Just a couple of quick comments. These are just my opinions, and I'm nobody authoritative--just a guy who captures and encodes content to my HTPC on a daily basis.
First, I wouldn't recommend capturing with a Holo3dgraph using the Faroudja chip to deinterlace--it is going to introduce a few errors here and there. The best way to recover the original 24p remains deinterlacing *after* capture, using Donald Graft's Decomb package's telecide/decimate functionality. Additionally, if you want to correct for possible errors automatically without having to check for bad IVTC matches, you can always use KernelDeint as a postprocessor to telecide so that it will be activated if and only if residual combing is detected. A sample Avisynth script implementing this would be:
If you don't learn at least a little bit of Avisynth script-fu, or comparable techniques in professional NLE packages, any captures you make aren't going to look the absolute best they could have. The forums at Doom9.org are the best places to learn, and while I was completely mystified at first I eventually got it.
That isn't to say that you can't make good captures otherwise, but they will never look their best unless you capture to PC using lossless compression like the huffyuv codec or at least only slightly lossy codecs like 4:2:2 MJPEG, and do postprocessing with Avisynth. DV and MPEG-2 each introduce their own kinds of artifacting (esp. DV's 4:1:1 color sampling, which pixellates edges of laser blasts, lightsabers, and anything else with vivid colors), which can make Avisynth filters less optimal. Capturing with a DV or D-VHS deck may be easier and produce very acceptable results--but do you want acceptable or exceptional? :D
The final output quality will of course be limited by the quality of your source and equipment--but mostly, IMHO, by your level of committment to learning the art of video processing. The more comitted you are, the more tips you can learn about improving on deficient sources and even compensating for less-than-ideal equipment. Just my tuppence, though. ;)
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Thanks for the link to your interesting site and project. Good luck and have fun, to you and to the other SW fans undertaking similar captures and/or "restorations." And for everyone playing this at home instead of in a studio, the Video Essentials laserdisc is your friend. :)
EDIT: BTW, to anyone capturing laserdisc/VHS/beta/etc. as a hobby--you may want to seriously consider a final output format other than DVD. Even double-layered DVD is a suboptimal format these days because it still uses ancient MPEG-2 and its low-quality DCT quantizers. Consider your archival options, now that HTPCs are so popular. You can always downconvert to DVD if your archival copy is in another format, but if your archival copy was DVD then it's the best you'll ever have...