As I announced last month, my big project this summer is launching a Television Obscurities channel on YouTube. Progress has been slower than I anticipated but I recently uploaded three test videos. They’re unlisted, which means you won’t find them by searching YouTube. Here they are:
For comparison, here’s how the third commercial (Valenti Chevrolet) looks on Television Obscurities right now:
It may not be easy to tell, but the video on YouTube is higher quality. Especially if you watch it on a laptop or desktop full screen. Still, I’m not completely happy with the video quality but there’s not much I can do about it. I’m working with VHS tapes that are 30+ years old, recorded at SLP speed to fit more on each tape, and my digitization setup is far from ideal.
I’m not trying to clean up the video but I do clean up the audio to remove hiss as best I can. The raw digitized video is slightly sharper than what you see in the YouTube videos above. Part of that may be due to YouTube compressing the files after I upload them. It may also be due to the video editing software I’m using.
So, before I start uploading large numbers of videos, I’m going to take a little more time to play around with my video editing software. I want to have the best quality video before uploading to YouTube. Whatever happens after that is out of my hands.