A project I am part of would ideally require to incorporate extract of several hour longs video interviews from the 1980s. They are on VHS video tape, Stereo SECAM (French system). I have (good) master tapes and one or two copies of each tape for easy viewing. I wonder what kind of process I can use to convert them to a convenient digital format for importing and later editing while preserving the most of the original's quality.
I have also a working tape recorder/viewer for this format and a good monitor for its video output (SONY).
How can I obtain the best results? Should I first go through PAL conversion, so I can use more conventional equipment?
Should I subcontract the converting part to a specialized company?
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