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    Default 'Hissy' audio

    Hi, I've just bought an external capture device to transfer all my old video tapes onto disc. I am getting a fairly decent picture, however the sound is quite 'hissy'.
    Is there anything I can do to get rid of the hissing? Would an S-Vid lead make a difference?


    VCR to Capture Device - Scart to RCA (Video-in/Audio-in)
    Capture to PC - USB 2.0
    Windows XP Pro (SP2)
    AMD 2800+ (2GHz)
    1 GB DDR 333
    Geforce FX5500 (256 DDR)

    Capture device:

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    Aug 2005
    Western Europe


    Did you use a VHS camcorder to record your 'old tapes', if my memory of these particular machines is correct they recorded in mono and the recordings were hissy, it might also have something to do with the speed at which the audio was laid down onto the audio track of said VHS tape at the time of the recording. The quality of your capture device may also play a part in the problem and a S-Video lead wouldn't cure it as it only carries a picture signal (higher quality than composite/RCA) and no audio. Do you have an actual digital camcorder? You might be able to rig it up to act as an analogue to digital convertor. You connect the leads from the VCR to the camcorder and then run a Firewire cable from the camcorder to the computer but you don't say if you have one or not.

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    Nope, I don't have any camcorders and the tapes are just stuff I've taped off the telly on my VCR.

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