Best <$400 VHS player for capture of VHS atpes?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Lou, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. Lou

    Lou Guest

    I have a consumer level JVC S-VHS ET player (HR-3910U) but I have read that
    it would be best to have a S-VHS with time based corrector feature to get
    the best picture out of VHS tapes. The only VCR's like this that I have
    seen under $500 are the professional level vcr's like the JVC HRS-9911
    S-VHS VCR. I have boxes of old home videos that I want to capture and edit
    for DVD.
    Would it be a noticeable difference in video quality to use a VCR with S-VHS
    and TBC for capturing standard VHS tapes?

    Lou, Oct 26, 2005
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    Mike Alpha Guest

    Mike Alpha, Oct 26, 2005
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  3. Lou

    Lou Guest

    Hmm... my vcr is S-VHS ET and I am not sure if it the output is as good as
    a unit that is just S-VHS. Also the description for the JVC HR-S6970 at
    BHphoto that you have said it has TBC (Time Base Corrector). Maybe it uses
    it automatically or by default and that's why the video is so stable on your
    VCR. I have been looking at the JVC HRS-9911 and it seems to have the same
    features except the PAL and SECAM play but I don't need those and its a bit

    Thanks for the reply. I will look into it more.
    Lou, Oct 26, 2005
  4. Lou

    Mike Alpha Guest

    The TBC function on the 6970 is known as a 'video stabilizer' and is menu
    selectable. I have found that it does not handle bad tape recordings very
    well. It uses a simple frame store that results in A/V sync problems on the
    captured digital video. I leave the video stabilizer out and just live with
    the occasional drop out. The auto tracking feature does a good job of
    stabilizing the video.

    I think the 9911 is the way to go, it seems to have a better TBC than the
    6970. The 9911 wasn't available here in Australia at the time I bought the

    Good luck
    Mike Alpha, Oct 27, 2005
  5. Lou

    Lou Guest

    Oh, that explains it. I found more info that also said the HRS-9911 is the
    current best available.

    Lou, Oct 27, 2005
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