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Samsung scw61 hi8

When i play on the tv it is black and white,the setting is not on black and white
these tapes were taped on a different camera,i believe a hitachi
im trying to put them on dvd with my dvd burner,i have the camera plugged straight into it

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SOURCE: 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.

Posted on Sep 06, 2005

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I have the same problem!

Apparently their is a ribbon cable on the tape drive mechanism that tore because of samsung's crappy design that ribbon cable sends a signal form the tape protection switch.

Since the ribbon is torn and the circuit open the camera thinks the protection on the tape is on

if any one knows where i can buy samsung parts, please let me know

Posted on Jul 07, 2008

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SOURCE: How do I transfer my camcorders recordings from HI8 tape to a computer or DVD?

Do you have another video camera that will hook up to your computer? In the past, I've connected my old Hi-8 to my Mini DV, recorded the footage from the Hi-8 to the Mini DV and then digitized on the computer from the Mini DV. You will however need some video software like iMovie for this solution.
You can also, hook the Hi-8 camera up to a VCR or TV using the appropriate cable and view it that way.

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

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SOURCE: I have an old Samsung VP-A30 video camera with

Hello Ron,
Well that is like you say an old camera, mind you 8mm is still far the best and safest way to store your valued films as it has kept the data on those tapes longer than any DVD ever did, remember unlike we thought 10 years ago a DVD only has around 8 to 10 years life span, we are finding CD & DVD productions that are over 8 years old just wont play any longer.
Kodak put a report on the net 7 years ago that they found even some quite costly DVD recorded media had gone blank and refused to play after a very short time in storage.
I think you ought to look around Ebay, find a nice HI8 digital camera, put your loved tapes in that, plug the new Firewire cable into the camera, and your PC and download your treasured items to another media like DVD.
Keep your 8mm tapes in a draw safe though because they will out-live all DVD recordings I can honestly say that.

Posted on May 24, 2010

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