8mm Cassette to DVD

denn

Standard Member
Hi all.
I have a Sanyo DP Camcorder which was bought during the early 80s. I took lots of film of my family growing up which I managed to transfer a few to VHS Video. Since the modern TV's arrival I have struggled to even get a picture on the TV in order to record.
I have recently decided to have another go but on playback through the camcorder the picture is jumpy and fuzzy and cannot me made out to what film it was. I purchased another Camcorder the same which was being sold on e bay. I again tried the tapes through this and the result was the same.
Some Tech savvy folk tell me it could be the heads on the corders themselves, failing that my tapes could be ruined. One friend told me to look up a company that transfers these to DVD using specialist equipment which clears distortion? Anyone any ideas as to where they could be sent.
 

12harry

Distinguished Member
Hi,
I'm not clear if you can't play / record the original family tapes - or the transferred-to-VHS tapes.
& unclear why you blame the modern TV, as most will have analogue inputs as well as Digital.


If the problem is with the original tapes, then tread carefully as these can't be replaced ( You know this ). . . . . There are a few professional transfer companies, but mighty expensive - The alt. is to try local cine/film-making ( now Digital) Clubs that may have old equipment among members - - - - but even this is getting rare.
We can still read books written by Monks in the 12c (although Latin is tricky ), yet 1980 recordings seem to be somewhat difficult.
You bought another camcorder as a "player" - but it was no better? Probably suffered the same failure yours did - over time these consumer goods do not last. You might find another will work for a while - heads are always an issue as the surface is exposed to air/damp it will deteriorate - although in theory, the tape isn't touching...
Until you find a solution keep yr tapes at moderate temperatures, away from magnetic fields and in a dry snap-top style container( ie with some colour-indicating dry-gel ), ..... this should help preserve what's left. It may be sensible to rewind them every so often - but even this risks damage . . . as with so many things it's not what you do, rather how you do it.
If you send memories away for transfer, only send then one-at-a-time....

Once they are digitised (e.g onto DVD ), then you can use a computer to "improve" the recordings, provided there is no overloading. You cannot really recover what's not there, although techniques exist to dramatically improve things - ask the Br Film Archives who have treated Cine frame-by-frame!..... but at a huge cost. Digital tapes suffered "dropouts" but with patience you can cut/paste to cover these cracks.
Hope that helps
Good Luck...
 
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chrishull3

Well-known Member
Hi all.
I have a Sanyo DP Camcorder which was bought during the early 80s. I took lots of film of my family growing up which I managed to transfer a few to VHS Video. Since the modern TV's arrival I have struggled to even get a picture on the TV in order to record.
I have recently decided to have another go but on playback through the camcorder the picture is jumpy and fuzzy and cannot me made out to what film it was. I purchased another Camcorder the same which was being sold on e bay. I again tried the tapes through this and the result was the same.
Some Tech savvy folk tell me it could be the heads on the corders themselves, failing that my tapes could be ruined. One friend told me to look up a company that transfers these to DVD using specialist equipment which clears distortion? Anyone any ideas as to where they could be sent.
It realy depends how much the recordings mean to you,if they would be a great loss i can recommend this Alive Studios firm,i have used them for cini transfer and know they also do a first class tape transfer,and give estimates for the job.
 

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