I came across this extremely helpful tutorial for digitizing my analog video library:
He walks you through the process of using an open source app (which ironically isn’t available for Linux) and it has a ton of helpful features such as resolving timing issues, dropped frames, error correction, deinterlacing, etc.
I’m wondering if there is a Linux alternative that I can use?
Trying to polish a bad input is only going to do so much, cause you can’t recover dropped frames if a signal decides to de-sync on a bad analog to digital conversion using a low end capture with no TBC.
Your best bet is to clean up the signal using dedicated hardware. Interpolating a missing frame isn’t the best way to do stuff once it’s already digitized and you’ve thrown away the source tape.
I’ve digitized tapes using those cheap EasyCap things from China (see video thumbnail) and OBS. My capture device kept overheating—I had to take off the plastic case and point a desk fan at it, otherwise it would freeze after ~15 mins of recording.
Quality wasn’t great, but not bad either; I can’t say if the bottleneck was the capture device, the VCR, or both. Do you need an archival-quality copy or just a close-enough copy?