Originally Posted by MattTheGamer
composite to HDMI adapter
OBS to capture
(unless it's going to just be awful) !
This will look awful. Every color value, contrast, exposure, and even aspect, will be screwed. Not exaggerating here. Bad, crap quality, often wholly unviewable schlock.
I'm not too keen on investing hundreds of dollars into it. For now.
You may not get another shot. Tapes are within that 35-65 year lifespan now, and many 80s tapes are degrading now. (In the 2000s, it was all BS to sell you stuff. But now, 20 years later, some truth to it finally. I see far too many degraded tapes now, flaking oxide.)
Too often, tapes are one-and-done. What you get is all you'll have. I hate it when I come across self-destructing tapes, especially homemade masters (ie, when lost, lost forever).
There is a middle ground between "cheap crap" and "high-end workflow". At least add the ES10/15, and a decent capture card. It's not what I would suggested, but even the cheap Live2 USB card is vastly better than the junk you're considering.
Buy it, use it, resell it.
- quality gear holds the best value
- but you can recoup a few bucks from the budget gear like this
- the HDMI/Elgato junk is yours forever.