Anyone have any thoughts or tips on using this analog to digital converter with a VCR and CS6? Has anyone used one of these before?
1. Any tips from experience that will help result in the best quality transfer?
2. Could I do any better by buying a more expensive unit? OR will this unit likely result in the same level of quality as the more expensive units?
I have the 110 and I am sure it wont do the job any better than a 55.
These are basic I/O devices and you have no choices ( settings) to make for how they do their work.
They certainly dont make chicken pie out of chicken manure either.
As Craig said, you can't adjust the quality of the capture, since it is a simple digital transfer. However, the higher numbered models have a better TBC, so they are more suitable for very old VHS material. If your material is still pretty good (as far as VHS concerns) the 55 is a great model, but if the VHS material is very old and has deteriorated visibly in the course of many years, you may want to have a look at the more expensive models because of that time base correction.
A TBC between an analogue source and a digitizer will let you control the amplitude of the incoming signal. Sometimes VHS material has a video signal that exceeds 1.1v and that's about the point that the digitizer will start to clip the video signal. With a TBC you can control the video level to prevent any clipping.
I captured some clips from some tapes and the quality is pretty awful, even for my low expectations of what I would get from VHS. There are two dipswitches on the device that I was a bit confused by...Can anyone who is familiar with this device please help me with the following:
1. I want the first switch to be in NTSC mode so I am leaving the switch in the up position. Does that sound right?
2. I was unclear on the second switch, the NTSC Setup Level switch, and I have it in the down position?
Page 13 has the guide for the dip switches.
You can also test if you get a better result by applying set up or otherwise in switch 2.
BTW - how old are the VHS tapes and what do they look like before digitising them?
Are they PALor NTSC originally?
(The box wont do a great job of converting them either so stick to what they are ).