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Tape to DVD

Hi i have a Panasonic tape from a camcorder how do i change it to a DVD?

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You need video editing software such as Pinnacle Studio to capture a video tape to your hard drive and then edit and burn into a DVD.

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

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Greetings jamhere,

I have the same issue myself with my gillion of family tapes and my Hi8 unit broken! The only remedy I have found is to either invest in a new lower price HI8 unit, rent a unit and get my transfers done, or pay to have the old tapes put on dvd professionally. None of these options are too appealing to me, but really seem to be the only options available. If only HI8 had an adapter like VHS-C! I personally would look on some of the online resellers to see if you can obtain a unit that is lower priced to meet your needs. Investing overall in a Hi8 as your only camcorder is not advised, due to it being almost obsolete technology.

I hope this helps.

Thank you,

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Posted on May 05, 2008

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Under the strap is a DV Connector on the camera.  That is a firewire port to connect to a computer.  You'll need a "4-pin to 6-pin" firewire cable (Best Buy, any computer store - $20) to connect up the camera to your computer.  If it's a Mac, you're all set - iLife/iMovie is all you'll need, and all Macs have the correct firewire port.  If you're on Windows, you'll need to make sure you have a firewire card installed (again about $30 at Best Buy if you need one), but you'll also need the appropriate software...
Another way of doing it on a Windows PC is to get a USB Video Capture device and hook up the red/white/yellow RCA cables from the AV In/Out port of the camera to the USB device.  Most you buy today have the appropriate software to help you transfer.  Sorry, it's really not that simple - it can get quite confusing, but feel free to try it and post any specific questions you may have.  Good luck!!

Posted on May 27, 2009

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You will need a firewire cable (IEEE 1934) to connect your camcorder to you pc. Before you purchase the cable you should first check you pc for the proper connections. The firewire IEEE 1934 is available in 4 pin or six pin connection types (not the typical usb). If your computer is not compatible, you should be able to pick up a fire wire adapter at your local electronics retailer (I purchased a pc card style for my laptop, recently, from Best Buy for approx. $10.00) You will also need software to edit the video (many are available for free download, online)

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