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Best "raw" video capture format tape to hard drive?

by brg51 / January 1, 2013 2:35 AM PST

Hi,
I have dozens and dozens of Hi-8 tapes that I have captured videos on with my Sony camcorders. Most are digital but the older ones are analog (my current Sony can play back either so that is not a problem).

I would like transfer (import) the videos on the tapes to files on my hard drive for now (ideally, 1 file per tape) for archival purposes. Then, later, I would like to create DVDs by extracting, editing and compiling just certain parts of the videos.

Therefore, I am wondering what is the best "raw" format I can use to "copy" the native data from an 8mm tape to a file on my hard drive. Since I will be editing them again later to get them into final form on a DVD, I would like a format that is as lossless as possible (I have plenty of disk space so size is not a problem). I'd also like a format that is not proprietary as I may use a combination of Cyberlink, Adobe, and perhaps other programs to do the editing later so I would like to use a format that any of those applications can "read".

Any recommendations would be most appreciated
thanks, bruce

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Thanks for asking this but I don't have a good answer
by E_Kelly / February 17, 2013 1:56 AM PST

I have the same issue. miles of sony Hi8. I purhcased Pinnacle Ultimate software to edit the movies and a fire wire to transfer from Sony Hi8 to PC. my problems...transfer works but evry 30 seconds or so there is a pause in transfer. THe other issue is the editing software does not open the old .VOB files imported from the Sony Hi8.
thanks for the post.

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got an answer for you now
by E_Kelly / February 18, 2013 12:19 AM PST

Some helpful posts to CNET offered a download of WinDV. Very simple program but it works well to capture Sony Hi8 video from the camcorder and save to computer as AVI codec via firewire. Quality comes out good.

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Nod to trying WinDV.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2013 12:23 AM PST

Other titles that work with that captured content? I'll list them but remember that turning them into "Video DVD" may degrade the result. If you want the best quality, put the captured content as files on DVD and play them with VLC PLAYER. Here's the list.

DVD FLICK
IMGBURN
VIRTUAL DUB (great at clipping off the sections you don't want.)
VLC PLAYER
HANDBRAKE

Bob

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