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- October 4, 2007 at 3:33 PM #41387pcnutParticipant
I’m far from a computer geek, more like a computer dummy. Anways thanks for your time and input in advance if any. Okay here’s the deal will try to keep this as short and simple as possible. I have a camcorder with hi8 and tons of tapes I want to make into dvds. I have a plextor dvd/cd burner. Is this all I need? Is it as simple as attaching a usb from camcorder to burner and just burn? Sorry if I sound like a moron but this is my question. Thanks again.
There are several ways to do this, but using the USB is not one of them.
The easiest way would be to buy a Stand-alone dvd burner. This is just a standard dvd player that hooks to your tv, but it will also record like a vcr. If you can get one of these, you can just hook the av jack from the camcorder to the rca inputs (red-white-yellow) on the dvd burner/player.
If you want to use your computer, it would be best if you can borrow or buy a digital 8 camcorder with a firwire port (IEEE 1394) that can play back Hi8 anolog video. Some digital 8 camcorders can’t play back Hi 8, so just make sure you have one that can. Most digital 8’s will specify this feature. The bad thing is that you can’t usually buy these camcorders in the stores anymore, but you can get them at pawn shops for like 50 bucks.
The other option is to buy an anolog to digital converter (AV to firewire converter)
Eitherway, once you have your camcorder hooked to the computer, you will have to have capturing software. If you have windows, your computer is probable equipted with movie maker which will work just fine.
Once you have the video captured into the computer, you will have to get dvd authoring software. There are many free trials and the options are abundant. You mave have an authoring program on your computer already, like sonic dvd.
Regarding your Hi8 to DVD post this was very helpful thanks. However My Hi-8 camcorder has packed up so I’m sending them off for conversion at this place http://www.video-to-dvd.co.uk Hi8 transfer here. My question is I have some 8mm tapes as well and they charge more for Hi8 so is there an adaptor I could buy for the Hi8 so I can get the cheaper 8mm price. See here for 8mm cost to see what I mean.
Ok. I know this thread is old… BUT I am also trying to transfer Hi8 tapes to DVD. I have a stand alone DVD burner, but it does not have the red, yellow, white ports, just the ethernet port. I am looking for a friend who has a camera that will play my tapes. I also own a newer Digital video camera. Can I use my Digital camera as a converter? ie; play Hi 8's on the one camera, record on the digital and THEN transfer to iMac? Dear heavens. This is so complicated but I'm determined to do it myself….
For transfer by the analog connections, only S-Video should be used, as you'll get the best quality for both from S-Video to an analog-to-digital converter, such as the Canopus ADVC-100. For a Digital connection if you can get a Digital8 camcorder (such as the DCR-TRV340) you can convert the Video8 and Hi8 video to digital and ingest it into your computer via firewire.
Your DVD burner sounds like it is just for hooking up to a computer. The other posts are talking about DVD recorders that connect to your TV, a completely different device. I would not recommend using a DVD recorder, as most of the recent ones have only come with yellow composite in, and provide mediocre video quality.