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I need to purchase the i.Link cable - where?

I want to be able to copy from my 8mm tape to the computer...I guess I need an i.Link cable, where can I find one?

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Have just purchased a Video 8 Handycam . When I play the tapes on the Handycam the picture is just a series of horizontal lines. I have tried to view the tapes through the TV and just through the Handycam.


Did you purchase the camera used? This is often a sign of dirty read heads. Run a head cleaning tape, and that should take care of it. You might also check the tapes you are using. In the days of 8mm, there was 8mm tape, and Hi8 tape, and the two didn't mix well.

Jun 01, 2011 | Video Cameras

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I have Panasonic NV-DS99 and need to copy the movies from the tapes 8mm to my computer , How can I do it ? and what devices or cables I need ? Thank you for your help


Easiest way is to get stand alone dvd burner. You could use the Dvdirect from Sony. You plug in the camera into the recorder hit play on the camera then record on the burner. That is the easiest way to transfer tape to dvd. Then your able to put it on your hard drives. Hope this helps.

May 29, 2011 | Panasonic NV-DS99EN Mini DV Digital...

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Hi im trying to transfer 8mm tapes to my computer?i have down loaded new software but when i hook up computer says it cant locate i,link cable?i have hooked up provided usb cable but it wont reconize it?


This type of camera usually downloads better with a Firewire (Sony call this i.Link) connection. Some mini-DV and D8 cameras only use the USB connection (if they have one) for stills and can ONLY download video by Firewire. This is because you have to play the tape into the computer, not just copy a file. The DCR-TRV265E definately has to use Firewire.

Most PCs have a USB port, but no Firewire port. Macs often have a Firewire port but may not have USB. As most Windows PCs do not come with this interface, you might need to fit an add-on Firewire interface card. This will come with a driver for the card.

Suitable Firewire (DV) cables can easily be found on Amazon or eBay. You will need the kind with a small (four pin) connector at one end and a larger (six pin) connector at the other. My camera came with the correct lead.

There is a Sony tutorial page for downloading video to computer at THIS LINK You will need to select Windows as the operating system, then Digital8 as the camera type, then select the type of connection. As you will see, the USB option warns that it won't work with many cameras, and you are strongly recommended to use i.Link (which everyone else calls Firewire).

Jan 04, 2011 | Sony Handycam DCR-TRV265E Digital...

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I have a working TRV81 Hi8 HandyCam and 15 Hi8 tapes I'd like to convert to digital and make ready for edit on IMovie (Mac). Would appreciate any advice....


The only way to do that is to play it in a device that plays Hi8 tapes and somehow converts it to a digital signal (likely through firewire as DV), then capture it to your computer just like a digital camcorder.

There are several ways:
1. Buy a device (like a camera) that plays it, output through RCA cables to your other camera or tape deck that is digital through the line in, and then just record that. (Alternatively, you could put that signal into a DVD-R machine and record onto a DVD, then just copy the files off the DVD, if you don't have a way to capture DV through firewire.)
2. Buy a device that plays Digital8 (same tapes, but miniDV FORMAT) and output directly from the tape through firewire. This means you must buy a SONY (only brand that made [now discontinued] Digital8) camcorder or deck [if decks were made, though those are usually expensive].

So, the simple answer: get a Digital8 camera and capture, or get another digital camcorder and a Hi8 camcorder and play through the digital one into the computer.

Buying a Sony Handycam (OLDER model) will be your easiest option, and probably possible on ebay, etc., for $100-$200.


Short of this, you could look to a friend or a professional solution for just getting the tape copied (like VHS->DVD services exist, there is probably some place you can mail your tape to).

EDIT: I should add: You included "8mm" in your title-- that is a bit confusing. 8mm refers to a few formats. One is film (obviously not what you're referring to), but then there is the older "8mm" tape format; it's like Hi8, but I believe it's actually not the same tape-- unlike Digital8 and Hi8which share a physical medium. I don't think you can get an 8mm -> Digital device, so you'd need to go through the RCA cables, as described above. [And though Hi8 is actually 8mm in width, it's not quite the same as the other "8mm" format... for whatever odd reason someone decided.... frown.gif]
However, I suspect you ARE actually working with Hi8, so this shouldn't be a problem.

Nov 24, 2010 | Sony Handycam CCD-TRV81 Camcorder

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Sony 8 MM HaNDYCAM PROBLEM


Yes It Is Possible.
1. Cable options you can use S-video or RCA.
2. VHS payer that has a recording option. Make sure that it supports the Sony Handycam 8mm.
3. The procedure on how to transfer the 8mm to VHS is the same as how you view your video on the TV.
4. S-video or RCA should be connected on the Handycam and the other end is on the TV.

5. You can follow the instruction on page 27 (Sony Handycam CCD-TRV37)
6. You can also follow page 52 (Sony Handycam CCD-TRV37 )

Go to this Link for the user manual and the full instraction on how to connect the cables.
http://www.derrybryson.com/manuals/Sony/Analog%20-%208mm%20&%20Hi8%20Camcorders/CCD-TRV57.pdf

Apr 03, 2010 | Sony Handycam CCD-TRV37 Camcorder

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Model VL-E65OU - how can I burn DVD from the 8MM cassette tape into my computer? Can I purchase a TV cable that will go from TV to computer? Would I need software in my computer to do this? OR can I go...


1. You need a firewire cable to connect camcorder to the computer.
2. Use the CD that came with the camcorder to install drivers.
3. The computer will detect it when you power ON the camcorder.
4. Use Windows Vista MovieMaker (free) to transfer and "edit" video and/or create a DVD disc

Sep 01, 2009 | Sharp VL-E650U 8mm Analog Camcorder

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8mm analogue camcorder tape playback at double speed


If you ran it through that many 8mm players, I'm going to say that the tape has something wrong with it.

You can see visually if there is anything wrong with the tape by releasing the cover by moving the tape and visually inspect the tape for anything that could be frayed. Usually you can see it on the bottom of the tape.

Sometimes the takeup can be messed up in the tape too. Once you release the tape cover, you can turn the white wheels to see if there is any slack in them.

Good luck on that.

Jun 10, 2008 | Video Cameras

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Tracking seems off


I have had the same problem. There is no way to manually adjust the tracking on this Hitachi, or on most 8mm cameras, for that matter. I copied all of my more recent tapes to DVD first (2 copies of each) and then I went to the oldest tapes, which for some reason were OK. When I got to one tape that gave me trouble, I just let it play in the camcorder for about an hour. It adjusted its own tracking so that the picture was OK. Then, I rewound the tape and copied that one. I still have 2 tapes that will not adjust. I am going to send those out to a copying service. I hope they can adjust the tracking and make the copies I need.
By the way, I used this camera and a Panasonic DMR-E55 to make the DVD copies.

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Transferring to DVD?


Maybe when you play the 8mm tape on the TV and have DVD/TV recorder hook up to the TV.

Oct 23, 2007 | Sharp Viewcam VL-A111U Camcorder

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RCA PRO854 camcorder


maybe I would buy your camera,
yes as far as I know hi8 and 8mm are completely different cameras,
where are you and how much for the camera?

david@fullbliss.com

Jan 21, 2007 | RCA PRO854 8mm Analog Camcorder

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