I found the following thread, 1000 vhs tapes to digital
and found it really useful. It raised a few questions about my planned workflow for a project to archive/digitise a collection of VHS tapes from the resources I have available to me.
I run Ubuntu 11.10 and have access to a Mac running Lion. I am looking for some advice on what's the best from the transferring and encoding options available to me. The thing that most motivated me to ask this question is in a post in the above mentioned thread
it's mentioned that ffmpeg doens't have a good encoding engine. This caused me some concern because I'd been planning on using it via command line in Ubuntu.
Another point that caused me to question my existing workflow was the mention of VHS-DVD being a method to avoid. It took me a while to realise that what was meant by this was transferring using a device that encoded the input directly to a DVD format and not leaving raw output. Do I have this right?
I'm using a Canopus ADVC-100 using S-Video for the input and ieeee1394 for the output.
In Ubuntu I've been using Kino
to transfer the vhs to a .dv file. So far the dumps I've been getting are approx 10GB/hr of tape, does this sound reasonable?
After reading your guide on good practices I realised I could just use dvgrab from the commad line to limit systems overhead and the potential of lost frames etc.
Does anyone have any experience with the quality of the output of dvgrab in comparison to what's available on the Mac?
My next question is....ffmpeg (Ubuntu) vs MPEG Streamclip (Mac). What's my best option here. Or is there another someone could recommend.
I'm able to encode to h264 using libx264 through ffmpeg on Ubuntu, does this still come under the banner of 'wouldn't recommend ffmpeg' mentioned in the above mentioned thread
? Or has it improved that comment?
Lastly, are there any recommendations for the settings I should be looking at adjusting/sing when trying to achieve an optimal result for playback over a home network via uPnP to a 42" tv?
Thanks in advance for any help that can be offered.