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Convert a Hi8 to cd

How to convert my Hi8 tapes to cd

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    I cannot seem to get to get the digital 8 tape copied to cd rom via my laptop. can anyone assist?

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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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