Getting old 8mm tapes to computer

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Simon97
Simon97 Senior Member • Posts: 2,427
Getting old 8mm tapes to computer

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.

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Ahender Senior Member • Posts: 1,554
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer

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?

Simon97
Simon97 OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,427
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer

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

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Ahender Senior Member • Posts: 1,554
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
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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

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Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer
Denis247 Senior Member • Posts: 1,493
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer

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.

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Ahender Senior Member • Posts: 1,554
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer

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.

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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.

Denis247 Senior Member • Posts: 1,493
Re: Getting old 8mm tapes to computer

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

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