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Black and white source video capture - Signal detection issues





All my VHS captures so far have worked like a charm, except when I try to capture some black and white video that's on a VHS.

The static detection is tripped by it and this causes the capture to halt after a few seconds, with a "No signal" error.

This is not the "protected content" Macrovision-related error. (Unless there's some error in the translation as my version is in French.)


I have an Acer TravelMate 6592, it's a laptop, running Windows 7 RTM.

CPU: 2 GHz Core 2 Duo T7300


HDD 1: 1 TB WD Caviar Green in a Vantec eSata casing, with a Cardbus eSata interface.

HDD 2: 160 GB internal


Video setup

Capture device: the USB one included with V2D.

1 NTSC VHS player

RCA cables to the capture device

Coaxial cable (RG-?) to television so I can keep an eye on the process no matter what. The player only has one composite video out.


I am unable to record the original tape onto another.

I tried using my TV's video out to see if the signal would be picked up properly, its not.


Is there a way (command line parameter? registry hack? hex edit? I am actually comfortable with all of these) to force Media Import to keep recording?


Perhaps someone can recommend another software that's not going to have this issue?

I've previously used VirtualDub for transcoding, muxing and demuxing successfully, but my experience with its real-time capture capabilities have been frustrating to say the least. But that's probably got more to do with codec settings and the like, or just good old PEBKAC.


Thanks in advance,



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Basically No Solution… it is a random situation and I did tests with 2 VCR's 3 different PCs and laptops and could never duplicate it.


Make sure you have SP2 for the software – Help – About


Use the shortest cords you have and plug the device directly into a USB port on the back of the PC/Laptop.


Do not run on battery power! (laptops, camcorders & some VCR'S)


Do not use the coax to the TV! (use the preview window)


Do not attempt during Brownouts.


Worse case, get someone with a DVD Recorder, to copy from your VCR to Disc for you.


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