Posted on 2011-09-30
I have dozens of VHS tapes (home videos) recorded in SP mode (i.e. 2 hours per tape). I want to store these on a hard disk and create family DVDs with clips from the VHS tapes and menus, special effects and transitions.
My first attempt was to buy a 4-head VCR/DVD combo player for $90. I used StarTech.com's Composite to USB capture cable (SVID2USB22) which does mpeg1 and mpeg2 recording.
I then used Adobe Premiere Elements 9 (PRE) to author a DVD.
The quality of the video on the authored DVD was mediocre. Part of that may be due to the circa 1987 Hitachi consumer VHS camcorder that recorded the tapes; but I wonder how much of the mediocre video on the DVD is because of:
1) The cheapo VCR/DVD combo player I just bought (although I suspect that a cheap 2011 VCR player will exceed the recording quality of a 1987 VHS camcorder?)
2) the quality of the StarTech capture cable
3) that the VHS video was captured to mpg instead of another format which I believe is relevant because I then combined the mpg clips to author a DVD which I assume PRE rendered before burning the DVD and I believe rendering source mpg files results in degradation?
Would appreciate comments that help me understand the issues outlined above and that offer recommendations on how to get the best quality VHS capture for $250 or less.
My objective is to capture all the VHS tapes and then to clip segments from the resulting files to author DVDs.