[mythtv-users] VHS to DVD

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Jan 3 00:58:01 UTC 2007

On Jan 2, 2007, at 4:59 PM, Stroller wrote:

> On 31 Dec 2006, at 14:58, Brian Wood wrote:
>> If you're coming off a VHS tape "quality" is word best taken pretty
>> lightly, especially if the tape is 20 years old or recorded at the 6-
>> hour speed. Even at low MPEG bitrates most of the crap you will see
>> was on the original tape, unless you have a lot of unpredictable-type
>> motion like sports events.
> Even more reason to try to minimise the loss during transfer!

Well noise reduction/minimization is a very complex topic, and not  
really appropriate here. Suffice it to say that you have to be  
careful that an increased bitrate is not just enhancing "detail" that  
is in fact noise, or simply making your mpeg files larger for no  
benefit in quality.

True noise coring can do wonders for old tapes, but it's out of the  
price range of most of us here.

But you are certainly correct in general.

> Those Kodak moments are priceless!!
> http://youtube.com/watch?v=Sz6XjXu-oT8

A bit OT but I loved it :-)

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