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Mark_ABQ last won the day on August 7 2012

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    Quality Question

    I see...essentially, it is similar to the way modern HD TVs "force" a non-HD signal into the appropriate amount of space by adding black bars at the top and/or sides... The resolution "looks good" because the display isn't trying to make those decisions about what goes on "unused lines"... I will play with it to see what I can make of my sources, short of going and trying to use one of those up-converters. Over all, your answer is pretty much what I thought it would be, and thanks for confirming my thinking. Edit: I'll leave this topic open for a while so I can play with some other software, then I'll close it when I have some results to share.
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    Burn Won't Finish

    OK, thank you for taking the time to experiment. If it matters, the source capture file is a single capture of a VHS movie, and I also did not mention that I didn't include a menu. I figured that it would be good enough to put the disc in the player and just jump right into the movie without having to select something from a menu with only one option.
  3. I know this subject has come up in a few other threads, so (moderators) please move this post to a more appropriate thread if needed. I am using Verbatim media, but I tossed the wrapper so I don't know if it is from Singapore. My capture went fine and after making a few trims, I burned a 1:24:06 movie to a DVD+R DL disc (I de-selected the "fit to disc" option, presuming that it would tell me before beginning if there was insufficient space). The burn itself seemed to take an appropriate length of time, but it sat on "finalizing" for 30+ minutes. I finally decided to click the "close" button to stop the task, and about 30 seconds after I did that, the application kicked out the disc with the "successful burn" message. The disc plays OK in my PC and DVD player... Maybe my clicking the close button was coincidental with the actual ending of the finalization process, but maybe not. If the application turned over the finalization to the hardware and it was waiting for a signal that the burner was finished, I can see where it would wait forever if the hardware was simultaneously waiting for something from the software. With so many different brands of hardware, it is very difficult to write code that is compatible with everything. On the other hand, I would expect that the codes required to get a hardware status ("burning", "finalizing", "waiting for input", etc) shouldn't change TOO much between hardware vendors. Ultimately, I guess this post is just to say that I've had a problem, too, and perhaps Roxio's programmers can add my hardware to the list for possible future updates.
  4. Mark_ABQ

    Quality Question

    Greetings! I have a few screenshots to share. The first one shows a portion of a screen without any artifacts...the image is very close to the original VHS screen. The second shows a portion of a screen with some artifacts, the section in the box being blown up for clarity. The artifacting - horizontal lines - is visible during playback of the burned disc. When playing back the capture (MPEG) file, there are artifacts, but not nearly as noticeable. Also, the artifacting occurs most noticeably when there is a lot of movement on-screen. I understand a little about the resolution of VHS versus the resolution possible in DVD...that is, VHS is roughly equivalent to 333x478 px in today's terminology. It seems reasonable that what I'm seeing is the natural result of making a higher resolution recording of a lower resolution source... In my research, I have come across devices that claim to be able to create smoother copies, such as DVDO's iScan. Since the purpose of capturing my VHS to DVD is to reduce the cost of replacing my video collection, it would be counterproductive to spend $3k on such hardware...or even a few hundred on one from eBay (not to mention the risk of getting a lemon from an eBay source)... So, I suppose the question really comes down to this: Are there controls within EVD to help reduce this problem? I'm using the default settings. TIA!