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VCR with S-Video Out

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by Azrikam, Oct 27, 2003.

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  1. Azrikam

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    This may be a completely stupid question, but cabling is definitely one of my weak points.

    Is it common, or even possible to get a VCR with an S-Video Out connection? Basically, I've got some old NTSC videos that I want to convert to digital format. I've got a WinTV-Theatre card with S-Video in. My old NTSC VCR just recently died, so I was looking to pick up a cheap box to convert the tapes. I was going to do the audio as a separate process, so that doesn't really matter.

    Should I even bother with S-Video Out, or get some sort of convertable scart cable?
     
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    The only VCR's that will have an S-Video port are SVHS VCR's. No standard VHS VCR's will.

    www.maplin.co.uk
    Product code: QM52G
    SVHS-Phono Adaptor £4.99inc
    Converts s-video to composite or vice versa. Simply connect in line. Composite end has single phono (RCA) socket, S-VHS end has 4-pin miniDIN socket.
    · Bi-directional conversion
    · Gold-plated connections
    · Compact and easy-to-use

    You will need something like the above product to convert a standard composite lead to S-Video so you can capture to your PC with a standard VHS VCR. Without this the picture will be in B&W.

    SVHS will give a better PQ, but this is obviously down to the quality of the origional footage.

    Mark.
     
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    The original tapes are in pretty rough shape, so SVHS would probably be wasted.

    Thanks for the converter info. I'll pick one of those up and look for a low-end NTSC compatible VCR. (I've already got a good PAL machine)
     

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