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How can I play Digital 8 tapes with no camcorder?

by 1lollipop / September 4, 2009 7:20 PM PDT

I no longer have my camcorder to play my digital 8 tapes. Is there some sort of adaptor or device I can buy to play them?

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Re: camcorder
by Kees Bakker / September 4, 2009 7:35 PM PDT

Well, I don't think that you can play a tape in your CD-drive. The device you need is called a camcorder.

My suggestion:
- research the (software) options to convert movies from Digital 8 to, say, DVD
- rent a camcorder
- do it
You'll have your movies on DVD forever (well, as long as a burned DVD lives, say 5 years minimum).

The good alternative: have it done. A nephew of mine currently has old video-8 movies from Grandpa being converted to DVD by a specialised company.


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That's a great idea
by 1lollipop / September 4, 2009 7:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: camcorder

Thanks so much for the advice. Will do some research.

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Try your local neighborhood post-house
by Scott Markowitz / September 10, 2009 3:59 AM PDT

You can call around to local companies that do video production.
Many of them would be able to convert your hi-8 tapes to a digital format.

If you look under "Video" in your phone book, you would find somebody that can help you, or could direct you to another service company that can help you.

Scott Markowitz

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