4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2013 3:38 PM by phase52010
phase52010 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

A friend has given me the VHS camera tapes of his wedding and asked if I can "do something with them".


I have my (JVC) VHS deck connected to an old Sony Digital 8 camcorder which I use to pass through the analogue signal so I can capture it via firewire.

The D8 (Sony DCR-TRV240E) also does a nice job in cleaning up the signal. I've had a VHS tape that was unwatchable until I passed it through the D8.


I'll be using FCP7 to capture the video and generally I just use "DV-PAL kHz 48" (I'm in a PAL country) from the "Easy Setup" options as it's the one I've always used. Results have always been fine.


It's been suggested to me that "DV-PAL kHz 48" is "lossy". Not that I've ever noticed it.


As it's a friends wedding video and I only want to do this once, would another capture setting - technically - give better results? Even with VHS.


Thoughts and suggestions most welcome.

Thanks in advance.

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  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,550 points)

    If you are connected via Firewire, that is your only option...DV PAL.  Your BEST bet would be to run it through a TBC and capture via a higher end card like the AJA LHi....capture as ProRes PAL or DV50 PAL.  But, seeing as you only have that camera..DV is your better bet.  DV was a superior format to VHS anyway...so you are going up in quality.  But you are starting out low in quality, and anything you do to capture this footage will be compressing it. 


    There is no other capture setting that will work with your current setup.

  • phase52010 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks for the feedback Shane.


    It all comes down to money and what you can afford in the end, doesn't it? I'm limited to what I have.


    I do have a Canopus ADVC110, but I've found the D8 actually does a better job. "I've had a VHS tape that was unwatchable until I passed it through the D8.". I tried passing that tape through the ADVC110 and it kept dropping out. I also have an old TBC card in an Amiga 2000 (that still works) but it's all analogue.


    I realise DV is better quality than VHS, I just don't understand why some people claim it's "lossy".

    Which is why I thought I'd ask about it.


    So none of these other options is better, or would work?




    Again, thanks for taking the time to answer.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,550 points)

    None of those other options will work with what you have.  DV50 is specific to Panasonic DVCPRO 50 cameras....DVCPRO (also Panasonic) is a separate, but very similar format to DV format....and you cannot capture IMX nor Uncompressed.  You are left with DV/PAL.

  • phase52010 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks Shane.