VCR with RGB Output

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  1. meansizzler

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    DO they exist, need one for archiving some tapes onto the PC...., so need a vcr which can output the best quality...
     
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    I think the best you'll get is one with S-Video out. As VHS is a colour under system the chroma is already combined.

    Use a TBC for best results - you could go S-Video into a TBC then component / RGB into your PC depending on what input you have.

    If you don't have access to a standalone TBC a lot of DVD recorders do a pretty good job of stabilizing VHS footage.


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    Indeed. There would be no point, so no such thing exists (afaik). Agree with all that bsuttie says.
     
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    A tape recorded on a VCR will only be recorded in composite video, so even if you could get a VCR that outputs RGB there would be no quality improvement due to the low quality of the recording.
    So to record onto the PC any standard VHS VCR will output as good quality as is possible from a VCR (as long as it is working ok). All you need is a good capture card to get the best capture. Or just a standalone DVD recorder will make good copies of the VHS tapes - as long as they are not copy protected (prerecorded) tapes.

    Mark.
     
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    There was a Philips Matchline S-VHS machine (VR813) from the early nineties that could be set to output RGB in the setup menu. The picture in RGB wasn't that great as it tended to enhance the flaws in the VHS format (such as poor blue colour reproduction and dot crawl etc).
    It was quite a feature packed machine in its day, as it also had an on-board Fastext decoder, which meant it could record and play back subtitles and teletext pages from S-VHS recordings. You could even use it to set timer recordings via Ceefax by selecting the desired program with a cursor :cool:
     
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    Yes I had one of those.
    At the time there were few TVs with a S-video input, so to gain any benefit from S-VHS recordings on a TV with choice of RGB or Composite input, RGB was offered as an output.
    Also the user interface was pin-sharp connected this way.

    I don't see any benefit converting VHS or S-VHS to RGB for a PC capture card - I thought that most were capable of CV or S-video input, and that S-video (from a S-VHS VCR) would offer the best that either VHS or S-VHS can achieve.
     

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