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Best way to transfer from VHS to digital format

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I have a number of old family videos on VHS and would like to transfer this into digital format, so I can back up and put it on Plex. Just wonder what the best method - hardware, software, advice, etc… Read More
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5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
I have a number of old family videos on VHS and would like to transfer this into digital format, so I can back up and put it on Plex. Just wonder what the best method - hardware, software, advice, etc. please?

Was thinking of getting a SCART to HDMI convert (https://www.amazon.co.uk/XCSOURCE-1080P-Upscaler-Converter-Blu-ray/dp/B0181RCJTS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479830387&sr=8-5&keywords=scart+hdmi+converter) and a HDMI to USB video capture device.

Anyone have a better suggestion? Would prefer to do it at home without sending off to professional services.

Thanks in advance.
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5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
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£100? for what, the USB capture devices are definitely an option.
In terms of interface quality (and remember this is VHS we're dealing with)..
Component (YCbCr) > RGB SCART > S-Video > Composite (SCART or A/V cable) > RF tuner

So I would go via S-video on those cheap USB gizmos. S-video is essentially (un)composite, the Luminance and the composite colour delivered on separate lines, preventing those annoying crosstalk issues between them.

For software, you could try this http://sharewareonsale.com/s/cyberlink-powerdirector-sale
The basic LE version may be a little too limiting, 640x480 is not enough to capture 576i

http://virtualvcr.sourceforge.net/ - worth a look

I remember when there were tons of giveaways on these

Edited By: matth9999 on Nov 23, 2016 00:38

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#1
Possibly easier & cheaper to go the EasyCap route; hardware and basic software is typically about total £5 delivered ex-UK or cheaper via the slow boat from China. Random example ex-UK: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301656737607
If required, SCART-phono adapters are under a quid delivered ex-UK e.g. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231785632342
#2
I used a dvd recorder i bought cheap linked to my old vhs player. Linked the 2 with a scart lead. Then I used handbrake on pc which is free program to convert the dvd to mp4. There is no inscription with home recordings so it's no problem to do. The other way is to post off your vhs to one of the many digital conversation companies online.
#3
Hardest part is successfully converting interlace to progressive scan video (de-interlace). Several methods of doing this so it's best to do some research to get the best method for your video tape.
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EDEN188
Was thinking of getting a SCART to HDMI convert (https://www.amazon.co.uk/XCSOURCE-1080P-Upscaler-Converter-Blu-ray/dp/B0181RCJTS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479830387&sr=8-5&keywords=scart+hdmi+converter) and a HDMI to USB video capture device.

I would be trying to get it captured as close to the original as possible rather than upscaling like that. You can always process it on your PC should you want to.

SCART combines Component, Composite and S-video signals on different pins so it's easy to get plug changers. If your tape machine will output in Component then that's the best choice with S-video the second best.

I don't know how much you need to spend to get a decent quality capture card/box though.
#5
Thanks for the tips all. I'll do a bit more research before committing to anything.

Cheers
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EndlessWaves
EDEN188
Was thinking of getting a SCART to HDMI convert (https://www.amazon.co.uk/XCSOURCE-1080P-Upscaler-Converter-Blu-ray/dp/B0181RCJTS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479830387&sr=8-5&keywords=scart+hdmi+converter) and a HDMI to USB video capture device.
I would be trying to get it captured as close to the original as possible rather than upscaling like that. You can always process it on your PC should you want to.

SCART combines Component, Composite and S-video signals on different pins so it's easy to get plug changers. If your tape machine will output in Component then that's the best choice with S-video the second best.

I don't know how much you need to spend to get a decent quality capture card/box though.

Thanks EndlessWaves. Definitely doesn't have component out, but does have S-Video, never thought about that. I've always thought SCART provided the best quality, but S-Video is definitely an option.

Good point on capture as close to original as possible.

Probably looking towards £100 for a general setup.

Thanks again.
#7
£100? for what, the USB capture devices are definitely an option.
In terms of interface quality (and remember this is VHS we're dealing with)..
Component (YCbCr) > RGB SCART > S-Video > Composite (SCART or A/V cable) > RF tuner

So I would go via S-video on those cheap USB gizmos. S-video is essentially (un)composite, the Luminance and the composite colour delivered on separate lines, preventing those annoying crosstalk issues between them.

For software, you could try this http://sharewareonsale.com/s/cyberlink-powerdirector-sale
The basic LE version may be a little too limiting, 640x480 is not enough to capture 576i

http://virtualvcr.sourceforge.net/ - worth a look

I remember when there were tons of giveaways on these

Edited By: matth9999 on Nov 23, 2016 00:38
#9

Just ordered the Elgato.

Really appreciate the help and the info.

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