I’ve been converting VHS to DVD for about 2 years. I feed from an older VCR with RCA jacks through an (external) Dazzle DVC 150, with Pinnacle Studio 9.
Generally I’ve found them to be not much trouble.
But, I’ve run into a tape that I can’t recover. I’ve been using dry and wet cleaners, and have wound and rewound the tape many times.
The video comes through with a variety of problems. It drops color. It flickers. It looks like some frames actually jump - like there is a vertical or horizontal hold problem. It’s a mess.
When I play it on a TV it is much better.
What I’m wondering is if this is because the Dazzle box has an onboard MPEG converter. Would I be better off getting a new device/card that supports something like AVI, and pairing it with freeware like VirtualDub?
Cheap suggestions are appreciated: believe it or not I’ve gotten most of my tapes converted without much trouble, and I only have about 25 left.