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hardware for capturing Laserdisk video
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I am looking at doing Laserdisk captures from Composite video.

I hoped someone may have some advice on what to use. I think DVD recorders and DVD format in feneral produce way too much artifacting. I would also prefer a format better for editing where necessary

Has anyone tested extensively With a DV Firewire capture device?

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Mark
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If you want to work with the footage afterwards, stay away from DVD recorders, DV capture cards. You need something that allows lossless capture. If you've a desktop PC/MAC, meaning one that can use PCI cards, get yourself a BlackMagic Intensity Pro. They should be reasonably price on eBay as used items.
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Few useful threads:

https://forum.fanres.com/thread-2054.html
https://forum.fanres.com/thread-83.html
https://forum.fanres.com/thread-2720.html
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(2019-12-29, 03:38 PM)bendermac Wrote: If you want to work with the footage afterwards, stay away from DVD recorders, DV capture cards. You need something that allows lossless capture. If you've a desktop PC/MAC, meaning one that can use PCI cards, get yourself a BlackMagic Intensity Pro. They should be reasonably price on eBay as used items.
"lossless" is not the issue. 

I am very familiar with DV video vs uncompressed. The space tradeoff and the ability to still edit on any frame are necessary. In any case far better that MPEG DVD artifacting and issues.

Besides I have a limited budget for hard disks and DV stretches that 5x over uncompressed.
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DV is 4:1:1 25Mbps while lossless capture is 4:2:2 around 60/70Mbps (using HuffYUV), so it's less than 3x bigger than DV and retain more chroma info and lossless picture.
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If you are capturing NTSC laserdiscs and quality matters to you then stay away from DV:

Here is a frame from an NTSC laserdisc captured as DV 4:1:1:

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And here is the same frame captured @ 4:2:2, lossless:

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If you are capturing PAL I believe DV isn't so bad, but a lossless capture is always better. I capture lossless using MagicYUV or Lagarith, and most captures are about 40 GB. Really long movies like Bridge on the River Kwai might be 60 GB. But you edit the sides together, render it out as an h264 MKV, make sure it all looks good and then delete the lossless capture and capture your next disc. Even with just a 1 TB drive, you can capture a lot of discs this way.
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