If you own an old camcorder and are looking into digitizing your DVC/MiniDV or VHS cassettes then you came to the right place. In this guide I’ll show you how I digitized my old MiniDV cassettes using open source software on Linux. This also works similarly on Windows and Mac OSX.
You will need
Camcorder or videocassette player
Capture device such as “EasyCap Capture”
Computer with USB 2.0 (or better)
Install drivers if necessary
On Windows and Mac OSX, follow the devices included instructions or install the included drivers.
Install OBS Studio
Add your capture device as a “video capture device” and “audio capture device” to the sources.
In the settings under the
Videosection set the base and output resolution to your device resolution. In my case I used
720x576for 576i. You might also want to change the
Outputsettings. I used the “Indistinguishable Quality” recording quality preset, mkv format and hardware (NVENC) encoder.
- Rewind the tape to the beginning.
- Start the recording and play the cassette.
- Wait until the tape ends and then stop the recording.
Edit and deinterlace the video
To edit the videos (eg. trim start/end or normalize audio) I use Kdenlive. It also allows you to deinterlace, but if that doesn’t work for you, do the following:
- Edit the clip properties and set “scanning” to “interlaced” and “field order” to “bottom first”.
- In the “Render” settings under “more options”, set “scanning” to “force progressive”.