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  • Best Way to Convert Lots of PAL VHS tapes to MPEG-1s

    Posted by John Fishback on January 1, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    My objective is to develop the best workflow to convert lots of PAL VHS tapes to MPEG-1 using FCP and IO.

    I can think of two approaches.

    1) Buy a multi-system VCR with standards converter and input NTSC to FCP, trim digitized tapes, export refs and use Compressor to make MPEGs. Disadvantage is probably the quality of the standards converter. I don’t want to spend a fortune on this as it’s VHS and a one-time job.

    2) Buy only VCR that plays PAL. Install AJA’s IoAnalogPAL.mkpg and capture the PAL VCRs output as PAL. Trim digitized tapes, export refs and use Compressor to make MPEGs. Disadvantage is I can’t view input or digitized clips on my broadcast (NTSC-only) monitor.

    I am open to suggestions as to the benefits/drawbacks of either approach and for better ways of doing this. Also, if anyone has suggestions as to VCRs/standards converters I’d appreciate that, too.

    John

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    James Vancouver replied 18 years, 5 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Nick Meyers

    January 1, 2006 at 10:24 pm

    capturing as PAL seems the best way to go.

    do you need to view the clips on a broadcast monitor?
    what are the mpegs for?
    if not for broadcast, then you are ok, surely?

    nick

  • John Fishback

    January 1, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    MPEGs are for archive purposes, not broadcast.

    John

  • James Vancouver

    January 3, 2006 at 4:07 am

    Hi – I’m just starting out on FCP and to get some practice, have been capturing footage from VHS tapes. I daisy-chained the VCR to my Panasonic AG-DV2500 deck, which is firewired to the G5. I haven’t had problems capturing footage, but I have had difficulty exporting it to a size that is usable. I’ve been trying to use Compressor, but once I enter all my presets and try to “submit” it gives me this error message: “Cannot submit to batch – Unable to connect to background process”. I cannot find what this means in the Help Function and cannot figure it out…any ideas?

    I know this isn’t what you posted, but your Subject heading looked similar.

    Thanks in advance,
    James

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