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HI8 conversion to digital (dvd)

by crupi8 / July 19, 2004 10:27 AM PDT

I currently own a Sony ccd-trv81 Hi-8 camcorder. I have about 12 (2hr) tapes that need conversion to dvd. I can't decide on whether to 1) invest in Canopus device and convert on my computer 2)pay someone to convert and buy a new camcorder or 3) buy a new camcorder that would allow me to convert analog hi8 tapes to digital format and burn to dvd's.
What camcorder in today's market would enable the third option ?

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Re: HI8 conversion to digital (dvd)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2004 10:53 AM PDT

For Hi8, you are very much "stuck" with a Hi8 player. At some 15 bucks per 2 hour tape, then you have a balancing act to figure out.

For me, the 50 buck Hauppaugge or ATI will capture the video, the audio is via the sound card. All the DVD recorders I have for the PC come with DVD creation software and run from a low of 79 to 119 dollars.

I've done a few now and for me, it was painless.

Best of luck,


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Hi8-digital Conversion
by pavinnu / June 22, 2005 9:51 AM PDT

Hi Bob:

I saw your reply could not completely understand what I need to do.I am not very good with the jargon so, could you maybe explain in detail.

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Old post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2005 10:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi8-digital Conversion

The prices are now even lower. But in a nutshell you use a PCI TV/Capture card to digitize the video. I will not detail any deeper since such instructions come with such cards.

The next step is to create a DVD. DVD recorders are now cheaper, but get one with DVD creation software. Again, no more detail is required since it comes with the package.


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Re: HI8 conversion to digital (dvd)
by drhiberd / July 25, 2004 3:05 AM PDT

Check out, you can get a Digital 8 camcorder that plays back old 8mm tapes. I think the model # is TRV460.

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Conversion of Hi8 Tapes
by rcjglobal / May 7, 2005 11:32 PM PDT

How can I convert Hi* tapes to a digital format?

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You ask...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 8, 2005 12:00 AM PDT

"How can I convert Hi* tapes to a digital format?"

No one can tell. You didn't reveal what you have to work with.


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Hi * conversion
by rcjglobal / May 8, 2005 1:31 AM PDT
In reply to: You ask...

I have several Hi-8 tapes and no camcorder. How do I convert theem to digital images on my com,puter?

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You'll need a hi-8 player.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 8, 2005 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi * conversion

And then some analog video capture card. Write back when you solve the hi-8 tape play issue.


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