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Distortion / Rippling effect and blurred video capture

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Hi,

I'm trying to upload vhs videos from my Sony CCD TRV27E to a Windows 10 computer  (new Lenovo laptop).

1. The video itself is blurred. Very disappointing!  On the camera output, it's fine.

2. On top of the video capture there is a distortion.

This isn't happening if I look directly at the output on the camcorder, so it doesn't seem to be a problem with the tape or the camcorder.

I've attached a screenshot with an example of the problems.

 

Can anyone help?

Mickey

Capture with discoloration on top.JPG

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As a test.......plug your camcorder into your TV and see if you get the same problem.

 

 

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1 hour ago, xxx567 said:

Hi,

I'm trying to upload vhs videos from my Sony CCD TRV27E to a Windows 10 computer  (new Lenovo laptop).

1. The video itself is blurred. Very disappointing!  On the camera output, it's fine.

2. On top of the video capture there is a distortion.

This isn't happening if I look directly at the output on the camcorder, so it doesn't seem to be a problem with the tape or the camcorder.

I've attached a screenshot with an example of the problems.

 

Can anyone help?

Mickey

Capture with discoloration on top.JPG

A complete description of your hookup would help.

Are you running off battery or AC?

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Thanks for your replies.

1. I plugged the camcorder directly to the TV. There's no distortion. There is a loss of clarity, I guess seeing it  on a 2" screen on the camcorder is not the same as seeing it on a large TV screen. So the distortion problem on the top of the video capture is the main issue.

2. The camcorder is on AC. RCA plugs (I had to add a male to male extension as the capture unit has female plugs only.

3. One more thing. My videos were recorded using PAL. Since there are absolutely no options to change or tweak the capture.. could it be that it's working on NTSC?

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For your Country, the software should automatically set itself to PAL.

The quality that it will capture at is limited to PAL's 720 X576 @25fps. If you are looking at HD quality, it cannot be captured at that quality level.

myguggi asked for a complete description of your hookup. Really like to know how you are connected?

Do you use a SCART connector in this?

 

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No SCART,  just plain RCA connectors to camcorder. One for video, and one for audio, and these are connected to the Roxio Video Capture USB

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Make and model of camcorder?

A picture of your setup would help. Although it sounds like all is in order...

Do you have anything else you can test it with? Anything with Composite output: DVD, BD, DVR VHS tape player?

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Sony CCD TRV27E to a Windows 10 computer, using RCA plugs to  Lenovo laptop.

I've just tried hooking up to a VCR , more or less the same. See attached photo. The yellow line is not supposed to be there, and it changes and distorts  throughout the video.

Anybody else have this problem?

Capture with discoloration on top VCR.JPG

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We used to see this problem with VCR's that weren't "tracking" correctly. But you are using a camcorder...

Two things to try: (actually you can do both and kill two birds with one stone)

  Run the camcorder tape to the very end, then rewind.

  Use the VCR pass through. Connect your camcorder output to the VCR input. Then connect the VHS to DVD to the VCR output. sometimes that works!

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Thanks for the reply. 

If it was a single tape that had this problem, then a rewind would make sense. But 3 different tapes? On 2 machines?

I'll try the VCR pass through..

I've noticed at least 2 other forum topics dealing with rippling effects on the top of the capture... Wonder if there is a bigger problem, maybe a firmware issue?

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I doubt it but who knows? We have seen a sensitivity issue in the software that caused a few to stop recording if the slightest noise was in the source. But few had it and it was never corrected.

Check back later for a message with another thought on this.

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Just wondering why nobody mentions the previous threads on the same issue.

Like this

Exactly the same issue I have. This guy tested everything! And the conclusion?

The usb capture device is at fault.

So what's the deal? There are many more threads like this on the forum.. Why isn't the issue directed to Roxio?

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I am having the exact same issue.  The strange part is that it just started happening.  I actually was able to convert several Hi8 tapes and I don't recall having any distortion issues like this.  Now, all of the sudden I have constant wavy lines at the top of the captured video which are not showing up on the LCD monitor screen on the camcorder.  I just don't understand why it was working fine for about 10 tapes and then all of the sudden started having issues?  The connections/cords are all the same.  The camcorder is the same.  I've actually kept the WIFI off the laptop I've been using to avoid any updates or interference so no new software should have been installed.

I went back and looked at some of the historical postings on this site and have done the following too:

  • Added a DVD/VCR combo connection between the camcorder and the capture USB device.  That did seem to help slightly but the distortion lines are still present in the capture
  • Tried updating my drivers for the capture USB device.  It looks like there are later driver versions but they are not listed on the Roxio support site and I can't get them to apply no matter what I try.  However, the original drivers were working fine at one point
  • Tried repairing and then completely reinstalling the VHS to DVD software
  • Tried rewinding the tapes just in case there was any slack.  I also wondered that the tape age was an issue because they are about 5 years older than the ones I started with... but again the LCD monitor on the camcorder is showing no distortion

This is so frustrating because I probably have another 20 tapes to convert and I have wasted weeks trying to get it to work like it did before.

If anyone has any other recommendations, please help!

Thanks,

Jeff 

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Hi Jeff.

My advice would be to a support ticket on the Roxio site.

After I gave up on this forum, I did that. They offered to send me a new package (how that was supposed to resolve I'm not quite sure...). However since I live outside of N.America, they were"supposed" to send it through one of their resellers here. That never happened. Fortunately I had bought mine through Amazon, and I simply returned the item and got my money back.

I bought a Diamond VC-500 instead... And never looked back.

Good luck.

Mickey

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