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Capturing Black And White Footage


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Any clue why 'Easy VHS to DVD' will not capture my black and white footage? It tells me there's "no signal" yet the footage rolls by. With footage that's completely b&w, it won't capture, period. With footage that has a b&w segment, it stops capturing because "no signal". Is there something about color that the software identifies having a "signal" or is there just some inherent "signal" color footage has? Help! Everything I need to digitize at present is done except for the b&w goodness. I'd hate to leave that out. Any ideas on how to capture black and white footage with this software? Thanks.

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How so??? I gave you a solution that should work. :huh:

 

I have been looking for a free alternative but haven't found one that is equal to the task.

 

I bought one that also has a free version but the best it will do is capture at 640 X 480 which is less than DVD Quality :o (it has another feature that I liked)

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Would an RF modulator work?

 

 

 

The RF modulator converts the video (and/or audio) output of a DVD player (or camcorder or video game) into a channel 3/4 signal that is compatible with a TV's cable or antenna input.

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So that's out. I remember doing that way back when to get a better picture out of a gaming system, or so I thought. I suppose something with pass-through capability it is. Just have to find something that'll work.

 

Shop around for a cheap Audio/Video amplifier (Ebay/Walmart/Radio Shack.......

 

One example http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=Av++amplifier&_sacat=0&_odkw=Av+Receiver&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

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So you already have a solution and never really had a problem in the first place!!!

 

You must be running XP as the Roxio device will not work with MS Movie Maker in Vista or Win7…

 

Oh, it isn’t just software because I can capture B&W or even blank tape with mine all day long :huh:

 

If you just want to talk about something then do so! Don't come here and pretend you have a problem when you really don't...

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I do have a problem because the Roxio software I purchased doesn't capture all my intended footage, ala b&w, so therefore I search for a solution on there here forums. Curiously, I've contacted "support" on these matters and they've never come straight out and said, "No, it won't do that!" Perhaps a disclaimer is in order.

 

I never thought of the MS solution until now, hell didn't think it was even on my computer - free. Nontheless, apparently the Roxio software doesn't do all that I had hoped unless I improve the signal. Still don't understand why MS finds enough "signal" to capture my goodness while Roxio does not. It won't be a DVI file but is the same specs as what the Roxio spits out. I suppose it "works" enough.

 

If you can capture b&w and blank tape all day long, I assume you have your pass-through hooked up where I have yet to find one.

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I have also seen this issue. Roxio, for some reason cannot capture black and white video. I have a camera that outputs the grey-scale (luminance Y component) and the colour (chroma C) which are the components of S-Video. When I have both plugged in to the Roxio, all is well. When I disconnect just the chroma, I get No Signal. Really the only thing I have done is remove the colourburst.

 

A valid black and white composite video signal should just be the luminance (Y) component with no colourburst (which is basically what I had created in my test above). Is there any reason or explanation as to why the Roxio cannot handle a signal without a colourburst?

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Thank you for your quick response :)

 

Yes, I realize I posted a similar question in a couple of threads, but you never know who's reading ;) Anyway, I apologize if I didn't follow the rules of the forum.

 

From the other post where I mention that I have resolved the issue, it is actually more of a band-aid fix. For my application, it isn't quite desirable to add another large piece of equipment (like a DVR) in the video path. I might be able to get away with something smaller, but I'm having trouble finding a compact device that will take s-video/CVBS, package the video with a colourburst (for OSD purposes or something) and give me s-video/CVBS on the output.

 

Once again, thank you for your quick response.

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