Originally Posted by snowdog 88
Yep. I've been very disappointed in their selection of electronics within the last few years. Not to mention the high prices for damaged, missing, or low quality stuff. One location near me had a Sony Beta player a few years ago that had the front panel buttons falling out, and they wanted $50 for it. OTOH, I've bought 3 Dell flat panel monitors each under $10, which I thought was a bargain as they usually sell for around $20.
One of the things that annoys the heck out of me with Goodwill is when I find an audio CD with no disc in it. Either customers are stealing the disc right out of the case or the donator forgot to include the disc, which Goodwill should check before placing it on the sales floor. After complaining to one location about missing discs, they moved the media section to the front of the store where the people at the cash registers can keep an eye on them. Then later they decided to take it up a notch and package-tape the cases shut so that the discs don't end up missing/stolen, which didn't sit well with me because I want to check the discs for heavy damage before buying them.
Panasonic VCRs in my experience were infamous for blanking out the picture when the slightest amount of static was present, even when the tape played fairly well in other machines. Really wished there was an option to disable it.
Yes they have really crazy pricing @ the Goodwill, & noted the same things you are seeing, but like you I also picked up Dell Flat monitor triplets too.
also when dad needed to replace his CRT monitor, I found a 17" 4x3 Sony LCD (similar to my 15), for $12. I have got high end DVD players for < $10, but when a Blue Ray player is there it's like > $30. Also found a missing Sony remote with nothing it would go to, possibly got separated from it's mate, no price, I got it for $1.
I think they are stealing the media...
Originally Posted by Token Majove
Another option is a usb3 dongle. Reviews are key, the ADCs are the key, and the cheap ones really hurt the quality. You can likely find a good dongle for under $100, might even get one that have actual encoders built-in, so you don't have to use the CPU to do it.. though CPU encoders are the best quality, so I'd do a lossless transfer and encode after the fact in avidemux or something.. be sure to deinterlace (if avidemux, use yadif2) and use temporal cleaning... Vhs does some hacky things with color information that can look awful when converted to digital, and temporal cleaning goes a long way towards correcting that.. I'm not usually big on filtering things, as it's usually removing information to give the illusion of clarity, but that is one I always use for vhs copies. It basically takes the differing color information from frame to frame and averages it out. Since VHS alternates color encoding between frames, it makes each frame contain the colors the VHS is trying to emulate by rapidly switching colors displayed... And since modern encoding works by trying to carry similar data between frames, having each frame jumping between colors is havoc... Running temporal smoothing saves a lot of bits in the final file, looks better overall, and there is very minimal tradeoff.
Woah, English please!
I would like to transfer over a few things from VHS to a DVD & bought one of those Composite to USB deals, but later was told they did a horrible job. Well let's face it, it's VHS & it's not going to be pristine, & would think it couldn't be all that much worse than the VHS Tape.... or could it?
I copied something in LP mode over to DVD on one of those DVD Recorders, yet on my 20" CRT, I cannot tell the difference. Same goes for my Reel to Reel, need to go through a box of tapes & see what I really want, digitize & off that Reel to Reel deck.