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  • Jim Schermerhorn

    May 18, 2022 at 2:51 am

    I’m transferring VHS tape to macbook. VCR connected to analog monitor for viewing. ADVC110 Canopus connected to old macbook running OS 10.5.8 with 6 pin firewire cable and viewing the digital transfer on the mac. I’m digitizing into Final Cut Express v4.0.1. I can see both the analog and digital picture at the same time. The transfer is going fine except for 2 areas. In 2 different beach scenes the computer screen is showing the light shifting growing slightly darker every few seconds in the digital transfer. But while watching the analog monitor, no such light shift is going on on the vhs tape. Any ideas on how I can eliminate this light shift? It’s clearly not on the tape

  • Shane Ross

    May 18, 2022 at 3:04 am

    Is this a personal tape, or a Hollywood movie or TV show purchased? Sounds a little like old copy protection.

  • Jim Schermerhorn

    May 18, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    No, this is a personal tape of a family vacation that I shot back in the mid 80s, so no copy protection involved. This light shift only happens in 4 sections of the tape, 2 outdoor and 2 indoor scenes. I want to edit this tape in Davinci Resolve and these affected sections are ones that I want to use as they have a family member who is no longer alive

  • Shane Ross

    May 20, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Hmmm…wish I knew. Been a while since I used the Canopus…and 11 years since I used FCP Legacy. Shoot… Restarted everything since, Still doing it?

  • Jim Schermerhorn

    May 21, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    I kept my old laptop which has the FCP Legacy and other old apps that once in awhile come in handy. Also still have a vcr, analog monitor and canopus. I digitized one other tape and had no problems with that one. The problem tape described in my original post, has this light shift in about a dozen different areas, totalling about 15 minutes of affected area. The other 1 hour and 45 minutes of recorded footage is fine. Most of the problem footage is outdoors. But most of the tape was shot outdoors. As I said, viewing it on the analog monitor there is no visible problem, it’s only after it’s converted to digital that the light shift is apparent. I only have 1 vcr so I can’t try a different machine

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