I'm trying to capture a video tape that came from Japan. My VCR is PAL but supports NTSC playback. When I play it to my TV it's fine - good quality, in colour no problems with the sound etc. But when I capture it, it's in black and white. I'm a bit new to capturing, so I'm not sure of what the trick is. My setup is:
SCART to Composite lead (quite a cheap one - from Tesco's!)
VideoStudio SE DVD version 10
MPEG 2 format
Input format set to NTSC.
Hardware: High end Sony laptop running Vistia Premium.
These settings were discovered after a lot of trial and error. Many times I got the error 'Cannot build MPEG capture graph' but after:
a) Switching everything off on my PC that I didn't need.
b) Unplugging all other USB devices.
c) Not using the extension cable between EasyCAP and the Video.
d) Ignoring the graph error and retrying a few times.
e) Setting the VideoStudio process to 'High Priority'.
then I was able to capture very reasonable looking video and nice sound with a reasonable filesize (about 2.36GB for 1 hour 30 mins). But still black and white! Occasionally when the video paused, or just after I took it out of capture mode I would see colour on the preview screen. If I set VideoStudio to PAL input then I'd see a still frame (in colour) but then clicking on capture it complained there was no video input.
I tried downloading the latest version of VideoStudio (I think it's X2, aka 12) and I couldn't get the sound to work - there was no option to select the UCB sound source (as opposed to my built in mic). Interesting, this version had many more formats to try, but all appeared in black and white. It had a bunch of PAL formats none of which worked except PAL_M which game me a B&W preview again.
Not exactly sure what the problem is here. Is it that cheap SCART cable? If so is there one that is known to work around this problem? Or perhaps I need a better VCR? Or is it the software? Or EasyCAP? I'm rather new to this field and don't know how to debug this problem.
Thanks for you help!