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    Default Simple VHS Capture Questions

    I'm completely new to capturing and have some very basic questions. I'm sorry if these seem stupid to you, but I've read conflicting information in various places.

    1) I want to capture VHS to a computer with the picture looking not better, but pretty much exactly the same as the original video. Is this possible?

    2) Most people say you should capture VHS at 352 x 480, because you can't get higher quality. It sounds like a small pixel range to me, does this mean if I played back the resulting video file on a big TV it would look way worse than watching the original VHS on the same TV?

    3) I have an "ION Video2PC" RCA to USB capturing device. Will this be able to capture VHS at optimal quality, or do I need a new PC with a graphics card? I only need to capture VHS, so no point investing in a card and system if I can get VHS quality with what I have.

    Thankyou!

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    VHS will look rubbish on a large screen whether you play direct or convert first. You will be able to match the source quality with those settings. The capture card will probably work - just a case of suck it and see. Worst case scenario is dropped frames / out of synch video and audio.

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