Re: convert VHS to DVD

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>> In a TV studio, we'd call such a device a "proc amp" (video processing
>> amplifier).  Apart from allowing us to replace syncs, we can adjust
>> various video signal levels at the same time.

Claude Jones:
> Interesting difference in common-usage. Here on the East Coast of the U.S. a 
> proc-amp is always used to refer to functions of some TBC's to do more than 
> stabilize (time base) a video signal - these are  setup, video level, hue, 
> and chroma controls that allow you to process the signal as well as stabilize 
> it.

Essentially that's the same thing, a proc amp, by itself, allows one to
set video gain, set-up (pedestal), and phasing.  Adjusting the analogue
input to the time base corrector, so the inputed signal is normal.  Some
allow additional things (e.g. adjusting sync levels, generally by
replacing the old sync with house sync).  Since you're generally able to
adjust video level independently of sync levels, it's common enough for
the sync to be from an external source, rather than just using different
gains and set-ups for the supplied video and its sync.

> There are TBCs that only do the basic function - I have one. But that 
> function was to digitize an incoming video signal into a memory buffer, strip 
> out the sync, generate a new stable sync pulse, and then release the video 
> from the memory buffer in sync with that generated pulse.

That may be just a resynchroniser.  A real time base corrector also
corrects time base errors (mechanical timing errors from tape playback).
A resynchroniser just clocks out the output with house sync timing, and
won't correct for minor jitters.  They both have their uses, a
resynchroniser is all that you'd need to feed a stable non-synchronous
source (like a remote camera) into a video system, a time base
corrector's needed to play back video tape without errors, and a fancy
time base corrector has server interlinking with the VTR so it knows
about servo errors and special play modes.

> I have seen various video 'stabilizers' sold here in the U.S., usually 
> advertised in video magazines, and also sold on eBay, that were designed to 
> add stable sync to video "to improve picture viewing quality" - but, we all 
> knew what they were really for - eventually, you started seeing disclaimers 
> in the ads about not using them for illegal purposes. I have never used them 
> so I can't speak to whether they were any good. 

I built my own...  ;-)  The flickering TV set was driving me mental,
with luminance flashes and vertical hold jitters.  This was all with
directly connected equipment, the sets just don't like the illegal video
signals generated by Macrovision crap.  It gets even worse if you have a
projection set, as many of them don't blank out the vertical interval
signals, so you'll see flashing Macrovision bars, VITC, VITS and other
stuff flashing at the top of the frame.

Grr, sodding morons!  It doesn't do the slightest thing, at all, to
prevent piracy.  It just mucks things up for legit users.

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