OK, guys, I need your help. I converted my first VHS to DVD last night using my shiny new ADVC-55 and, frankly, the results are very disappointing Ė only marginally better than the Belkin dongle at nearly three times the price. I just did an A-B comparison with the original VHS and, by the side of it, the DVD is soft where the VHS is sharp, the DVD colours lack the punch and vibrancy of the original VHS, thereís a lack of detail in the DVD thatís present in the original VHS. Beyond that, a slight Ďjudderí or jerkiness seems to be apparent in pans and zooms on the DVD that isnít there in the original.
So: given that at least one of you is getting spectacular results from your ADVC-50, and given that the quality of the original 16-year old VHS is surprisingly good, I can only assume that there are some things Iím doing wrong, or at least could be doing better to optimize my results.
I used Premiere Pro to capture, edit and burn the DVD on this project (I was anxious to get to the final outcome as soon as possible) and, from memory, I left all options at their default value. The drive on which I captured the .avi files was fully defragged, and I was running Premiere Pro as the first and only application after rebooting.
Iíve looked at the .avi files and compared them with the DVD files on my PC monitor, and the .avi files are just fine Ė pretty much as good as the original VHS (so far as I can tell). Does that tell me that my problem is in the transcoding rather than capture?
So: any hints as to what I can do? Any/all suggestions gratefully received.
Premiere Pro, Encore, Photoshop, Ulead VS6, WXP Pro, Core 2 Duo, 2GB, 2 x 250GB SATA3 drives, 2 x 250GB USB 2 external drive, DVD writer, GeForce 7300 GS 256MB
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