Can't use my Sony TRV22 miniDV camcorder to pass through and record Hi8 analog signal to my PC
I bought a Sony TRV22 mini-DV camcorder. I have been able to record the video I take to my PC via firewire (iLink). No problems. I also have some Hi8 tapes from an old camera that I want to convert to digital and place on my PC. The Sony I have is supposed to be able to convert from Analog to Digital (passthrough).
I have hooked up my Hi8 camera to my Sony DV via s-video and running the DV to my PC via iLink. When I play the Hi8 camera, I can see the video on my capture application (Windows Movie Maker). No problems so far.
The problem occurs when I hit the "Start Capture" buttton on Windows Movie Maker while I am viewing the Hi8 videos. The software thinks I want to capture from the DV player and overrides the signal from the Hi8 player, and begins to record off the DV tape. If I take the DV tape out of the player, as soon as I hit "Start Capture", I get an error saying there is no tape in the player.
There has to be something simple I am doing wrong but I have tired everything I know to do. ANY HELP!!!!
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Sony DCR-HC21 has a multi-AV in, your Hi-8 should have a mini (4 band) to multi AV out. The cable would look like a stereo headphone cable on one end with thre RDA type plugs on the other end; red, white, yellow. The mulit in on the DV would probabaly be the same type connector. Youd have to use a coupler set for the two multi-av cables to bridge video to video and audio to audio. Come out of the Hi8 into the miniDV recorder. You should not need a Dazzle unless you want to transfer to a PC for editing before moving video back to a miniDV tape.
Hi8 camera has analog video signal / format and needs to be converted in digital format for PC storage /use. Best option available is to hook up Hi8 camcorder with DVD recorder and burn movies on DVD. Now you have digital files of movies and can put in PC.
MisterSony is quite correct about the Capture card.
While most computers have the built-in ability to capture sound via the 'Line In' port, digitally recording the Video signal is a totally different aspect.
Certain TV Tuner cards also have Video Capture abilities (in addition to the tuner they have a VCR input). They often work in tandem with your Video Display card via the 'Feature' connector.
Both types allow the incoming signal to be displayed and recorded digitally at your choice of speeds, resolutions and formats. My preferences in the past have been the VideoBlaster line by Creative Labs. There are many others.
I'll do a little research as to what's currently out there and post my findings directly.
There are no such adapters that would allow 8mm, Hi8 and Mini DV tapes to be played in a VHS VCR. Only the old VHS-C tapes can fit and play in an adapter.
There are several reasons why 8mm (or Hi8 and miniDV tapes) cannot be physically played in a VHS VCR:
1. 8mm (Hi8, miniDV) is a different format with different technical characteristics than VHS. These formats were never developed with the intention to be mechanically compatible with current VHS technology.
2. 8mm/Hi8 tapes are 8mm wide (miniDV is 6mm wide), while VHS tape is 1/2" wide, making it impossible for a VHS video head to read the taped information correctly.
3. 8mm/Hi8/miniDV tapes are recorded and played at different speeds than VHS, so even if the tapes could physically fit into a standard VHS VCR, the VCR still couldn't play back the tapes at their correct speeds.
4. 8mm/Hi8/minDV audio is recorded differently than VHS. 8mm/Hi8 audio is recorded in AFM HiFi mode, while miniDV audio is recording in 12-Bit or 16-Bit PCM digital audio format. So, even if the video could be played back in a VHS VCR, the audio could not be read properly.
5. 8mm/Hi8 video is of higher resolution than VHS and is recorded in a different bandwidth length (miniDV video is recorded digitally), so once again, a standard VCR still could not read the information correctly, even if the tape could fit into a VCR.