I've been advised that a used JVC DVHS deck is the best way to transfer old flaky VHS tapes to PC. Does this sound accurate? There appear to be lots of 30k and 40k devices for sale on Ebay and I'm considering bidding for one. Hopefully you guys/gals can help me make a good decision. Here are some questions:
1. what is the difference between the 30k and 40k models?
2. is it true that I can enable a TBC function (with either deck) to eliminate vsync errors on old VHS tapes?
3. how difficult is it to capture the MPEG2 stream from the deck? I already have several a/v capture devices for my PC but I'd rather just capture the digital stream to disk.
4. Assuming my info is correct (re VHS playback) does this also enable clean conversion of other analog video sources, e.g. Hi8 camcoder?
Just to show I'm not lazy: I can see from the two models' user manuals that the 40k includes "D-Theatre" and "PCM". Not sure what they mean by that but doesn't sound like it would impact my desired usage?
My primary interest in the DVHS machines is their Time Base Corrector circuit. The fact that they also do the a/d conversion is icing. I just want to make sure it all works as I've been told to expect.
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