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outerbank

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Just did my first attempt at capturing a video using Roxio Media Import. The source was from VHS. It is a short video clip. Played it back using Cineplayer. The playback was grainy. Is this the quality level that can be expected? Can quality be improved? The VHSC camera used to create the video is a JVC GR-303, with 1/2" high-resolution CCD pick up. If what you see is what you get, I may not bother converting the VHS tapes that I have.

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VHS is inherently low quality (compared to DVD). Unfortunately you can't improve beyond the original levels.

 

If the clips were grainy or poor resolution to begin with they will remain that way - sorry

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You left out the HOW of how you did it… ;)

 

Essentially you have to keep everything to the High Quality side.

 

Capture must be at High Quality!

 

Output must be at High Quality!

 

And assuming it was 4:3, never blow it up to fit a 16:9 project! (might even make it a hair smaller)

 

In short, you are trying to keep it the way it was, you cannot make it better…

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Okay. Here are the steps used to capture the VHS video. Connected the video camera to the computer using the Roxio USB capture device. Opened Roxio Central. Clicked on Movies/Video in the main window. Clicked on Capture Video. This opened Roxio Media Import. Put the Capture setting on DVD HQ. Hit the Play button on the camcorder and then clicked on the Capture button in Media Import. Recorded for about 15 minutes then stopped capture. The file was saved. It played back without any problem. That's when I posted the question about playback quality. In the interim, I went to Easy VHS to DVD and captured and recorded a video clip directly to dvd. The quality was equivalent to the original. The dvd also played okay on the Denon dvd player. However, since then and upon several more capturing events using different vhs tapes, Media Import has randomly locked up the computer to the extent that the arrow curser doesn't move. I have to perform a hard turn off of the computer and then restart. Next step was an attempt to capture a video after opening Videowave and then Media Import. The same lock up occurred after about 10 minutes of recording. No, I did not attempt to blow up the images. Let me add that the record setting was also set at NTSC_M.

 

Any ideas of what might be causing the lockup?

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