SVHS Recorder, MiniDV and Digitizing

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by John, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. John

    John Guest


    Can anyone recommend any models of SVHS recorders to me that I should be
    able to pick up used on places like eBay for a resonable price?

    I was looking for something that has six heads and good quality with a
    jog dial. Are there any particular models from JVC, Panasonic etc that
    you would recommend?

    The Standalone MiniDV models that JVC made that may also be dual
    MiniDV/SVHS, does anyone know if they have the ability to playback NTSC
    tapes or will they only work with PAL for UK models? (I have a U.S. NTSC
    Canon MiniDV camcorder).

    For the few VHS tapes I wish to archive and/or digitize, is it best to
    do that to MiniDV (analogue pass through?). And then any I need to put
    into computer based format (probaby lossy) then to just transfer via
    Firewire? Would this help retain the best possibly quality?

    I was only going to archive and also transfer to computer a small number
    of VHS and I generally need better quality VHS Recorder anyway for
    playing back the rest of my tapes when I wish to and I also had other
    planned uses for it to. The things I was going to archive and transfer
    are not things already available in other formats.


    John, Jul 9, 2012
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