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convert 8mm video to digital

by okii / October 17, 2006 1:41 AM PDT


I'm trying to convert my 8mm videos to digital so I can edit and store on DVD's. Unfortunately both of my 8mm video cameras no longer work. In playback, there is no audio signal and the video is poor. Are there any consumer level playback devices available to play these 8mm tapes so that I can import them into my PC? If so, what brand/price should I be looking for? I'd prefer to not have to buy another 8mm video camera just to play these tapes. Thanks.

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Copy of a prior answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 17, 2006 1:46 AM PDT

Thanks for using Google Answers.
What you are looking for is converting your analog video to digital
video format. There are many ways to achieve this. The most popular
format for playing digital video is either mpeg or VCD format which is
DAT format. Almost all of the CD players would be able to run these
formats provided appropriate softwares like Windows Media player is
available to run this.

Here is a site which converts 8mm tape to digital format and they have
given the pricing also for this.

This site gives info about converting your tape to VCD and DVD. They
have given the pricing also.

What features are available on VCDs made from my home video?

How can I choose a company to transfer my video to VCD?

Check this page to find out more.

These sites will help too.

Check this one too:

Serach terms used:
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I hope this will help you in converting your tape to digital format
for long lasting memories Happy



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convert 8mm video to digital
by okii / October 17, 2006 1:59 AM PDT

Thanks for responding. However, it appears that most of those sites refer to video conversion services that charge a fee to transfer film to VCD or DVD format. Since I have a lot of unedited 8mm tapes, I would like to do this myself. The one site that mentions how to do this, also indicates that you need an 8mm video camera. As I indicated in my first message, my two cameras no longer will play back the tapes. I'm trying to find a device, other than a video camera, that can play these 8mm tapes so that I can import to my PC for editing, etc.

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You know it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 17, 2006 2:14 AM PDT

I think you know the answer. A camcorder or player is required for you to do this yourself. I'll just avoid stating the obvious hardware required.

There is/was a device that was not a camcorder that played 8mm tapes but was in the 1 to 2 thousand buck range. Are you really that adament about not using a camcorder?


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8mm to video conversion
by okii / October 17, 2006 4:07 AM PDT
In reply to: You know it.

I'm not adamant about not using a camcorder, I was just wondering if there was a non-camcorder device available that would play these 8mm tapes. I would prefer to not have to buy an 8mm camcorder just to play these tapes one last time. It sounds like most individuals use professional services to convert 8mm to digital, right?

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Yes, there are such devices. But just answer this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 17, 2006 4:14 AM PDT

Why would you pay that much for such a device?

As to other persons and what they do I can't tell you but the cheap exit is the 8mm camcorder.


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Backup DAT drive to save analog video files.
by tbdickson / December 8, 2006 8:26 AM PST

Good question, I'm investigating too whether there is a 8mm DAT drive ( say a EXB 8900 ) that will allow computer access to video files created with a camcorder. IE: Can I install the EXB8900 in my computer, load a Hi8 video tape recorded using a Sony TRV93 camcorder and access these files through my computer. If not, do i just need to find the software that reads the analog files from the tape or is the conversion process altogether different?

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I also have been searchinhing for this same answer too
by cacklebell / September 22, 2012 5:21 PM PDT

I heard there was some adapter that goes inside a regular VHS tape.... not true!
Finding a player can also be very hard! To repair a sony camcorder can cost more than the video camera, that are no longer made. Most of those links posted below, just give me a 404 error.
I know they have stores called U edit but I think that can be pricey.

Whatever is on my videos, have been in limbo for the last 35 years. I also have the sony camcoreder that does not work anymore. A friend on Facebook offered to convert one for me, but I have five dozen or so tapes. Some are of me skinny dipping, so I am careful about what I will finally do. Check out a few Pawn shops in your area for a camera that still plays. So far, there is no player currently made any longer. I will keep my eyes open and hope you'll do the same. I did see used super 8mm camcorders on ebay, but how do we know they work? ...and for how long>

Good luck okii

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