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I need to transfer 8MM to DVD format. What attachment is needed. I love the camera and quality of film but need it to be more efficient with today's technology.

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Hi jsiusa - You could do it by getting the things you need separately, hardware and software, or you could purchase a relatively inexpensive all in one kit that has everything you need. Since you don't have experience with video capture this is what I suggest you do.

HERE are a few of the kinds of setups you would need. (I'm not recommending this seller but just showing an example of the range of products available). Most of them include software that along with the hardware would allow you to capture the raw video and then convert it to a format that you could burn to a DVD (You would of course need a DVD burner).

HERE is an overview of doing the capture with a particular capture device and software. More expensive is not always better (you could spend $20-200) but I would stay with name brand products in the median price range mostly for the sake of superior software.

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