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Correct "stripes" in VHS record

Those are interlacing artifacts. They become visible when the motion in the video is faster than the field rate, so that when both fields are combined into a progressive scan image, the movement is ...
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Digitize a VHS tape with FFmpeg and get a live preview

The tee muxer is suitable for this. ffmpeg \ -f v4l2 -standard PAL -thread_queue_size 2048 -i /dev/video1 \ -f alsa -thread_queue_size 2048 -i hw:2,0 \ -map 0 -map 1 \ -vf yadif=1 \ -vcodec libx264 -...
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What causes the VHS rewind effect? And how did rewind preview work?

In helical-scan video players, the tape is wrapped around a rotating drum that has one or more magnetic pickups (heads) that are the width of a track and angled slightly from true horizontal. Each ...
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A question about VHS and SVHS

You can't improve the quality of a bad recording. Especially if it is because the tape stock is flaking off oxide or is stretched, both of which are common problems with older tape stock. No matter ...
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Does using an S-Video output via a SCART connector improve the output quality of a VCR?

The answer is probably no, unless the SCART socket on your VCR is labeled specifically as "S-VIDEO". The fact that SCART connector has S-Video pins does not guarantee that your VCR provides ...
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Why do VHS tapes degrade in two different ways when copied?

This is a difficult question to accurately answer; because you haven't detailed out the exact setup of how the tapes are being duplicated. First, VHS is an Analog format, and the video signal is ...
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What causes audio sync drift when digitizing VHS?

Audio drift can have a couple of causes, dropped frames (which a TBC can help with), and unstable clocks, where the audio isn't recorded at quite the precise rate it should be, causing drift, as ...
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beginning of old VHS tape unreachable

It could be overtightened, some cheap VCRs tend to brake badly when spooling, this can apply undue tension on the reel. You actually can dismantle a tape cassette (to fix twists etc.) and pull the ...
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beginning of old VHS tape unreachable

27-years old?! Forget it. Tapes need to be regularly forwarded and rewound, fully, for them not to stick. If that tape of yours remained unused for so many years, it might be too late. Talk to a ...
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VHS tape has one "cog" blocked off - can't play it

So, I posted these images to Reddit under /r/whatisthisthing, and the answer that came back was obvious once it was offered: Someone has taken a normal tape apart and re-assembled it with the take up ...
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capturing video from VHS flickers

I did this a few years ago, digitized dozens of my family's old home videos. The way I did it was, as at the time I was doing it from home and didn't have a IO device such as a DeckLink, I simply ...
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How to play/back-up PAL/SECAM VHS tapes?

The answer to this question will depend on your priorities to some extent — what sort of quality are you looking for in the transfer, how important the content of the tapes are to you / the world, ...
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Does using an S-Video output via a SCART connector improve the output quality of a VCR?

Yes, using the S-Video output of the SCART breakout will give you better quality than if you use the composite output of the same breakout. (You can get even better quality if you use a different ...
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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

The UK PAL VHS tapes will play back in a German PAL deck. The actual method of audio recording is not related to the PAL specification. VHS records up to two linear audio tracks. HiFi capable decks ...
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What causes audio sync drift when digitizing VHS?

No, a TBC won't solve an audio-video sync problem. Most likely the sync problem is coming from a shortcut in the capture device or driver that samples the audio and video with separate and/or unstable ...
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VHS Wobble After Effects

Replicating an accurate VHS-look is a complicated profession, but if you are not worried about the technical accuracy you could emulate it like this: Create a solid called "Displace-Map" ...
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Trying to identify specific VHS filters used here

I think this is chromatic aberation. On original VHS it comes from the way the colour signals are stored at lower fidelity than the luminance signals: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHS#Video_recording ...
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Authentic VHS tape effect in Premiere Pro

Here's the current image (left) side by side with the desired image. To get there I opened up lumetri scopes and tweaked the RGB curves until the LHS matched the RHS -ish. Here's the histogram before:...
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How can you fix color banding from VHS video tape in post-processing?

Neat Video has been working miracles on footage for us so far, you can give the trial a go! We've never tried it on this specific artifact (that I know of) but it does have features for restoration/...
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Why does my VCR output a grayscale video if I use an S-Video cable?

Do you have a manual for the VCR? Does it show the pin mappings for the SCART connector? I did a quick search, I can't find a manual online. Where did you get your SCART cable? Did it come with the ...
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Benefits of component/RGB connector (vs. S-video or composite) for VHS capture?

Component Y/Pb/Pr is better than both S-video and composite. It supports higher resolution, and progressive scan (480p,720p,1080p). The Y is luminance and sync signaling, the Pb is blue minus, and ...
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Can't capture video from dshow device. FFmpeg finish immediately resulting empty file

Either remove the -copyts or switch -t 06:00 to -vframes 9000
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Vhs capture: 720x576 or less?

It depends. My setup is kind of peculiar, but works extremely well. Regular (decent, but consumer) VHS deck. SCART2HDMI box. The neat thing about these, is that they usually include a Time Base ...
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Vhs capture: 720x576 or less?

I think you want to capture at 640x480. VHS uses interlaced video, so the recorded content provides half the lines every 1/30th of a second. The effective resolution is horribly low, 352x240. Have a ...
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VHS to digital, flickering, lack of video and good sound

If you are using old VHS player, then its head can be dirty Also VHS cassettes' tape can be dirty, but how I understand you using new cassettes. So, try to connect your VHS player to TV. If signal ...
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beginning of old VHS tape unreachable

As other answers have suggested, you're probably wasting your time. The tape is likely stuck to itself and will be damaged if you pull it apart, but maybe something can be done. Since you have ...
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Change codec so seek bar works in Windows Media Player

The problem is probably not WMP but the Microsoft MPEG-1 codec. The straight forward solution other than using a decent player is to use a better codec pack - ffdshow, it feeds WMP through the ...
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