I think that your tape looks very good! And I definitely think that they can be used for the DVD set if we change up the capturing methods. I know that you had said that you would try a new capture, so I just wanted to give you a few hints before you try :)
Right now the encoding is:
- progressive (frame blended)
What would be best for the DVD set would be:
- AVI. But if you want to upload to the internet you can convert to MP4/MKV to preserve more of the quality.
Again, I think that your tapes look great and you have a nice vcr and capture card. It is just the WMV encoding that makes it difficult to use in a DVD set. The video looks good small and on a computer screen but then when you blow it up to a large TV it will look pixelated.
Here are some examples...
You overall picture looks pretty good from the VHS, VCR and capture card.
But when there is a lot of activity on screen it can tend to get blocky. And this is a direct result of the encoding (WMV) being used. These artifacts will not be present when using a higher quality encode such as AVI (and to a certain extent a high quality MP4 encode).
And example of the "blended frames" is when you see two frames at the same time. This can be the result of not using the proper frame rate as well as the progressive encoding used.
I am having trouble telling if those are the exact same blended frames as the PAL set or not.
Here is an example from my captures, this is from episode 2 where there is a dark background with a very bright and active laser moving around on the screen. I am definitely trying to keep the blocky noise down.
But at the end of the day this is VHS we are talking about. There are going to be bad frames and noise all over the place. So it will never really look perfect. :P
Either way, the Coby episode would still be an upgrade from anything else that we currently have. And I am sure that we are all very interested in seeing that :)
Thanks again Swccmty, for sharing this with us. I know we are all very excited to see this DVD set!!!
Also, if you do a raw AVI capture I would be more than happy to send you some sort of flash drive to mail back to me in the USA as well as giving you money for shipping. The file sizes can sometimes get to be too much for most upload sites. :)