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8mm/Hi8/Digital 8 i have analog canon es870. power supply is shot. need to buy other 8mm to access recorded tapes. would any 8mm camcorder, digital/analog/otherwise be able to do this?

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Re: 8mm/Hi8/Digital 8

As this was quite some time ago, you probably already have your solution, but I just ran across this. Just in case you can use any other 8mm camcorder or deck if you can find one. Also if you still had it I would like to buy the Instruction manual from that old Canon ES780. Please write me back at if you have it. Thanks.

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Video Only, and Best Buy will most likely have 8mm tapes. Walgreens and Radio Shack should also carry them. If the only tapes you can find are labeled Hi8 or DV8, you can still record on them with an 8mm camcorder.

May 16, 2011 | Canon ES50 8mm Camcorder

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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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Can you use hi 8 tape in the ES900 Analog Camcorder

I believe this camcorder is 8mm only, so you won't be able to use a Hi8 tape with it. They will not play right in your camcorder.

Sep 19, 2010 | Canon ES900 Camcorder

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I can't play a hi8 cassette recorded in another camera y my camera, what can i do?

DCR-TRV130 is not capable of playing back 8mm or Hi8 tapes recorded on analog camcorders. Digital recording playback only.

Feb 16, 2010 | Sony Handycam DCR-TRV130 Digital Camcorder

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Where can I get a cd to download from the camcorder to my compute

The ES8200V is not a digital camcorder. It was made to record analog video on 8mm tape.

Jun 15, 2009 | Canon ES8200V Hi-8 Analog Camcorder

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Viewing SONY 8mm Tapes -- Please help

The older tapes were shot on a 8mm camcorder and the camcorder you have wil not play them becasue it doesn't have backwards compatability with the older format. The tapes you recorded are on a digital 8 camcorderr and it is different encoding than the one you recorded the other 60 tapes with. You will need to find either a dcr-trv 350 trv 530 trv 730 ect as these have the ability to play all the tapes.
Or find an older 8mm camcorder to play your tapes with.
Hope this helps

Nov 01, 2008 | Sony Handycam DCR-TRV280 Digital Camcorder

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Hi8 Playback Compatibility with Digital* Camcorders

I believe all Sony model DCR-TRV2XX and 3XX would play Hi 8 and ST8
Such as DCR-TRV265, DCR-TRV285 DCR-TRV340, DCR-TRV355
I hope that give you some ideas

Aug 01, 2008 | Sony Handycam DCR-TRV510 Digital Camcorder

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Camcorder won't playback most Hi8 tapes

may be your camera not design to play the analog tape...there are some model that can playback a analog tape...i think your camera is for digital playback only.... check your user manual

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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?

Jan 21, 2007 | RCA PRO854 8mm Analog Camcorder

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Tape compatibility question.

Yes. Hi8 camcorders are manufactured to work with 8mm or Hi8 tapes. The difference is the quality of the tape. 8mm tapes will provide about 270 lines of resolution where a Hi8 tape will provide up to 400. For better quality recordings, you'll want to use Hi8 tapes.

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