Any VCR models that handle weak video better than others?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Doc, Jul 20, 2006.

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    Doc Guest

    I'm looking to capture a VHS tape of an old (70's) concert that's probably a
    3rd or 4th generation copy and likely from a less than pristine source.

    I notice one of my VCR's - a newer, though certainly not top of the line
    4-head unit - handles it better than another older, though more expensive
    2-head unit. The first unit clearly handles tracking better, with less
    prominent dropouts and less overall "glitchiness" in the picture and sound.

    So, I'm looking for suggestions of particular consumer level
    brands/models/lines I should look for that you feel did a better job than
    most of playing shaky video for subsequent cleanup. Even if it's a "so and
    so made this one model in '92 that they only made for a year and there's
    never been another one like it" kind of thing.

    Also, as a matter of curiosity, how would a pro restoration shop do it? I'm
    guessing as always seems to be the case, there's some mega-bucks unit that
    simply does things consumer units don't.
    Doc, Jul 20, 2006
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    Funprice Guest

    JVC's HR-S9500 with the Dynamic Drum system: my favourite.
    Funprice, Jul 20, 2006
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    GMAN Guest

    I own a pair of Pro Panasonic AG-7500's. I'd be willing to take your tape and
    convert to DVD for you. Would just need a SASE to return it to you. Located
    here in Salt Lake City, Utah
    GMAN, Jul 20, 2006
  4. Good luck. Even if there were such a thing, your chances
    of finding one in working order seem astronomical.
    Time-Base Correction ("TBC")
    Video Processing Amplifier ("Proc-Amp")
    Richard Crowley, Jul 20, 2006
  5. I've got some AG-1980s and some TBC/ProcAmps and
    would also be willing to give it a try for you.
    Not trying to upstage GMAN's generous offer. :)
    Richard Crowley, Jul 20, 2006
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    Doc Guest

    I sincerely appreciate the offer, but it's not my tape and essentially
    irreplaceable. It's already in my possession on "guard it with your life"
    status. Concert by Bill Chase and his group "Chase" from the early 70's in
    Japan. If the name doesn't ring a bell, their biggest hit was "Get In On".
    Chase and a few other band members were killed in a plane crash in '74. He's
    a legendary hero in trumpet circles. One of the best lead trumpet players
    ever, and a superb writer/arranger.
    Doc, Jul 20, 2006
  7. If it is *that* valuable take it to a professional.
    Richard Crowley, Jul 21, 2006
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    ganko Guest

    ganko, Aug 10, 2006
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    ganko Guest

    If the tape is clear enough on your better machine... then definately
    have a pro video outfit copy it onto DVD for you...
    It might be something valuable. worth the $35 to do it.
    This is the first time I have ever joined up with a disscusion group...
    I hope this posts.
    Stanton Haugen.. Hololulu Hawaii
    ganko, Aug 10, 2006
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