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How to copy a Hi 8 tape to a DVD on a computer

I want to tranfer my recordings from Hi8 tape to a DVD and I don`t know how to do it.Please,could you give some instructions on how to conect my Sony Handycam CCD-TRV78E to my computer and copy to a DVD?!

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  • lll28 May 28, 2008

    I need help in recording Hi8 to DVD!!!! I don`t know how to conect my camcorder to my computer.

  • Roshni Perumal Jun 17, 2008

    have same problem

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Hello,
Sony handycam model starts with CCD-XXXX shows that its analog camcorder and its picture signal is analog. You can't connect directly camera with PC to transfer files. You need to install MPEG card or some thing like that in PC 1st and this card will digitize analog picture signal into compatible format.

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