To be more specific - I can't figure out what's causing the ghosting and choppy movement on the compressed MPG file and can't go any further until I get this addressed.
My parents' camera (Sony Hi-8) was malfunctioning for about a year and those blown out highlights very much exist on the tape. Because of the amount of damage, I don't have interest in spending time trying to improve that when I have so many other tapes with enough dynamic range to improve upon when it comes to the older VHS tapes. I'm willing to deal with the strange florescent colors as well, again to save time on these tapes that are not a priority. However, since they involve basketball, the jittery movement is a bigger deal.
My set up for the Hi-8 transfer starts with a Sony DCR-TRV460 - with TBC activated but DNR deactived - S-video cord to Datavideo TBC-3000- going to ATV TV Wonder 600. The camcorder I purchased on ebay
when my last Sony with TBC died. I do not like this one as much but don't have a trained enough eye to judge the quality.
I encode my archival files with Mainconcept TotalCode
Studio, with the settings: MPEG2 High Profile- Interlaced top field first - Constant bitrate 15000kbps - 720x480 4/3 aspect - 59.94i framerate
You've helped me a ton in years past, Sanlyn, and it's great to see you're still here. Thank you for your time and expertise.