Monday, December 17, 2007

Restoring the past the way you remember it

DScaler 4 - Studio quality video capture for free.

Have you ever captured and converted those home movies to your PC or onto a DVD. If you haven't, you need to as soon as possible. The VHS movies will degrade over time. Maybe you own a VHS version of your favorite movie and want to preserve it for the best quality playback as possible.

DScaler is a piece of software that grabs analog, interlaced video, and deinterlaces it to make it a progressive scan feed then allows scaling to any resolution for use on your computer monitor or projector.

Analog, interlaced video is what devices like VCRs, laserdisc, and game consoles output.

DScaler 4 captures video, processes it, and scales it for presentation on a projector or computer monitor. DScaler implements highly sophisticated algorithms that work in real-time to provide PC owners with image quality matched only by very expensive equipment.

In order to get the most out of DScaler 4 you will need a supported capture card.

DScaler performs a variety of functions:

  • Grabbing video from a DVD player, game console, laserdisc, or VCR in a reliable fashion, in either analog or digital form;
  • Deinterlacing video source, such as sports and news produced with a video camera, as well as console games;
  • Detecting and removing 2:2 pulldown (PAL) and 3:2 pulldown (NTSC) for movies and filmed television programs;
  • Reducing video noise on analog sources;
  • Automatically calibrating video capture cards for optimal brightness, contrast and color;
  • Manipulating video through gamma, sharpness and other filters;
  • Viewing still images;
  • Reducing judder and other video timing anomalies; and
  • Presenting all of the above in the desired resolution and aspect ratio.

Video capture conversion guide

If you would like me to write my own guide or have a specific project you want to tackle send me an email about what you want to accomplish. There are many ways to approach a problem and with such a variety of tools it can be confusing to figure out what method works best for you.

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