David ButlerMay 3, 2020
David ButlerMay 3, 2020

Unfortunately, while the method on display here avoids the frame drops, it has one flaw. The VMIV tapes crammed the programming data, as well as a separate audio track on to the video stream, which the console is able to interpret. Under the HDMI upscaler method, there was a minor humming noise on the audio when the alternate track was being used.

David ButlerMay 3, 2020

Unfortunately, while the method on display here avoids the frame drops, it has one flaw. The VMIV tapes crammed the programming data, as well as a separate audio track on to the video stream, which the console is able to interpret. Under the HDMI upscaler method, there was a minor humming noise on the audio when the alternate track was being used. With this new method, it is a very loud buzzing. I don't know if this room has more interference (as the console uses RF in/out), or if the new VCR has a grounding problem, or if this is directly related to the video calibration damaging the hidden audio track. Still, I would consider this the superior method, if only for the lack of frame dropping.

David ButlerMay 3, 2020

Also, the HDMI upscaler method caused the top of the video frame to sort of fold down on itself.