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tv capture over network

Hi,

I have a pc with tv-capturing card in one room, and a laptop in
another room. I was wondering if it is possible to see the captured tv
on my laptop? I would like it to be in real-time or close to it.

Has anybody done this? What kind of software do I need.

Thx,

Matthias

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VHS to DVD (again)

With a little help I have managed to capture VHS at 352×576 using
VirtualVCR and the XStream TV-PVR card that I have – I am working in PAL.
One problem (if it is a problem) is that using VirtualVCR I do get some
dropped frames in this resolution – I was using AVI_IO but could not
capture at 352×576, however using AVI_IO I was not getting any dropped
frames – is this likely to be because I am now capturing at a higher
resolution ? Any help appreciated.

Thanks

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TMPG recoding problem

I have captured various files – VHS to AVI files – approx 14Gig to 30 Gig
in size – I am then trying to recode these using TMPG (into MPG2 files for
burning to a DVD) – eveything seems to go fine until TMPG gets to the last
4 – 7 seconds of the coding then it stops responding (according to windows)
– when I look at the file it has produced it seems to play in WMP but
cannot be loaded by TMPG Author (for turning into VOB’s) – just hangs –
Virtual Dub just halts with an error when I try to open the file – the
converted files are around 3 – 4 gig.

Is there someway of cutting the ends off these damaged files ? Nothing
seems to want to open them – the most annoying thing is obviously that to
do the recodes is taking between 4 and 9 hours a time.

Any help much appreciated.

Thanks

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Giles Mouchard's Chroma Noise Reduction

Anyone know where I can find this filter? Or a good alternative? I
read about it a bit in this post and wanted to give it a shot.

http://www.dmnforums.com/cgi-bin/displaywwugpost.fcgi?forum=sonic-fou…

thanks..Jeremy

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Really, how to covert PAL DVD to NTSC DVD

This question has been asked again and again but no one has an answer.
I have a PAL DVD but want to convert it to a NTSC DVD withought losing
all the menu features.  I want to make an exact copy but convert the
format so we can play it in our home DVD players over here.

I have access to the Adobe family of products.  Does Encore take a PAL
DVD, plop it on your hard drive, convert it to NTSC DVD then burn
again?

Surely there is a program that can do this with minimal input and
withought using 10-15 different programs.

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What Software is best for me?

My System:
AMD Duron xp3000+
1gb ram
256mb graphics
DVD+_RW pioneer dvr-108

I have a philips dvd+rw that i use to record some of my fav tv programs and
i would like to but some of them on to dvd+r the trouble is some of the
video’s need to be cut down and edited before i burn them to disk i would
also like a menu to be on the final dvd.

Can someone let me know what software i need to be able to do the above?
I appreciate that there are loads of software that can do the above but i
just need to know what ones are more usser friendly and easy to understand.

TIA
Simon

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Duplicating a mini DV tape

What is the easiest way to duplicate a mini DV tape?

i.e. exact copy.

Jackie

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Audio Sync encoding problem

Hope this is not too long but trying to give enough info.

Fairly new to capturing (but picking up experience fast because of the
number of mistakes I have made) – I am capturing VHS using an XStream
TV/Capture Card – using VirtualVCR to do the actual capture, huffyuv
compression – capturing at 352×576 (working in PAL land)- audio at 44 or
48 Mhz (I have used various). I end up with an avi file that if I play it
on the PC is in sync from one end to the other. The statistics on the
actual capture say that there were some dropped frames – out of 175307
captured frames there were Dropped1=357 and Dropped2=58 – the captured
clip is 1 Hour 56 Minutes long (I don’t know what the Dropped2 figure
represents ?).

However, notwithstanding the dropped frames the avi file appears to playy
in sync all the way through. I then encode the file using TMPG (version
TMPGEnc 2.521.58.169) – I have tried various settings but am currently
encoding to an MPEG2 (at 352×576) file using a Constant Quality setting,
‘Normal’ motion search. My problem is that the audio is going out of sync
! Obviously, depending what settings you use my recode’s are taking
between 3 and 9 hours a time and you can only tell whether the audio
stays in sync by  encoding the whole file (around 6 times to date, for
various problems !). I don’t see anything in TMPG that adjusts the audio
but as I say the avi seems to be synced anyway so I assume that the
‘capture’ went OK.

If anyone has any helpful suggestions I would be really grateful.

Thanks

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Re: Problem copying VCR VHS to Camcoder MiniDV

>I am trying to copy from VHS tape on a VCR to MiniDV on a JVC GRD73
>digital camcorder.

>The hardware is connected with an analogue camcorder cable with the RCA
>plugs plugged into a SCART adaptor with the switch set to OUT.

>I have followed the JVC instructions and set the S/AV INPUT  to ON.

>A picture does appear on the camcorder but looks like a TV channel
>slightly out of tune, no colour and distorted. When I tried to record
>the camcorder says copying failed, the manual suggests the signal might
>be copyguarded which should not be true in this case.
>Can anyone suggest what the problem might be and how to solve it.

Is the original VHS tape PAL or NTSC? Is the camcorder PAL or NTSC? The
symptoms you describe sound like an attempt to record PAL on an NTSC
machine…or vice-versa (which is not physically possible).

If both source and recorder are PAL, was the camcorder purchased in the EU? If
so, it may have its recording (from line-level inputs) disabled…no matter
what the manual says.  

Why do you believe the original tape is not "Copyguarded"?  Is it a tape you
shot yourself with a camcorder or recorded off-the-air? If it is a commercially
produced tape (movie, etc) of any age or type, then it is almost certainly
equipped with Copyguard or Macrovision protection.  Either one will prevent
recording under most circumstances (by garbling the signal in a way that can
permit it to look OK in the recorder’s viewfinder, but still be unrecordable).

webpa

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Problem copying VCR VHS to Camcorder MiniDV

Problem copying VCR VHS to Camcorder MiniDV

I am trying to copy from VHS tape on a VCR to MiniDV on a JVC GRD73
digital camcorder.

The hardware is connected with an analogue camcorder cable with the RCA
plugs plugged into a SCART adaptor with the switch set to OUT.

I have followed the JVC instructions and set the S/AV INPUT  to ON.

A picture does appear on the camcorder but looks like a TV channel
slightly out of tune, no colour and distorted. When I tried to record
the camcorder says copying failed, the manual suggests the signal might
be copyguarded which should not be true in this case.
Can anyone suggest what the problem might be and how to solve it.

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