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Get video off Sony Handycam DCR-TRV118 Hi8 to PC or Mac

We recently bought this handycam at a great price, but are not able to figure out how to load the video to either our PC or MacBook Pro. Our other camcorder uses a firewire cable to load to the Mac, it records on a MiniDV tape. This camcorder uses the Hi8 tapes, so we didn't know how to get the video to one of our computers, with only the AV cables included that allows us to see the shot video on TV.

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  • kpianta Nov 01, 2008

    Thanks for the prompt info! I think our son has a video capture card we can get. We have a web cam by Creative Labs, I will check their site. When you talked about the NTSC signal, that is something I have seen on my MacBook Pro, somewhere, it might have just been a setting, but I have seen it. I will do some more searching as well. In the meantime, thank you for your suggestions!

  • kpianta Nov 01, 2008

    One more question: Does the fact that I can import video from my Sony that uses a MiniDV tape via a firewire cable to my MacBook Pro, mean that it has a video capture card already?

  • kpianta Nov 06, 2008

    Thanks! However, I thinkl that since my Sony Hi8 camcorder is analog and not digital, the firewire option is out. I will have to search for an affordable converter to get the analog signal into my computer via a USB, I think!

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    i have a sony handycam and i cant figure out how to get videos off of it and put them on my pc computer



    can someone help?

  • Any Guy
    Any Guy May 11, 2010

    If the only connections you have to use on the camera are audio and video outputs, you will require a "video capture" card for your computer, which is a card that takes the audio and video information and converts it to something the computer can use. I'll see if I can scare up a computer expert to tell you more.

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You can use a Digital8 Camcorder to directly play 8mm and Hi8 analog tapes and output them to your computer via firewire Capturing 8mm/Hi8 with a Digital8 Camcorder

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  • jason Nov 06, 2008

    with the right software you can change the input type on the recording options

  • jason Nov 06, 2008

    well it looks like the software movie star that will do it don't do it but a few min and there is no support for it , so you will need a video card or another camera that will play the analog 8 of the tapes you have and plug in via firewire or usb

  • jason Nov 06, 2008

    you cannot not use usb , just a video card , or get another camera that plays out digital but can play your analog tapes , TFT? I'm telling you what you can do and you give me a TFT

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Hi There,

MisterSony is quite correct about the Capture card.

While most computers have the built-in ability to capture sound via the 'Line In' port, digitally recording the Video signal is a totally different aspect.

Certain TV Tuner cards also have Video Capture abilities (in addition to the tuner they have a VCR input). They often work in tandem with your Video Display card via the 'Feature' connector.

Both types allow the incoming signal to be displayed and recorded digitally at your choice of speeds, resolutions and formats.
My preferences in the past have been the VideoBlaster line by Creative Labs. There are many others.

I'll do a little research as to what's currently out there and post my findings directly.

Mike


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  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Nov 01, 2008

    I've also used the WinTV series by Hauppauge as well as the PCTV series by Pinnacle. They're both combo Tuner/Capture cards, both easy to install and operate.

    Click here for a good starting point on the different types of Capture cards available.

    Your basic rock bottom need is the ability to capture an NTSC signal. The tuner aspect is optional.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks for using FixYa,

    Mike

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Nov 02, 2008

    The two most common Video signals are NTSC and PAL. Click here for info.

    My background in Video Capture (still and full motion) has been in law enforcement, arson investigation and surveillance. Unfortunately, my experience in all of these has been on PC's.

    As such, I currently don't know the correct answer to your question about the Macbook FireWire video download. My apologies, but it's just outside my area of expertise. I will try to find out and post back to you.

    BTW, Thank You for the rating!!
    Mike


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