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David P Kintsfather Jr <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 8 Oct 1997 15:00:12 -0400
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I use the "Snappy" video capture device and working with SVHS tapes I
have gotten amazing clarity.  The Snappy defaults to a 300 dpi capture at
a variety of different image sizes that correspond to different monitor
Images can be edited in Photoshop or similar software, and the unsharp
mask filter can go a long way toward compensating for the lack of
resolution in video.  I print images on an Epson Stylus Photo at 720 dpi,
and have found that a 240 dpi file prints best, so I can increase the
image size a little over the Snappy default.  I get images that come
close to a photographic print from a 35mm negative, all from a $200 toy!!
Pretty neat!  A 900K file yields a wallet sized print, and 5 megs (NOT
gigabytes) is sufficient for an 8x10 image (I may be exagerating
slightly, but a 5 meg image is very large).
With plain VHS the image is a lot softer and looks a little posterized
when you crank in sharpening, but it still is usable if you need a still
image and the only source is VHS.
As a postscript, I have no financial interest in Snappy, and I'm sure
some of the other video capture boards will work as well.  I've just been
amazed at how well this one has done.
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