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Question about a DVD Burner...what to buy?

by augrad95 / January 22, 2008 11:11 AM PST

I want to transfer my old 8mm tapes to DVDs. What is the best way to do that? Is there a standalone DVD burner out there somewhere that I can connect my old camcorder (Sony CCD-TR54) to and burn directly to a DVD? Or do I have to burn to a VHS tape and then transfer to a DVD? Any suggestions?

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Over in our Camcorder Forum
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2008 11:16 AM PST

This question has a few answers. It all has to do with your budget, time and what you need.

1. Get a DVD recorder. Plug the analog output from camcorder to dvd recorder and press record on one, play on the other and come back later.
2. Get an analog capture card for your PC. About 50 bucks, capture, edit and burn on the PC. Figure about 4 hours for each hour of tape...
3. Get a spiffy new camcorder with analog pass thru and capture via firewire then repeat step 2.


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DVD Burner Question
by augrad95 / January 23, 2008 9:14 AM PST

Thanks for the response. I had questioned Sony customer service whether one of their Sony DVD/VCR combo burners would burn a DVD straight from my 8mm camcorder and their response was to use my computer to do it instead. But, I may get it and try it anyway.

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Not a combo for you
by HTHMAN / January 24, 2008 5:27 AM PST
In reply to: DVD Burner Question

The combos are for VHS to DVD, not 8mm tapes. Just get and stand alone DVD recorder and use it just like you woud a VCR to copy your tapes to DVD. This type of transfer is 1 hour to 1 hour and a lot quicker than using a computer. Depending on the model, features and type of DVD media you use, you may ne able to edit your DVDs after you burn them and add chapters.

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Response to Not a combo for you
by augrad95 / January 25, 2008 12:29 AM PST
In reply to: Not a combo for you

Thanks for the info. It was very helpful. I'll probably go out and buy a standalone DVD recorder this weekend and try it out!

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