Will an S-VHS player help me burn better DVDs???

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  1. Mitch E

    Mitch E Auditioning

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    Here's the story. I have a bunch of stuff on Video tape that I want to transfer over to DVDs. I have access to a DVD recorder. I want to have the picture quality on the DVD look as good as possible and I was wondering....
    Will using an S-VHS deck as the source (using S-Video Cable) show a noticeable improvement over using standard VHS deck with composite video cable?
    I will transferring the VHS to mini DV and then over to DVD. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Brian W. Ralston

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    no...not unless the video is recorded on SVHS tapes at the higher resolution. If you are just playing regular VHS tapes in the S-VHS player.....you will still only see the standard VHS resolution.
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  3. Mitch E

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    I didn't think that I would be creating resolution by using a better connection but wouldn't the picture signal be cleaner using s-video instead of composite hookup.
    Why do copies of VHS tapes look so bad (TV not movies so it shouldn't be a Macrovision problem)?
    thanks again,
    mitch
     
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    Yes.
    Luma and chroma are recorded separately on VHS tapes. If you use a SVHS VCR with SVIDEO output, you get what was on there. If you use composite out of any VCR, they get combined back together, artifacts are created when they are separated again for the recording process (MPEG compression uses the Y signal and derives Cr/Cb from C), and you may loose bandwidth (detail) as a side effect.
     
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    If you have a higher end JVC S-VCR they (and other brands) have Digital Time Base correction/Noise reduction circuts that significantly clean up the image on playback of VHS & S-VHS recordings. That might help too.
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    [Edited last by Kevin M on September 19, 2001 at 06:36 AM]
     
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    Using a Panasonic AG-1980, Sony SVO-2000, or other pro deck for playback would help even more. The JVC's are just the top of the heap for consumer machines, but the 9500/9600/9800 are atleast close to an AG-1980. The JVC 9xxx series decks greatest strength is playback of camcorder tapes. Good luck with it!
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    Well it seemed to me that the topic starter was asking about Consumer decks & not Pro decks. I guess I could have been wrong about that.
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