I have a couple of LD players a Pioneer CLD-1030 and a Pioneer CLD-D704. I thought the other day I would slap in my VE laserdisc and do some caps of the 'Snell & Wilcox' test pattern. I didn't even bother to try the 1030 and went right to the D704. I have a couple of capture devices, a Dazzle 100 and a bt8x8 card. I won't post pics from every combination here. None of these images or caps from which they came have been 'post-processed' in any way, period. Some are 720x480 others are 640x480.
No surprise that the D704 composite looked like this:
And really not a surprise that the D704 svideo image looked like this (it made a little bit of a difference I guess...)
Now, I have been using a Vidicraft detailer III ($20 used) and a Vidicraft procamp ($20 used) with fairly good results using the composite output for captures. Lately I have been wanting to try something similar for svideo to see how that looked when I got an idea. I figured if I ran the D704 composite through the vidicraft boxes and then into the composite input of my RCA DRC8335 (standalone vhs to dvdr sold at walmart for $140 before being discontinued) I could then run the RCA DRC8335 svideo out to my capture cards. Not sure I could even pass through like that I tried it and this is what I saw (this one is with the bt8x8 w/ all card extra options off, but I did adjust the vidicraft stuff and card proc amp before capture):
and here is one I did just a minute ago with the D704 plugged straight into the RCA vcr straight into the Dazzle (640x480):
now, what could I expect from my lowly CLD-1030 player ($25 used) w/ my RCA walmart reject vcr/dvdr standalone comb filter to Dazzle, w/ card proc amp adjusted a bit(640x480)? This:
and again my lowly CLD-1030 player with a little help from the vidicraft boxes (I tried to get it to look similar to the X0 & X9 caps I've seen color-wise and brightness-wise, before capturing) pass-thru the RCA DRC8335, composite in, svideo out (640x480):
well what do you think? Remember I did no post-processing of any kind, all adjustments were done before capture with the methods I described.
The RCA does seem to knock out some of the vividity of the color.