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Hi8 Camcorder tapes (8mm) - Problem

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by cherc2005, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. cherc2005

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    Recently i found a bag of many Hi8 camcorder tapes which i filmed lots of videos of my children about 4-8 years ago.

    The problem is, the sony hi8 camcorder i used to record them is now broken so i am unable to play them on my TV.

    Of course, an easy way to solve this is to buy a new hi8 camcorder, but i already have a new digital camcorder and i dont need another one.

    Ive heard about cassette adaptors but someone told me they only work with VHS-C tapes?

    Does anyone know how i can ciew my hi8 tapes again without getting a new camcorder? Is there some sort of player or perhaps a VCR adaptor?

    Many Thanks :)
     
  2. MarkE19

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    Whoever told you that the adapters only work with VHS-C tapes was correct! The adapter works because the VHS-C tapes use the same tape and recording format, but just in a smaller cassette. All the other tape formats are different to VHS and therefore can not be played in a VHS VCR.

    To be able to play back your old Hi8 tapes you will need to get a Hi8 camcorder. There are Hi8 tape decks available, but they will cost more than a camcorder. If you have a Digital8 camcorder then some of these can also play the old Hi8 tapes, but not all.
    Perhaps your best bet is to get a s/h Hi8 cam from eBay etc

    Mark.
     
  3. TVTina

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    Mark, you obviously know your stuff!! - I want to do the same thing, so do I need a video capture card or can I use the firewire port to get video and sound onto my pc? How do I watch it then? :rolleyes:
     
  4. MarkE19

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    TVTina,
    with a bit of searching on this forum you will see that there are loads of ways to get analogue video captured on a PC. These range from the cheap (about £30) USB2.0 capture devices up to the expensive (from around £150+) but very good Canopus ADVC converters that connect to the PC via fireiwire. Somewhere in between these 2 options is useing a DV camcorder that must have AV-in enabled (only a few of the many camcorders have this).
    Once captured you can edit out unwanted bits, add titles and transitions etc. If you have a DVD burner you can then create a DVD with your footage on. If you have analogue outputs (some of the ADVC converters have outputs as well as inputs) you can also create a VHS tape. Otherwise you can watch the video footage on your PC monitor, but this is not the best solution.

    Hopefully this gives you a few ideas as to what can be done. Let us know if you have any more questions and we will do our best to help.

    Mark.
     
  5. sput2001

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    I believe Woollies are doing a hi-8 camcorder for just inder a hundred notes at the moment.
     
  6. TVTina

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    Mark, thank-you for taking the trouble to reply. I appreciate it. I'll do some searching now! XX
     

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