I have a JVC 40K DVHS unit that I bought largely because it was on a clearance sale and some had said it was a great alternative to the S9800 for playing old VHS tapes in an attempt to convert them to a digital format. It does a nice job stabilizing old tapes, but I had much more pleasing results using a 6-head Toshiba VCR on old tapes that are in pretty good condition.
That being said, I'm curious if this deck will actually output a digital stream over firewire when playing these analog tapes. If so, capturing a mpeg2.ts file from it would prove to be quite useful.
Can this be done?
Disclaimer: I used the 40K to record the firewire output of one of our Comcast DVRs (DCH3416) to DVHS tape a number of times back in 2006, but I've never actually as much as captured the firewire output of the 40K playing one of DVHS tapes to a PC. Are there drivers I need for when the PC discovers the firewire connection? Or are they automatically detected and installed?