I'm a complete novice who just wants to clean up as much as possible some very old 8mm tapes. JohnMeyer started a string back in 2003 and got a lot of good comments. Is there anything more current on the subject (i.e. software, hardware, plug-in’s, filters, methods, etc.)?
The absolute best audio cleanup (if that is part of your requirements) I find is a very experienced SpectraLayers users with that software. It takes some advanced tinkering to get better results than other noise reduction plugins - but with advanced tinkering in place: nothing I've seen comes close.
Rest assured that I have no unrealistic expectations about this project. I will be satisfied that a reasonable amount of work will turn barely recognizable figures into recognizable figures; not an Oscar-winning production. If there's anything the Vegas group can do to help me along that path with the latest, greatest, cheapest and easiest approach, I will be extremely grateful.
As I said before, I shot these using 30 year old 8mm handycam technology, in very poor lighting conditions, resulting in very little color, dark and grainy. Given that as a typical baseline, what would you and your community do if they were your tapes? Just the basics of hardware, software and methodology. Thanks.
I'll second Neat Video although I bought the Virtualdub version as I tend to process files on vdub before exporting out to Vegas (using cineform as an intermediary codec).
Read up on qtgmc (used w avisynth) if you plan to make a progressive video. It's the best deinterlacer. I'd recommend Izotope RX over spectral layers personally since it's easier/more straightforward but this is a magix/Sony board.
Also make sure you accurately set pixel aspect ratio for your captured files (probably 720*480).