VCR playback question

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  1. Tom Weaver

    Tom Weaver Auditioning

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    If I play back a standard VHS tape on a deck which supports S-VHS, will the video signal be present on the S-Video connector as well as the composite video connector? In other words, will a S-VHS deck outout separate video signals for Y and C when playing back a standard VHS tape?

    (I never messed with S-VHS, went right to DVD, and now HDTV)
    But now I need to buy a VCR for converting VHS tapes to DV for editing, then authoring to DVD. Should I buy a more expensive S-VHS model to get the S-video output, or rely on my Canopus ADVC-300 to do its best at separating Y and C off a composite signal? The Canopus also accepts S-video, so that's my preference.)
     
  2. John S

    John S Producer

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    Yes and yes..... In my expirences. Svideo as a connection is better enough to merrit it.

    Even Cheapie JVC SVHS decks, seem to have pretty darn good line comb filters in them.
     
  3. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    If you are editing or copying tapes, you are better off with S-video connections, which almost always means you need an SVHS VCR. It will record and play in the regular VHS mode perfectly well.

    Actually the signal as recorded on the tape including for regular VHS is Y/C separated, so you should output tape playback as S-video to your DVD burner or another (SVHS) VCR.

    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     
  4. John S

    John S Producer

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    Thanks Allan, I never knew it was sort of Svideo native on tapes.
     

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