Questions tagged [vhs]

For questions directly involving the Video Home System (VHS) standard.

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poor quality video VHS camcorder: is there a fix?

I recently rescued an old Panasonic M40 VHS camcorder. All the electronics work absolutely fine. I bought a pack of VHS tapes and did a quick video test. The video quality is very bad with wobbly ...
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Name of old VHS content blocker device

I am not sure if this is the right network to ask this question but it's the closest I could find. An acquaintance of mine told me that, when he was a kid, they had some kind of content blocking ...
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Why is my 480p Handbrake conversion of NTSC home video DVD much larger file size than the DVD?

I'm not super experienced with video production but I understand the technical basics of resolutions, frame rates, compression types, etc. I have an NTSC DVD containing a long (3h) home movie shot on ...
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Is a UK PAL video tape compatible with a continental Europe PAL VHS/S-VHS player in terms of video and sound

I've read that the difference between UK PAL and Continental PAL is the carrier frequency used for the audio. But is that referring to: the (now former) analogue TV broadcasts the encoding on the ...
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Can't capture video from dshow device. FFmpeg finish immediately resulting empty file

I'm digitizing my old tape recordings from usb dongle. Everything been ok, I digitized several tapes, but I'm abandoned this project for a while and reinstalled windows. Keeping on secondary drive the ...
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Vhs capture: 720x576 or less?

On many forum and sites people say that you can capture with resolution of 720x576. But many other replies is too high resolution and is better to capture at 512x384 or similar. Someone know what is ...
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Before I throw away these massive uncompressed VHS digitizations, what kind of post processing can I do to improve them?

An uncompressed digitized VHS tape is like 60 gigs. Obviously way too big. I can compress it down using H.265 and get basically the same quality. But before I do that, is there any production ...
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Remove vertical jumps from captured VHS video

I was watching the following video on youtube, and as you can see, the whole frame just jumps up for single frames at random intervals, always to the same height. It seems to me that this would be ...
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vhs to digital conversion flickers only when captured

I have a Diamond One Touch Video Capture. When I view the video on my computer is is great, but when I select capture, the video and audio flicker. These are old home videos. I tried a commercial ...
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Digitize a VHS tape with FFmpeg and get a live preview

Digitize a VHS tape with FFmpeg On this thread, I found a perfect command to digitize a VHS tape with FFmpeg using a USB video grabber. All good with that; it works like a charm. Acceptable bitrate, ...
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Correct “stripes” in VHS record

Recently I recorded my old VHS tapes to my hard disk. There is one thing bothering me concerning the video quality. Whenever the camera moves, the motion produces visible "stripes" in the picture: It ...
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What timing settings in VirtualDub should be used for VHS capture via EasyCap?

I want to digitize my VHS (PAL) home video tapes using an old video cassette player and EasyCap. Here is the photo of my EasyCap chips for reference: After several days of reading how to perform ...
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Why do VHS tapes degrade in two different ways when copied?

Generation loss occurs when a VHS tape is copied, the copy is copied again, and so on. I have seen two different patterns in how video and sound degrade. In one type, horizontal bleeding starts in ...
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How can you fix color banding from VHS video tape in post-processing?

Old VHS tapes often have horizontal lines/bands that slowly scroll up or down the video during playback. This video is already on DVD, so I am trying to remove the banding in post-processing. The ...
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capturing video from VHS flickers

I am trying to record all my old VHS tapes. I bought a video grabber, usbtv 4-1.2:1.0: Fushicai USBTV007 Audio-Video Grabber, but somehow that does not work well. I tried using VLC, but that has some ...
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What causes the VHS rewind effect? And how did rewind preview work?

(Apologies if this is the wrong stackexchange, it seems the most appropriate) When rewinding a VHS tape on an analog player (i.e. a VCR hooked up to a (CRT?) TV) when rewinding, or fast-forwarding, ...
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A question about VHS and SVHS

I have this situation: I have two VCRs, one is a simple LG VHS VCR. It is one of the latest VCRs, with 4 heads and is standard (composite, not S-Video output). The quality is really poor. The other ...
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VHS to digital, flickering, lack of video and good sound

I'm trying to convert some VHS videos into digital. To do so, I got the VGB100 from August and connected it to the VHS player and to my computer. I've used two applications to capture video: Arcsoft ...
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VHS tape has one “cog” blocked off - can't play it

I'm converting some old VHS tapes to DVD, and all is going well. The last VHS tape, however, is different than the others. Where you would normally have 2 "cogs" for the two reels, this tape only has ...
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beginning of old VHS tape unreachable

I was recently given a 27-year-old VHS tape to transfer. While I'm happy that most of the tape is transferring smoothly (right now), the beginning of the tape is inaccessible. The player's auto-...
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Change codec so seek bar works in Windows Media Player

The library I work at has been converting VHS tapes to DVDs. They used a Magnavox ZV427MG9. The DVDs play in Windows Media Player, but the seek bar doesn't work. It works fine in VLC Player. It is ...
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Question about VHS backing up (Video cassettes)

I've looked at multiple forums, and I thought that it may fit well here with VHS being kind of a retro thing now that many gamers have owned. Anyways, I have a few old VHS tapes that are in PAL/SECAM ...