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Camcorder with firewire that supports Video8??

by poddster / March 29, 2008 9:02 AM PDT


I'm looking for a second-hand camcorder (probably a Sony) that supports backward compatibility with Video 8 tapes, and also has a firewire/iLink port to connect to my computer.

The background story is that I have a bunch of old Video 8 tapes that I'd like to digitize. Unfortunately my old Sony camcorder is dead, and I need to find a replacement to hook up to my computer. From what I've read, I'll get the best result if I can find a camcorder with the above support.

Any ideas? Camcorder model numbers for me to further investigate would be ideal. Thanks!

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Sony camcorder info
by sheilakmcd / March 29, 2008 10:17 PM PDT

Here is a link to a post on that has a zip file you can download with model comparisons. I used it a few years ago when I was in your same situation. I bought a used Sony TRV-320 on ebay and it worked great for digitizing my old tapes from my dead Hitachi.

Be aware that if you recorded your tapes in LP mode, the chances are that no other camera is going to be able to replay your tapes.

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The link
by sheilakmcd / March 29, 2008 10:20 PM PDT
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"Standard 8" = Video 8?
by poddster / March 30, 2008 3:41 AM PDT
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This is great, thanks very much! I assume that the under the media formats catehory, where it says "standard 8", that means Video 8?

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(NT) To the best of my knowledge, yes
by sheilakmcd / March 30, 2008 5:57 AM PDT
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