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OK, just to be on the same page here: That DSR-11 switch we “talked” about earlier is ONLY for adjusting the unit for INPUT mode: DV (Firewire); S-Video; Video (VHS or RCA out from source to RCA INTO DSR-11.
SO, if your VHS tape IS NOT a older, copy-protected commercial source, and you’re playing from a VHS tapedeck, INTO your DSR, you’d need to set that input switch to VIDEO and use the RCA IN on the rear of the unit.
Assuming you’re trying to digitize a VHS tape as originally noted, unless you have a VHS playback source that allows for Firewire connection (an older JVC, Philips or some other model unit with Firewire connection) you’re not going to be successful.
If that videotape you’re trying to capture is an S-Video (incompatible with a standard VHS videodeck) then you’re ONLY going to have success using an S-Video compatible unit and using the S-Video I/O cable (round cable, not RCA pin plugs) and the appropriate S-Video IN connector at the back of the DSR.
IF you’re attempting to capture from a Mini-DV tape (and I know you know this, but I’m trying to cover all bases here) then it could/should play directly from the DSR unit, and provided you have the correct DSR OUT connected in back, going to the correct computer IN (Firewire usually, or sometimes S-Video, and sometimes RCA … depending on your computer AV input/output configuration.
I HAVE successfully accessed Mini-DV (internally and from my Canon camcorders) going from my DSR, or the Canon, via Firewire, into my Mac Pro desktop. I’ve occasionally, for some weird, unfathomable reason, had Mini-DV tapes I’ve shot myself NOT be allowed to be copied by the DSR or using it as a passthrough, and had to use the Canon as a passthrough in order to get THAT rare MiniDV tape to cooperate.
I HAVE successfully used an external playback deck in both VHS and S-Video both INTO the DSR and also using the DSR as a bypass. AND I’ve used the same situation using ONLY VHS IN/OUT directly into the DSR to record a MiniDV copy, to record a DVD copy (not always, but most of the time) or utilizing the DSR as a passthrough into the computer.
I have flubbed up and made the wrong connections IN or OUT and/or TO or FROM source to DSR, DSR to computer, or the other way around. It HAS given me fits at time, but upon double-checking I’ve found I only THOUGHT I had everything connected properly … sometimes the monitor was showing me AV, but it wasn’t getting recorded, or I wasn’t getting AV feedback from the computer/monitor … sometimes it WAS recording but I had the NTSC monitor hooked up bassackwards.
I’ve not yet confirmed from YOU that you ARE or NOT attempting to copy from an older commercial, copy-protected VHS or S-Video tape. That not being the case, then somewhere along the way you have something set incorrectly, I THINK.
It would seem you’re getting closer, saying now that you CAN capture using Premiere (but I’m mixed up with the rest of that first sentence … “but using the DSR I’m getting a distorted picture even on playback.
Then you say bypassing the DSR, using a tape player (VHS?) (S-Video?) (Mini-DV?) or all the above, or all three? through your MiniDV camcorder to your computer, bypassing the DSR, distortion goes away. Again, I assumed initially that you were talking about a VHS source tape. Now, it sounds as if you’re talking about all kinds of tape sources??? and I’m a little confused.
Unless your ANALOG RCA Pin Plug I/O connectors on the DSR are loose and rattling, or obviously broken or something, they shouldn’t REALLY go “BAD” on you. I suppose that could happen if you did an excessive amount of plugging in/pulling out, connecting/disconnecting over a long period of time … and weren’t GENTLE about doing so.
I suppose, also, that there could have been a problem with the connections on the DSR in the first place and if you’ve NEVER tried them, that manufacturing flaw could only now be showing up. But probably not.
In my experience, when all else has failed or caused me headaches, my DSR has saved the day, and my bacon, many, many times. I acquired it new years ago because I was having some serious issues with my Canon’s, recording a lot of MiniDV tape with dropout issues due to clogged/dirty heads, etc. It actually played some tapes that originally would not playback clean from the Canon in which it was originally recorded. Go figure.
There are scads of “tools” out there, some better, some cheaper, some more expensive, but I honestly cannot say I’m aware of anything that can do BETTER overall against the DSR so far as MiniDV or DVCAM tape access for playback or record.
Sorry so late in responding, just wrapped up the project I need to deliver first thing in the morning … well, a few hours from now Pacific Time 😉 Hope I’ve been some help in some way.