s-video - how useful is it?

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  1. derb

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    My panny is connected to my VHS VCR via a video and two audio leads (in) plugged into a scart on my VCR (out). Is it worth my adding an s-video cable to the existing combination? Would it make recordings made from my video any better?
     
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    I'm sorry but I don't quite understand your original post (it's been a long day so it's probably me) but what is 'your Panny' - a SVHS, a digibox, a E30/50/HS2?

    Although picture quality is subjective I don't think there are many people who will argue that S-Video is 10 times better than composite (which is the normal method of connection). However you will need to check your VCR can output S-Video. If not then composite is the best you will get from it as no VCRs can do RGB or component out.
     
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    Sorry - it's an e50. My VCR doesn't seem to have a dedicated s-video connection - there's just a plug for one in the phono-scart box I have. If what you say is the case, then why did they include an S-video cable connection at all? Is it only for devices that don't have a composite connection?
     
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    Some devices can output S-Video through a Scart socket, e.g. an SVHS VCR which is why S-Video is included in such a device.

    If your archiving video to DVD then your probably best using a screened scart lead rather than individual leads as this will give the best picture. There's no need to spend a fortune on leads from a VCR (as the picture will never be THAT good) but you will get a better picture if you use a decent Scart.

    Run the Scart from your output Scart on the VCR to AV2 on the E50.
     
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    Alas AV2 goes to my digital cable box. Panasonic suggests I plug my VCR into AV4 (which is phonos for audio in and video in plus an svideo jack). AV1 is an output SCART I believe so I can't use that. Does this mean I am already doing the best I can do then?
     
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    Another option is to get a scart switchbox, you can only record one thing at once.
     
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    Oho - good thought. But I don't fancy having to reach around behind my machine each time I want to switch from one to the other and I am sure I would manage to mix them up. I think I will live with the system the way it is. Thanks for the input, though (did I mention this board is absolutely excellent?)
     
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    I would recommend the Argos scart switch box less than a tenner and allows RGB

    It is the one without! the scart attached
     
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    Yes,probably.

    There's not much in it between S-Video and Composite really.

    DVD-RAM/-R is better than VHS/S-VHS anyway.
     
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    I think there is a significant difference in quality from s-video to composite
     
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    I agree - picture quality is always subjective but I've found it to be much nicer. My old E20 only had S-Video or Composite in so I had to record like that from Sky+ - and S-Video was much better. RGB is better still IMHO.
     
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    Great, thanks for That!!
     
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    just to confirm the one I have is the 534/0370

    avoid the other one like the plague as it doesn't allow an RGB signal

    Without a doubt IMO too
     
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    Derb,
    Are you saying your VCR doesnt actually have an S video out connection?

    If its not an S-VHS vcr then its unlikely to provide an S-video out signal. In which case, no theres no point using the Svideo connection
     

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