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Need help, What to buy 8mm or digital?

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Shinobi, Dec 28, 2001.

  1. Shinobi

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    I bet this question has been posted before, but I really do need this posting board opinoins. Thank you!
    I am going to buy a Camcorder "real" soon. In the future, I want to transfer movies to mpegs then convert them to recordable DVD disc's. Should I go with a "8mm" Camcorder and buy a video capture card to do transfers to my PC in the future? Or should I buy a Digital Camcorder with a built in USB connector now, because maybe video capture cards will be obsolete in the future? Any input would be great as well as models and brands. Thanks a lot!
    Shaolin Smith.
     
  2. colinrbarrett

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    The quickest route to capturing and editing digital video material for mastering (and/or archiving) to DVD is via FireWire where most PCs are concerned. Don't bother with USB - it's an interface that's fine for still images and plugging printers, scanners and such things into computers, but for full-motion video you won't have the transfer bandwidth and the largest window size you'll get of reasonable quality is 320x240 pixels - OK for CD and Web but no good for full-screen stuff.

    If you have a lot of Video8 or Hi8 tapes that you'd like to capture, then buy a Digital-8 camcorder - that way you can upload analogue tapes (using the camcorder and the FireWire uplink) and still have a digital camcorder. Also, Hi8 tapes (which Digital-8 uses to record) are cheaper than DV but work the same way.

    For more info, check out http://www.simplydv.co.uk.

    - Colin
     

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