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Bladez636
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Re: Audio Remastering

Postby Bladez636 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:56 am

Is there any drawback from using the recent US DVDs?
Better that than using a recording from a VHS or VCD-made-from-a-VHS, I would think.
They're the same audio as the UK DVDs - and thus have the same glitches, as I mentioned. I only need access to the VHS audio to fix those problems.

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Re: Audio Remastering

Postby Crash » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:56 pm

Ah, I misunderstood. I didn't really watch the US DVDs because the quality was a big disappointment.
I haven't still got the VCDs and even if I had VHS, I'd need a capture card and VCR to pull the audio and I haven't got either.
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Re: Audio Remastering

Postby Bladez636 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:10 am

Ah, I misunderstood. I didn't really watch the US DVDs because the quality was a big disappointment.
I haven't still got the VCDs and even if I had VHS, I'd need a capture card and VCR to pull the audio and I haven't got either.
I guess I'll bite that bullet and track down the tapes on eBay (they pop up less frequently but still not expensive when they are) - all I really need to find are Volumes 3, 4 and 8 since the only episodes I need excerpts from are Episodes 7, 12, and 24.

I've needed to get VHS capture equipment for a while anyhow.

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Re: Audio Remastering

Postby Crash » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:50 pm

Awesome, I'd love to know how you get on.
I tried to find some VCDs that would eliminate the need for analogue capture but the suppliers seem to have dried up.

I got some VCDs of Star Fleet ages ago from a guy called Simon Coverdale. I'm surprised that I remember the name because I don't remember the names of people I work with half the time.
Anyway, I mustn't have held onto them after the DVDs were released in 2009.
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Re: Audio Remastering

Postby Bladez636 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:34 am

I ordered Vols. 3, 4 & 8 and they all arrived today. Vol. 4 was new in packaging so that one should come out well (incidentally it's the one I need to sample the least off of). Vols. 3 & 8 were used former rentals off Amazon but in good outward appearance (the worst that can be said is that Vol. 3's cover has sunfading on it) so hopefully that's a sign they'll still play decently with good audio quality - I can't judge audio quality right now, the VHS player I have I can't get to play sound with my current TV setup (not that I think I have it set up correctly anyhow). If they don't work out, meh, it won't be too hard or expensive to find another copy; it's a gamble unfortunately.

I bought a VHS capturing program from Wal-Mart the other day, hopefully the capture card that came with will do the job. Even if the program I bought doesn't, there are plenty of freeware I can try out.

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Re: Audio Remastering

Postby Crash » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:40 pm

I'm impressed that you found a VHS from 1982 or whatever unopened.

I would think that capture cards will be much-of-a-muchness where you can spend a huge amount for not much gain over a cheaper one.
I mean, all it has to do is to take the signal from the VCR and present it via the driver software to Windows.
It'll either do that accurately or it won't.
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Re: Audio Remastering

Postby Bladez636 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:23 pm

So I got my software to work and I captured what I needed. The video quality is shite, but that's fine because it still suited what I needed - and that's the audio. The one that came out the best is Vol 3's audio - with the hiss being less noticeable there than the others. Vol. 4 I was surprised that the audio was pretty hissy since I got it new, but it's still good quality. Vol. 8 was the worst, both in video and audio, but its audio is still serviceable apart from a strong hiss. If I recall correctly, the audio from the VHS rip I used back in 2012 was similarly hissy and I still managed to clean it up fairly well, even with my subpar audio editing skills back then. I should be able to clean them well. We'll just see, I'm optimistic.

EDIT: Here's a sample https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k90rHwfBB1o
I'm impressed that you found a VHS from 1982 or whatever unopened.
1988. From what I've gathered, I feel the tapes were made primarily for a rental market so I'm assuming that there are still quite a lot around.


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