video A->D query: noise reduction by layering?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Mysteriec, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. Mysteriec

    Mysteriec Guest


    I've got a pile of VHS tapes I want to convert into DVDs in about 6
    months' time.

    Current research has lead me to decide I'll more or less build a
    dedicated computer around a Canopus ADVC-100 and whatever DVD burner is
    going cheap at the time.

    I've already had a good browse through and found lots of
    useful tips there, so I think I'm slowly getting the idea about various
    possible software options for editing etc. I'm probably looking at
    Vegas 4, for budgetary reasons, and because I found the demo really very

    One thing I've only just come across recently though was the suggestion
    that "noise" on the tapes can be reduced somewhat by capturing the same
    footage multiple times, then layering them. I was just wondering if
    this is a generally recommended practice (provided one has the time and
    inclination to cue the same tape through the capture process three or
    four times!), or if there are other noise reduction tips out there?

    Any pointers / links would be greatly appreciated, cheers!

    Mysteriec, Jul 14, 2003
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    Dave J. Guest

    I've never tried this but it sounds like a good idea. But I wonder if
    the noise cancellation benefit of layering would be noticeable or not?
    When I pause my VCR, I can see most of the noise pauses too. So that
    makes me wonder if two captures of any given frame would yield a
    different noise pattern for that frame. Guess I'll have to try this
    and see.

    IMHO I think this could be useful as long as the noise pattern changes
    across multiple captures.
    Dave J., Jul 14, 2003
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