I need some input/recommendations on what gear I should buy.
(I am located in Europe, all equipment is PAL)
I am digitizing my mothers collection of tapes.
The majority is 8mm/Hi8/D8 casette tapes, but there are also some VHS.
In order to save money on tapes, some casette tapes were played over to VHS in the early 2000's
I have found/bought the following equipment (prices) :
- Sony Handycam DCR-TR7000E
- Panasonic DMR-ES15, with no remote ($25)
- Datavideo MP-6000 ($140)
- USB AV GRABBER, model: TV-59 REV B. (unknown brand, possibly Easycrap-clone)
- Pinnacle Dazzle HW-SET DVC 100 Rev 1.1 ($15)
- Philips VR860, possibly broken.
- Computer with Windows Vista and Firewire-port
For the casette tapes I have taken an easy approach and digitalized them through the Sony DCR-TR7000E using Firewire-cable to the computer. I have so far only used the inbuilt Windows-program for importing videos. It rewinded the tapes, started the recording and stopped the recording automatically so it was very convenient. I have done this for around 40 casettes, and have about 20 left.
For the VHS's I am a bit more uncertain about what path to go:
I bought the Datavideo MP-6000, in hopes that it had some TBC-ish effect. gonopilotino's comment in this thread, http://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/vide...html#post66195
, made me optimistic. But I have not been able to test it yet.
I bought the Panasonic DMR-ES15 for its "line-ish" work, but I am still lacking a remote.
My idea is to use the two in the same line. Hopefully their performance combined will be good.
I am basing my hopes on lordsmurf's comment
here, where he said that he proposes ES10/15 in combo with DVK. Hopefully Datavideo MP-6000 can be DVK-ish.
(And yes, I need a remote for ES15
I do not have a functioning VCR at the moment, and have not time to check out my Philips yet.
I fear that the cheap USB-capture cards may bottleneck the quality, but I am uncertain.
Currently I am looking at a listing from an estate sale where the current equipment are listed:
- JVC Super VHS HR-S9500 ($60)
- Panasonic Super VHS NV-825 ($60)
- JVC Super VHS HR-S6900EH ($60)
- Pansonic VCR NV-HD680 ($80)
- Sony Handycam Mini DV DCR-TRV33E ($40)
- Sony Handycam HD HDR-PJ650E ($150)
All equipment seem to be in good conditions and only one owner.
From the VCR-buying guide
and other posts I have found the following:
JVC Super VHS HR-S9500
is dynamic drum, no control over "video filters"
lacks TBC and DNR
JVC HR-S6900EH lacks TBC
as it is 6x000 series, but lordsmurf said it should "only be used for playback
" so it can not be that bad? Does it have DNR?
Pansonic VCR NV-HD680, I could not find any information about. It is only normal VHS and not S-VHS though.
I am considering picking up one or two of these VCRs, but I do am not sure which.
Is the prices OK if they are functioning?
What VCR do you recommend?
I also want some input on the best way to digitze the VHS, and possibly the Hi8/8mm if I redo them.
Is it worth it to buy the Sony DCR-TRV33E and use it as a passthrough to firewire? Or is the performance of the USB-capture cards similar or better?
This functionality is discussed in Videohelp
and someone said "most here agree that this Sony does have a good TBC which can't be turned on or off".
Another option is getting a PCMIA/Cardbus capture card, Typhoon DVB-T Duo
. There is a listing available for $25, but I have not found any reviews so I have not chosen to purcahse it. Do anybody know anything about it? Would it be better than USB-capture cards or miniDV-passthrough?
A fourth possibility using the DVD Recorder function of the Datavideo MP6000. Any options on this?
All input are appreciated
Probably difficult to answer everything, so I welcome theories aswell.
I am currently busy with exams, but plan to spend time in the summer finishing up my project.
Therefore I have not been able to test all the equipment yet, nor tried to repair the Philips VCR.