RAR file are the VCF filter settings, the before and after shots. I think what is inside the RAR is self-explanatory. Looking at the VCF filters inside VirtualDub
should also be self-explanatory. I mostly did some in-frame NR, maybe some mild between-frame temporaral NR (but not much).
You either did audio work already, or it's amazingly clean coming off VHS, or just hidden noise due to other audio in the sample clip hiding it for that clip's duration.
I'm really busy these days, but I'll help as I can, at a somewhat slow pace. Patience needed.