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8 mm troubles

I have about 15 old 8 mm tapes that were recorded from 1998 till 2009 and so I bought a sharp hi 8 camcorder from ebay to watch and transfer, but none of them will play. They all have static. Put in a new tape and recorded and the play back was fine just a little static so its not the camera. My question is if most of my tapes were recorded on a Sony will they play back on a Sharp hi 8 machine?

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I agree

with "R. Proffitt"... The other thing we don't know is how the original tapes were recorded. Many of the tape-based camcorders had 2 record (and playback) speeds. "Normal", SP, was more forgiving across the manufacturers for playback.

Lots of people used LP which moved the tape at a slower speed allowing for longer record (and playback) time. This LP mode recorded on one manufacturer's camcorder rarely worked in another manufacturer's camcorder for playback - and sometimes was problematic when using different camcorders from the same manufacturer.

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about AVCHD to MP4

Hey, sorry to bother you here. I saw your post in some other discussion which I found extremely helpful to my problem, but that discussion is locked, therefore I have to leave a msg to you here. in that discussion, you wrote:
"then reopen that AVCHD file. All the video clips in the window again. This time, single click on a video clip to select it. At the command line under "File", I think, you can export that single clip to a stand-alone, QuickTime (MOV) file.
Double click that MOV file for playback. This is a "viewable file", no longer AVCHD compressed. In theory, can be played back on a Windows computer with a current version of QuickTime or other current media player that can deal with uncompressed HD video in a MOV file.
The AVCHD comprised file copied from the camcorder to the Mac is the original file and handy for back-up. The uncompressed standalone MOV file is suitable for use in any video editor capable of dealing with h.264 format MOV video files (whether Mac or Windows.)"

I'm new to this, I'm using legria hf g25 for a one-year-long documentary project. I realized that AVCHD folder will create a big problem for me to archive my footage (I can't name every clip with time/venue/date) in order to keep track on everything. I used your method, it works. My question is that if such a MOV conversion decrease the quality of the video? (I chose the highest possible 1080 in the menu). I use Mac/OS Sierra. Probably will edit in adobe premier later.

Any other tips you could give? I googled, there are some paid software such as wondershare to convert files. Since I know nothing about this conversion, so I haven't bought any of them yet.

Thanks a lot!

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When you need to be off topic.

You make a new post. But my answer has to be short since it's off topic.

I don't use Wondershare. All the conversions I've needed are done with (free) VLC Player and Handbrake. There are plenty of tutorials how to use these titles.

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Post was last edited on February 18, 2019 11:03 AM PST

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Rarely works.

I've found I want to use the same model for playback as I recorded on. At least try to stick to the same maker but that's hit and miss too.

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