Recording old VHS to DVD, very poor image quality

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by oneelkruns, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. oneelkruns

    oneelkruns Guest

    I'm attempting to archive old VHS tapes. I have the following setup:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000, 512MB RAM
    Kworld VS USB2800 MPEG-2 capture device (USB 2.0)
    NTSC VCR running through a DataVideo TBC-1000
    Nero 6 for DVD authoring

    When I record MPEG-2 using the cheesy PVR software and sent it to Nero
    to make a DVD the resulting DVD is incredibly blocky and really
    unwatchable. I had a very old Dazzle USB device that is now dead
    (MPEG-1 only) and it made a better quality video than the MPEG-2 device
    did. I'm using the DVD settings in the PVR software.

    Surely, I must be missing something? If anyone has experience with the
    Kworld USB devices I'm all ears.


    Ron Kneusel
    oneelkruns, Jun 26, 2005
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Your Kworld device appears to be using a software encoder/codec
    and your system is marginal for DVD capture (Per their web site)

    It's great that you have the TBC-1000, but it can't make up for a
    poor capture/encoder solution. One thing to look for is that the
    audio and video should both go to the capture card, not the audio
    going straight to the sound card. You should find a good hardware
    encoding card/box for about the same or a little less than what the
    TBC-1000 goes for. Check them out at
    (If you can find an Adaptec Videoh! PCI AVC-2000, [not any
    later model] I'll help you find the right drivers & capture software.)
    The Plextor Conectx M204, looks interesting and appears to work
    for some.

    Another approach for about the same cost is to feed the output
    of your TBC-1000 to a Standalone DVD Recorder. When I do
    VHS tapes I use a refurbished RCA DRC8000N which has a
    built in TBC (Not as good as yours, but it's good enough.) and
    RW Disks to bring the DVD to my PC, for any editing and better
    menus as well as to burn it onto a full art printable DVD+R.

    Ken Maltby, Jun 26, 2005
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    Alpha Guest

    The Kworld devices are terrible at every level. Check out ADS Instant DVD 2
    and Hauppauge products for less expensive and Canopus for prosumer grade.
    Alpha, Jun 26, 2005
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    eunma Guest

    I use an ACE Standards Convertor for this sort of thing, and the
    results are quite spectacular in my opinion. Of course, you won't need
    it for standards conversion, but it's extremely simple to adjust - but
    highly effective color balance, shift, brightness, etc,, etc. can
    really breath new life back into old, faded, and worn out VHS tapes.


    eunma, Jun 26, 2005
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    eunma Guest

    I should also mention - that this does nothing to solve your problems
    with digitizing the analog tapes.

    I use a Canopus ADVC-100 for that - another great product in its own

    eunma, Jun 26, 2005
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    jimho Guest

    I just picked up a Pinnacle AV/DV PCI capture card for about $60 and
    the first dvd I made looks pretty good. It is as good as the analog
    pass through I used to use before my camcorder died and it is much
    better than the leadtek TV 2000 xp card I have.
    jimho, Jun 26, 2005
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    oneelkruns Guest

    This was the problem. I moved everything to my wife's computer, an
    Athlon XP 2800, and now it works perfectly. The MPEG editing software
    is not very good, can't keep the audio in sync when you cut out
    commercials, but the video quality is now good enough for me.

    Thanks for the replies!

    oneelkruns, Jul 2, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Since you're not doing any actual editing, but only cutting and
    trimming of commercials, you might want to consider VideoReDo.

    Guest, Jul 2, 2005
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