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Transferring to DVD?

Is there any way that i can transfer my videos from 8mm tapes straight to DVD through a DVD recorder?

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Re: Transferring to DVD?

DVD recorders are quickly drying up on the retail market. If you are serious about making your transfer from 8mm to a dvd disc, I suggest you make a purchase of a Toshiba dvd recorder from Amazon while they still have a few left.
You should have a cable for the camera which outputs composite A/V.
(Yellow + Red + White) cable connects between your camera and the input of the recorder. Have the new recorder hooked into your tv so you can monitor what you wish to record.

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You can purchase a dvd recorder that has inputs for usb, dv in, video/audio in(yellow/white/red), and also a port for memory sticks. Sony has a unit called DVD Direct. They arent really available anymore from retailers but you can still get them on eBay. They work great and you can get them for about $120.

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Re: Transferring to DVD?

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

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