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We have an Sony Video 8 AF. Camcorder is not working. Can and What can we use to transfer the movies we have taped to a more modern format?? Is there a cable or can you recommend a professional who can salvage this important memories for us.

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You can take your tapes to a video transfer service and get them to transfer to DVDs. Any large metro area will have these services but if not, you can mail off the tapes to a known service. Look online (google) for a reliable service with BBB rating and customer testimonials. Look locally first.

You may find a working Sony 8mm camcorder on your local Craigslist.com or at a Goodwill store or other second hand outlet or in the newspaper ads or online but that is unlikely since they are so dated. Remember that a Sony Hi8 camcorder can also read 8mm tapes so if you can find one of those for $50 to $80, they would read the tapes.

Lastly you could repair the camcorder but it may not be worth the cost. Local electronics repair shops may be able to fix the camera.

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Assuming that you want to do your video work later (editing,DVD burning)in your PC.


1.Your PC must have video capture device(either built-in or add-on).
2.Properly set your video editing software to able to capture video form your device.
3.Connect your camera to your PC in regular manner,like when you connect it to your TV.
4.Have your camera in PLAYBACK mode.wind the tape to the beginning of the footage you want to capture.
5.Open your editing software.turn on capture mode.
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7.When all footage were captured,click stop capture.
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9.when complete,save it to some uncompressed video format like *.avi for later burning to DVD or converting to other format.



For beginners,I recommend Windows Movie Maker video editing software that should come bundled in almost every computer.It's fast,simple but effective enough for home-movie work.Once your project is completed,save your movie in original .avi format for later burning to DVD,etc.



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