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Digitising VHS Video using a Proliant DL380 G4 server. WDYT?
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Ted Dog

Joined: 13 Sep 2005
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Location: Heart of Texas

PostPosted: Wed 31 Jul 2013, 22:12    Post_subject:  

I got a VHS to DVD burner combo unit for my mother from Amazon. It works much better then expected. She wants to digitize old home moves. They are hard to find in retail stores, but still exist on line stores.
it only costs a few dollars less than 150 USD. The resulting DVD's are not encrypted so I copied them on to a harddrive to make duplicates. We are talking VHS tapes from 30 years ago.
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Joined: 09 May 2008
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Location: Gatton, Queensland

PostPosted: Sun 18 Aug 2013, 21:32    Post_subject:  

Hi Ted Dog,
thanks for your input - sorry that it's taken me so long to get around to respond. Well, my $10 dongle was working fine - in XP Sad
I didn't get around to properly sorting out the Linux drivers for the audio and visual capture with it - the digital transfer was taking longer than expected. Real-time, yes, but I'd forgotten that I'd recorded everything on Extended Play, so 3 hrs for a 180min tape. And I was so skint back then, I recycled previously-used tapes to do my timecoded copies. The visuals are pretty shocking. "Grainy" would be a polite term to use for my handiwork. But it is good enough for my purposes.
...and now I have lost vision completely. Old tapes=rapidly clogged heads. Cannot remember when the player was last used/cleaned. Ran some old cleaning tapes through it a few times, plus lifted the hood and did a manual clean of drums, rollers etc but although I still have audio, nada on vision.
So close, and yet... Sad

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Aug 2013, 05:11    Post_subject:  

Hmm heavy build up on video drums used to need a rub with a wet finger straight on the heads for me...crude but effective.

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