Getting old 8mm tapes to computer

Started 10 months ago | Questions
Simon97
Senior MemberPosts: 2,344Gear list
Like?
Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
10 months ago

I have a bunch of 8mm tapes and a camcorder with video out. I'm looking for a good way to convert them over to the computer. I see various USB doodads that have connectors to do this but am weary of the quality. Of course, I don't want to spend a lot to convert them either.

Thanks for any advice.

 Simon97's gear list:Simon97's gear list
Canon PowerShot A800 Nikon 1 J1
ANSWER:
This question has not been answered yet.
Ahender
Senior MemberPosts: 1,554
Like?
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
In reply to Simon97, 10 months ago

Simon97 wrote:

I have a bunch of 8mm tapes and a camcorder with video out. I'm looking for a good way to convert them over to the computer. I see various USB doodads that have connectors to do this but am weary of the quality. Of course, I don't want to spend a lot to convert them either.

Thanks for any advice.

Video8, Hi8 and Digital8?

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Simon97
Senior MemberPosts: 2,344Gear list
Like?
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
In reply to Ahender, 10 months ago

Standard 8mm video cassettes (not HI 8 or digital).

 Simon97's gear list:Simon97's gear list
Canon PowerShot A800 Nikon 1 J1
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Ahender
Senior MemberPosts: 1,554
Like?
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
In reply to Simon97, 10 months ago

The only video conversion I have worked with is Hi8 and VHS.

With Hi8, I needed a camcorder that had a "pass through" feature.  I also needed a firewire connection between the camera and the computer.

Add capture software and it worked well for me.

The pass through feature allows you to connect the original camera, in my case a Hi8 camera, to another camera with pass through and a firewire connection.  I believe my pass through camera is a miniDV camera.  Have not done this in a while.

For VHS capture, I just connected my VHS player to the pass through camera and sent the signal out via firewire.

I'm been asked by a friend to convert a VHS tape to DVD so I will have to drag everything out again and convert.  A couple of my conversions from VHS did not work.

Alan

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Eric Stemen
Junior MemberPosts: 35
Like?
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
In reply to Ahender, 10 months ago
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Denis247
Senior MemberPosts: 1,200Gear list
Like?
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
In reply to Eric Stemen, 10 months ago

Eric Stemen wrote:

I have no experience with this but maybe it would work.

http://www.amazon.com/EasyCAP-DC60-Creator-Capture-High-quality/dp/B002H3BSCM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1379021589&sr=8-5&keywords=dazzle

As long as it works with your operating system, these are cheap and well worth a try. I've seen some very good results form these.

It's all you need.

-- hide signature --

Don't forget to smell the roses.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Ahender
Senior MemberPosts: 1,554
Like?
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
In reply to Denis247, 10 months ago

Denis247 wrote:

Eric Stemen wrote:

I have no experience with this but maybe it would work.

http://www.amazon.com/EasyCAP-DC60-Creator-Capture-High-quality/dp/B002H3BSCM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1379021589&sr=8-5&keywords=dazzle

As long as it works with your operating system, these are cheap and well worth a try. I've seen some very good results form these.

It's all you need.

-- hide signature --

Don't forget to smell the roses.

Would not hurt to do some extra research.

https://www.google.com/search?q=EasyCAP+DC60+review&rlz=1C1SAVU_enUS548US548&oq=EasyCAP+DC60+review&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j69i60j0l2.2123j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

From what I have read, the + model is the one to get.

I may try one myself.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Denis247
Senior MemberPosts: 1,200Gear list
Like?
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
In reply to Ahender, 10 months ago

For $9 I would get it and do my own testing on my own pc.

-- hide signature --

Don't forget to smell the roses.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads