VHS video top sways...

Old 03-20-09, 01:18 PM
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VHS video top sways...

is it a tape problem or a VCR problem? I have a 30 year old concert tape that when I converted to AVI I noticed the top sways to the right. Other then that, the quality is great. Can this problem be fixed without cropping the AVI's top? Is it the machine or tape?

Thank you in advance....
Old 03-20-09, 04:57 PM
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It's a tape tracking error. The tape is not aligned to the head in the VCR. It's probably because it was recorded on a different VCR than the one you played it on to capture. If you can find a VCR with a manual "tracking" control (usually a knob or turn wheel) you can adjust it. Unfortunately most VCRs made in this century are auto-tracking.

If there's enough "headroom" in the picture to crop it without losing editorial content, that may be your only choice.
Old 03-20-09, 05:09 PM
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Some VCR's had buttons for tracking..basically just electronic manual...but look closely. Not like the real old ones with a little knob.

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