Lost time codes?
Weird one, this. To me, anyway. I'm in the process of converting humongous amounts of VHS to DVD via Premiere/Encore and I have this one tape (which is 18 years old - but that's no different to the other tapes with which I'm working) that is causing me enormous problems. I'm converting via a Canopus ADVC-55 and periodically the captured image sticks, jumps and then rights itself for varying periods of time. Even more strangely, there is one 15 minute sequence (i.e. shot on a different day to all the other sequences) - out of a three hour tape - that is completely unaffected by the phenomenon. I noticed that, whenever the sticking/jumping occurs, the little green light on the ADVC-55 turns red. I look in the manual and discover that, among other reasons why it might do this (e.g. presence of Macrovision) it's because it can't sync to the source. As I know nothing about how a VHS video tape is encoded, is it possible that the timecodes - if indeed there are any on a VHS tape - have got mangled, but left the image undisturbed? Or was my camcorder playing up when it was recording? Or was the tape I was using (I obtained a number of 'commercial' tapes from work and re-used them) somehow encoded and the recording process didn't overwrite the encoding? The reason I 'know' that the image is undisturbed is that the tape plays fine on another VCR. (Although that makes me wonder if the VCR I use for capturing is perhaps more sensitive - it's a Sony - than the one in the family room, which is a Sanyo or Mitsui or something) Does a VCR not use/need time codes (again, if there are such things)? Touch wood, this is the first/only tape I've had this problem with out of about 15 I've converted so far. I'm intrigued by what's going on here and would appreciate anyone's insight.
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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