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Copying home made video from sony Hi8 tapes to Sony DV mini tapes

I am trying to copy home videos from my Sony Hi8 to my Sony digital video camera using a Dazzle Hollywood DV bridge. The tape periodically stops taping and gives me the copyrighted protection notice. These are all personal home videos. Any ideas how to keep the Sony DCR-HC21 unit from giving me this problem?
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Sony DCR-HC21 has a multi-AV in, your Hi-8 should have a mini (4 band) to multi AV out. The cable would look like a stereo headphone cable on one end with thre RDA type plugs on the other end; red, white, yellow. The mulit in on the DV would probabaly be the same type connector. Youd have to use a coupler set for the two multi-av cables to bridge video to video and audio to audio. Come out of the Hi8 into the miniDV recorder. You should not need a Dazzle unless you want to transfer to a PC for editing before moving video back to a miniDV tape.

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