hi 8 or dv

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by old cholo, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. old cholo macrumors member

    old cholo

    Jan 22, 2007
    So. California
    i really like the sony products because of their nite vision infer red system any pros or cons??? also is sony gonna be friendly to my imac??? its new, thanks in advance
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    And your question is ..... ?

    Just guessing from your heading, you're wanting to know if Hi8 or DV would be better to work with your iMac. If so, there isn't any comparison; Hi8 is an old, outdated analog format while DV is a digital format. Hi8 would have to be converted to digital for capturing while DV can easily be captured via Firewire without converting (or quality loss).

  3. ewinemiller macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2001
    west of Philly
    There's also Digital 8 which uses Hi8 tapes, but records on them in DV. When I was buying a few years ago, they were a few hundred dollars cheaper than the miniDV tape based machines.

    They aren't as compact because of the much bigger tape mechanism, but if you're on a budget and the price difference still exists it might be an attractive option.

    Mine is a Sony DCR-TVR530, it has the nightshot function. I haven't done much more than play with that for a few minutes so couldn't really tell you if it's a good or bad implementation, but it does work. Mostly I use mine to record stuff with the kids. As the previous poster mentioned, it's as easy as loading iMovie, switch to VCR mode on the camera, and plugging it into the firewire port.
  4. shellbryson macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2006
    We've got an old Sony DCR-TV--something, that records in Digital8 format on Hi8 tapes. It's been great over the years, but the size annoys me and the picture quality isn't great by todays standards (which is why in another thread I'm looking for a good replacement). I don't like these big cameras. You get bored of carrying them around all day, and the battery lives aren't that great. Having said that, works perfectly with my Mac over firewire.

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