to digital. I am unaware of any tests which compare various techniques. It seems any test would have to compare specific devices since some cameras, for example, probably produce better results than others.
I have about 24 hours of old 8mm analog video I want to get onto the PC so its "preserved for future generations." I've been using my Sony DCR-HC42's analog to digital conversion feature. I plug the old 8mm camcorder into the AV-in jack on the HC94, put it in conversion mode, and it outputs a digital file which I capture on the PC.
Picture quality seems okay. But I see kits with software and AV-to-USB conversion boxes that convert the signal on the PC (i.e. straight from the analog camcorder). Is there a general rule that this would produce better quality digital video than using the conversion feature of my camcorder? Since I have a lot of tapes to convert I want to find the best way and stick with it.
Thanks for any insights.