January 5, 2017 at 8:20AM
Creative Ways to Upres VHS Tapes
I'm working on a documentary in which the most important footage I have is on a VHS. The footage was originally shot on film in the 30s and at some point made its way to a VHS. I'm not sure how many other formats it went through first, and the original film is lost. I want to upres this footage to 1080p, but I don't want to do it digitally because I don't want it to have artifacts. I'm okay with the footage being blurry from the upres, just not pixelated. I know that if the information isn't there, it isn't there, but is there some creative workaround where I can get a usable HD image from this VHS? Some ideas were to play the VHS on an old SD TV and film the screen with an HD or 4k camera. Similarly, could I convert the VHS to a digital SD file, play it back on my computer and use a screen capturing device with a higher resolution? What would happen if I printed an SD digital file to film, and then had the film converted to HD video?