Hi 8 tapes are analogue and need to be converted to digital before a DVD can be made of them. You can pass the signal through a digital video camera to the computer to convert them. Only very short videos could be copied onto a CD as most video files are much larger than a CD's capacity. I'm not sure about digital 8 but maybe the camera only has an analogue output? If the lead goes to RCA plugs - that is analogue. A firewire socket means a digital output.
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If you are trying to use S-Video cable from the Camcorder to the Computer, you need a video capture card capable of accepting S-Video input. Alternately, you may also use a A/V input if already one available in your Computer. Please let me know if you require any clarifications.
The only way to do that is to play it in a device that plays Hi8 tapes and somehow converts it to a digital signal (likely through firewire as DV), then capture it to your computer just like a digital camcorder.
There are several ways: 1. Buy a device (like a camera) that plays it, output through RCA cables to your other camera or tape deck that is digital through the line in, and then just record that. (Alternatively, you could put that signal into a DVD-R machine and record onto a DVD, then just copy the files off the DVD, if you don't have a way to capture DV through firewire.) 2. Buy a device that plays Digital8 (same tapes, but miniDV FORMAT) and output directly from the tape through firewire. This means you must buy a SONY (only brand that made [now discontinued] Digital8) camcorder or deck [if decks were made, though those are usually expensive].
So, the simple answer: get a Digital8 camera and capture, or get another digital camcorder and a Hi8 camcorder and play through the digital one into the computer.
Buying a Sony Handycam (OLDER model) will be your easiest option, and probably possible on ebay, etc., for $100-$200.
Short of this, you could look to a friend or a professional solution for just getting the tape copied (like VHS->DVD services exist, there is probably some place you can mail your tape to).
EDIT: I should add: You included "8mm" in your title-- that is a bit confusing. 8mm refers to a few formats. One is film (obviously not what you're referring to), but then there is the older "8mm" tape format; it's like Hi8, but I believe it's actually not the same tape-- unlike Digital8 and Hi8which share a physical medium. I don't think you can get an 8mm -> Digital device, so you'd need to go through the RCA cables, as described above. [And though Hi8 is actually 8mm in width, it's not quite the same as the other "8mm" format... for whatever odd reason someone decided.... ] However, I suspect you ARE actually working with Hi8, so this shouldn't be a problem.
your camcorder has only A / V out.. it does not have USB or Firewire as some later models have ... so you need a Video Capture Device ... those are available as a card that is installed inside your computer or as an external USB device .. some of these devices use only SVIDEO which this camera does not have .. so you need a capture card that will do composit NTSC video ... most of the older ones do that .. then you might need adapters if its connectors dont match your camera .. the capture card or device usually comes with simple video editing software that can burn to a CD or DVD .. or you could use more elaborate software like Nero (nero 9 is the latest i think) .. there are many other editing programs available ..
here is a review of "video capture devices"..... http://www.aboutvideoediting.com/hardware/top10.shtml
some video cards already have "video in" connector .. its often SVIDEO .. so that wont help .. but some have analog (composit) inputs that you can use ..
here is such a USB video capture device that will work with your camera .. ........ http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3428849&sku=A03-7134
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.
Did u try to connect your cam to a DVD recorder and record a dvd with the information from your tapes? Or I suggest to go to an electronic store and ask about a video converter package (Plextor and Dazzle both from Pinnacle Studio) and they will give you all the information. If you have more question please do not hesitate. Best regards
Walmart will take your Sony Handycam cassette tapes and within a couple hours to a couple weeks, will convert them to cd/dvd for you. Yes, this obviously costs a price but saves you the time of doing it and the agrivation of trying to do it yourself
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.