A Bypass Switch for the Time Base Corrector

In Part 3 of the Digitising VHS Tapes series, I indicated that the Time Base Corrector (TBC) was only switched into service when noise on the tape was bad enough to cause video capture to abort. There were several reasons not to leave the TBC in service all the time. A side effect of cleaning …
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Digitising VHS Tapes: Part 3(3) – Digitising Process Refinements

In Part 1 of this series, I had worked out a process for digitising VHS tapes, or so I thought. Turns out, things were not as straightforward. The process worked quite well for PAL tapes, but failed miserably for NTSC tapes. The KWoRLD DVD Maker 2 did a terrible job of capturing NTSC footage as …
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Digitising VHS Tapes: Part 2(3) – Samsung Worldwide VCR SV-4000W Repair.

In Part 1 of this series, I had to use a backup VCR (Panasonic NV-FJ620) as my primary VCR (Samsung Worldwide VCR SV-4000W) had failed. ┬áThe backup VCR did an admirable job of playing VHS content, both PAL and NTSC and delivering content in those formats. Some VCRs will support NTSC playback, but the output …
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Digitising VHS Tapes: Part 1(3) – Digitising Process Considerations

I came across a box of VHS tapes recently that had been in storage for several years. Feeling nostalgic, I hooked up my top-of-the-line┬áSamsung SV-4000W VCR and put in a tape to watch. The tape was promptly chewed up. My VCR had suffered a catastrophic mechanical fault in the tape transport mechanism. So I got …
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