How do I digitize Video8...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by gangst, May 1, 2006.

  1. gangst macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I'm want to digitize some old Video8 footage so it is on my Mac and I can edit it and make a DVD from it.

    However, all I have is the Video8 tapes and not the video camera.

    Firstly, I need to know how to play these back, I am told that you could place them in a 'carrier' cassette which would allow them to be played back through a VCR. Again, I don't know where to get hold of theses 'carrier' cassettes.

    Also, I would like to know the best method of connecting a VCR to my Mac.

    If anyone could recommend the hardware and software I need to capture the Video8 tapes I would be really grateful. I don't need editing or DVD creation software because I already have Final Cut and DVD Studio.


    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    The "carrier tape' you are describing sounds like VHS-C, which is a totally different format from video 8. As far as I know, you'd need a video-8 deck or the camcorder to play them.

    In either case you'd then need an analog to digital converter to get it into you mac. I think apple used to sell a device like this through their store (it wasn't an apple product though).

    Another option is to just get the tapes converted by a company that does tape duplication and the like.
     
  3. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    If they're really 8mm tape, (Super8 or Hi-8), you can put them in a Digital-8 camcorder and transfer them via FireWire. Good luck finding a D8 cam though, they aren't made anymore.
     
  4. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    the carrier would not let you play them in a VHS or DV machine, just another type of Video8 player

    you will need to get/hire a machine that plays Video8, i think some of the later machines could play most of the video8 formats
     
  5. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

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    Sony still list the Handycam® TRV220 Digital8 on their web site, but it does not paly the old 8mm tapes.

    If you can find a Handycam® TRV480, I think it will do the job.

    The TRV 280 list on Sony.com for $279. IIRC the TRV480 was listing for $379 or there abouts.

    Short of that you may can find something like the CCD-TRV138 and an Analog to DV Converter box like the one from Formac Studio This is what I use for VHS.
    (also see http://www.macworld.com/2001/08/reviews/converters/index.php).
     

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