My VCR and MiniDV camcorder broke.
When I went to play a VHS tape I could hear the audio for a half second and see a frame but then it went back to blue. The menus still work on the player but I think it's finally time to invest in a new VCR.
My MiniDV Canon camcorder wasn't opening for the longest time but at last I got it to accept tapes only to discover grey lines both on the viewfinder and the TV when connected to the TV. This occurred on multiple MiniDV tapes.
I think I need a new MiniDV player or camcorder as I think even if I was to miraculously find a PC with a FireWire port or borrow someone's Mac and buy the FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter the lines would still show up as it's the camcorder that's causing the playback distortion.
I was about to purchase one of the suggested SVHS players with TBC on eBay
when I came across the Sony DVCam deck players. I know they play MiniDV tapes (although I never had a Sony camera), but will they also play my VHS-C tapes? I only discovered the deck players because I was looking for VHS players on Craigslist and found a guy offering $10 conversions on any MiniDV or VHS-C tape to digital where he showed a picture of his Sony DVCAM deck player.
I'm pretty sure I can find an old MiniDV camcorder on eBay
pretty cheap for when I eventually start converting those. I was planning on just connecting the AV cables to the new VCR I'm buying. So it'll be like:
VHS-C - VHS-C Cassette adapter - SVHS player with built-in TBC ($$$) - S-video Hauppauge 610 - Windows 10 - OBS software (probably)
MiniDV tape- new camcorder($) - AV cable - SVHS player with built-in TBC - S-video Hauppauge 610 - Windows 10
Not sure if I really need a ES10S DVD recorder so I'm skipping that for now.
Will a MiniDV deck player work better than using a VCR with built-in TBC? Do they also play VHS-C tapes?
Because otherwise my setup could be:
VHS-C or MiniDV - Deck player - S-video Hauppauge 610 - Windows 10