OK, after an afternoon digging around the archives and elsewhere on the net I am still without a clear answer.
EDIT: It appears all you need for VHS is a deck with S-video out, as the signals are recorded seperately.
I'm looking to archive a number of old VHS tapes. I'll be playing them out of a professional/broadcast deck that hasn't seen use in decades (crosses fingers). I'm digitizing them into an Avid Media Composer with external I/O (not the Mojo) but it's composite input is typically lacking.
I haven't been all that keen on the EDGE's composite input, but maybe I'm expecting too much.
So, here's what I've come up with as far as worthy contenders for external comb filters:
- RCA DRC8335 impressive zone plate performance, but exhibits flicker and dot crawl
- Holo3DGraph II using SAA7118
*update - Crystalio II using TI-TVP5160 seems to be the most universally praised
- Entech's SVSI-1 external 2D filter (Composite to SVideo)
- Entech's CVSI-1 external 2D filter (Composite/S-Video to Component)
- Alchemy VPG Visual Reality Engine ext. box
- Kramer FC-4044
Am I missing anything? In what order would you rank the above? I'm not only interested in theoretical, but impressions from those who have used one or more of the above.
I don't currently have access to any of them, so cost and availability are an issue.
This archival project means a lot to me as my family had 8mm films etc transferred to VHS some time ago, and now of course the originals are nowhere to be found. All we've got are *ugh* VHS.
Although many people (including within my family) won't see an appreciable difference, I'd like to give future generations a shot in hell of watching some of these events without vomiting. The more detail I preserve, what little there may be, will help things in the end.
As always--thanks for any contributions!
Edited by HDgaming42 - 9/14/12 at 6:12am