Newbee question: VHS player recommendation, source for DV

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Hi:
Brand new and clueless here.

I'm slowly trying to set myself up to transfer my VHS movie collection
to DV via a Canopus ADVC-50 and basic firewire card on a reasonably
strong PC

I know I'll be needing a *good* VHS player, but I haven't been able to
find a review site geared towards anything beyond normal home use.
It would be a dedicated player, used only for conversions; doesn't
*need* to record, only play; and I'm hoping for something appropriate
for under $300.

Any recommendations and/or links to a good site for reviews?
Any recommendations for places to buy online equipment for this sort
of endevour (i.e.. if this was a computer building forum, most
everyone would be saying go to newegg.com -- where do video folks go?)

Many thanks for any help you may offer. Terrific informative forum
you've got here.
 
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There are still pro VHS decks being sold, but of course they are much
pricier than consumer ones- figure at least 800-1000 bucks for one of
these.

We have a dub rack using consumer decks, and the quality control and
reliability on recent consumer decks sure isn't that great.

The format specs pretty much determine quality of output signal, but if
you have a lot of tapes to do, you'll need to worry about reliability
and longevity.

pinxet wrote:
>
> Hi:
> Brand new and clueless here.
>
> I'm slowly trying to set myself up to transfer my VHS movie collection
> to DV via a Canopus ADVC-50 and basic firewire card on a reasonably
> strong PC
>
> I know I'll be needing a *good* VHS player, but I haven't been able to
> find a review site geared towards anything beyond normal home use.
> It would be a dedicated player, used only for conversions; doesn't
> *need* to record, only play; and I'm hoping for something appropriate
> for under $300.
>
> Any recommendations and/or links to a good site for reviews?
> Any recommendations for places to buy online equipment for this sort
> of endevour (i.e.. if this was a computer building forum, most
> everyone would be saying go to newegg.com -- where do video folks go?)
>
> Many thanks for any help you may offer. Terrific informative forum
> you've got here.

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On Wed, 14 Apr 2004 18:19:35 -0600, pinxet
<nowhereman@nowhereland.com> wrote:

>Hi:
>Brand new and clueless here.
>
>I'm slowly trying to set myself up to transfer my VHS movie collection
>to DV via a Canopus ADVC-50 and basic firewire card on a reasonably
>strong PC
>
>I know I'll be needing a *good* VHS player, but I haven't been able to
>find a review site geared towards anything beyond normal home use.
>It would be a dedicated player, used only for conversions; doesn't
>*need* to record, only play; and I'm hoping for something appropriate
>for under $300.

Player-only machines are pretty much dead as consumer tech goes, and
the pro ones for editing cost way more than $300.

What should work is any good VHS or SVHS VCR which has some picture
stabilizer/TBC function (to help with playback quality) and an editing
playback mode which disables processing intended to improve TV
viewing.

Most home oriented cheap VHS VCRs have neither, while most consumer
SVHS VCRs have both. JVC and Panasonic both make them, under $300.
Models change frequently.

The basic tech is pretty stable now, so almost any model will do.
There is little difference until you get into much higher prices --
$1000 and up -- which are all semipro or pro decks. While those do
offer a lot of enhancements, you probably don't need them for most
tapes.

>Any recommendations and/or links to a good site for reviews?
>Any recommendations for places to buy online equipment for this sort
>of endevour (i.e.. if this was a computer building forum, most
>everyone would be saying go to newegg.com -- where do video folks go?)

bhphotovideo.com is a good online source -- not the only one, but
they have a huge range of equipment at decent prices from consumer to
broadcast pro stuff, and pretty much anything related to photo or
video work is carried. Lots of good info, even if you don't buy from
them.

>Many thanks for any help you may offer. Terrific informative forum
>you've got here.

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pinxet <nowhereman@nowhereland.com> wrote:

>Hi:
>Brand new and clueless here.
>
>I'm slowly trying to set myself up to transfer my VHS movie collection
>to DV via a Canopus ADVC-50 and basic firewire card on a reasonably
>strong PC
>
>I know I'll be needing a *good* VHS player, but I haven't been able to
>find a review site geared towards anything beyond normal home use.
>It would be a dedicated player, used only for conversions; doesn't
>*need* to record, only play; and I'm hoping for something appropriate
>for under $300.
>
>Any recommendations and/or links to a good site for reviews?
>Any recommendations for places to buy online equipment for this sort
>of endevour (i.e.. if this was a computer building forum, most
>everyone would be saying go to newegg.com -- where do video folks go?)
>
>Many thanks for any help you may offer. Terrific informative forum
>you've got here.

Most recent VHS players are good at playing and recording VHS tapes as
there has been improvements in VHS players over the years.
You need to decide Stereo or Mono sound, SP only or SP and L:p speed.
If your tapes are in poor condition then you may need to look at
getting a VHS player with a built-in time base corrector. There are
also a number of add on hardware such as a video enhancer.
If you don't have many VHS tapes to convert then you might be able to
hire a VHS player.

If your looking for video sites then try searching with Google
www.google.com and type in keywords such as "vhs video player"

Regards Brian
 

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