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.
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Want to buy my VL-E650U Sharp Viewcam? Selling bag, camcorder, 3 tapes, manual, remote, and two batteries. Although the batteries don't hold juice very long any more, all the other items are in great shape without blemishes. Liz
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.
Make sure the Viewcam is connected (cable supplied) to an A/V input on your VCR. Set your VCR to the Line In or Auxiliary mode. Turn the Viewcam to Camera or VCR mode if playing back tape. Viewcam image should appear, if not call 1-BE-SHARP.