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Capturing analog video from 8MM tape and saving it on PC

I am sending a signal from my Sharp Viewcam to a VCR, to a Canon ZR85, then to my PC to be saved on the hard disk or directly on a DVD, via a firewire.

1. Do I have to put a DV tape into the Canon ZR85 to capture and pass the signal through to my PC?
2. What software should I use? I have Windows Moviemaker, Arcsoft Showbiz DVD2, and Cyberlink Power Producer2 Gold.

Thank you.

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  • gregmtl Dec 04, 2008

    Yes I have choices. I can't simply pass the signal through to disk. I have to save first on DV tape, then in a second step, transfer to disk with firewire. Presently, I can't get the sound to transfer from DV tape to disk.

  • gregmtl Dec 07, 2008

    Thank for all the help so far Bubbabear64. I've got it working.



    Is there a way to pass the signal directly through to my PCs hard disk or a DVD without having to record first on miniDV in one session and then playing from the miniDV recording and recording on my DVD?

    Can I record on a high capacity SD card rather than the miniDv tape to save time, if pass-through in impossible?

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Try Cyberlink Power Producer and set it do capture via DV cable.

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Dec 02, 2008

    Plug the camcorder into your computer using a firewire or DV cable. Turn the camcorder on.



    Does it give you a choice to load video production software?



  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Dec 04, 2008

    If you use firewire cable you should have sound passing through the cable unless something is going on with the software you are using.



    Does your software have a preview program?



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