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Old March 29th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #16
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Tom's correct...
The most important component is also usually the weakest link in the chain. And that's almost always the VCR..

The JVC HR series are very good, and have TBC/DNR (Time Base Corrector/Digital Noise reducer) built in.
I use a Panasonic 1980P. It has a full field TBC and find that i don't use my colour corrector anymore. The signal is THAT GOOD. The picture quality coming out of the SVHS player allows me to input through a dedicated DV converter, or straight to a settop recorder without having to invest money into more components..

But whatever the case, there's the question of how serious you are with the quality of transfers vs. the payback in equipment.

To be humbly, yet brutally honest, if you're thinking of making money from VHS transfers (especially in the Welland area), your equipment and methods would have to be simplified. It's not a very profitable market anymore. Considering anybody can go to Walmart and buy a DVD recorder for $150.

Many of us have ended up spending lots of money on VCR's, Procamps, TBC's and digital converters. And those of us that do, are usually hobbyists that would be happy just to have the equipment pay off for itself over several years.

If you're interested, there's a good site for learning proper A/D transfers..
I'm not sure if the rules allow for pointing in that direction..
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