Tape 8mm?

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Hey guys!

My parents (yes! I am a teenager!) had a 8mm camcorder (Many, many years ago!) and now they have a lot of 8mm tapes with precious and adorable memories... So, as i am the video maker of the family, (i think that) is my responsability to recover these memories!

I have a HP Media Center m8034n with a yellow, white, and red (i dont remember the name of that cable) input, so I was thinking that maybe i could use this input to somehow transfer the videos in 8mm to my PC and then, after some editing, burn a DVD with the videos!

Just a small detail: I dont have any idea how to do this, and i need help from you guys!

PLEASE, i really dont want my family spending hundreds and hundreds of bucks only to put some old videos into DVDs....

So, if yous guys have any info about this, i would be really thankful!

P.S.: My parents still have the 8mm camcorder (i am shocked, too), so if i need the camcorder to transfer the video to my PC, its ok.

P.S.S: I really dont know how to use the yellow, white, and red input, so if you guys know how to use it (like to connect a DVD player to my PC, or something like that...) i would be really glad if you could teach me how to use it...i dont have a software or anything like it, but i do have the Windows Media Center (of windows vista) if it can help...

I know that i probally wrote a lot of idiot things, but i am really new into this movie making thing.... :)

Thanks for all the help,

Caio


D0n
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first check f the camera has a firewire connection, if it does and your pc does.....peice of cake, add the right cable an go.

if not, try connecting the cable that came with the 8mm camcorder to the camcorder (should have a headphone like jack on one end and red, yellow, white rca jacks on the other) and plug red to red, white to white, yellow to yellow, on the rca jacks on your pc.

also when you get that sorted, check to see if your old camera does pass thru... connect those r,w,y rca cables to a dvd players out jacks and plug the firewire into your pc, and see if you can record the video signal from the dvd player to your pc,, very useful function if it works, I use my old sony for just that purpose.


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"There is no doubt your camera will not have a Firewire port; Firewire was not invented until after 8mm was phased out."

http://www.videomaker.com/article/9491/

my sony dcr-trv350 I bought for $3.00 at a yard sale gets used daily for it's video pass through, and webcam abilities.

it could (if the tape mechanism wasn't damaged) transfer 8mm to dv through the firewire port!

under studio lights, recording straight to hd, gives ample quality for podcast.


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"There is no doubt your camera will not have a Firewire port; Firewire was not invented until after 8mm was phased out."

http://www.videomaker.com/article/9491/

my sony dcr-trv350 I bought for $3.00 at a yard sale gets used daily for it's video pass through, and webcam abilities. it could (if the tape mechanism wasn't damaged) transfer 8mm to dv through the firewire port! under studio lights, recording straight to hd, gives ample quality for podcast.

But your camera (and the ones Eric spoke of in the article) are Digital - Any camera from the 80's would be analog and would need something to convert the analog signal from the composite video and audio to a digital equivalent in order to edit or burn to DVD.

As for software, Sony has their Vegas Movie Studio package for <$100 and has a 30 day fully functional free trial available - why not try that.

Bruce Paul 7Squared Productions http://www.7squared.com


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"I was thinking that maybe i could use this input to somehow transfer the videos in 8mm to my PC and then, after some editing, burn a DVD with the videos!

Just a small detail: I dont have any idea how to do this, and i need help from you guys!"

was in fact the original posters problem.

an inexpensive, used camera like the trv-350, will not only play those 8mm analogue tapes, it will pass them through to his computer for capture. Whether the camera will send the signal through the firewire port or the av cable is moot. It is a viable solution to the problem, and cost less than $50.00 and as little as $3.00, depending on where he finds one. He didn't describe a camera model. the first suggestion didn't work for him for any reason, (like the camcorder is broken, lost or unavailable) my sugesstion was a viable alternative.

"But as it is, all of our posters yammering on about Firewire or USB ports do not know anything about the actual question, the problem or any clue as to how it needs to be solved. My guess is that they are but children and can't stop themselves from being stupid in public.

So while I'm sure you think you know how video operates, your responses prove otherwise."

Name calling and put downs are always show up when logic and reason fail.

All advice given/found on the web needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Most people who resort to name calling and insults on the web need to be taken less seriously, as they are often the types that wouldn't say things like that to your face.


D0n
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You said:

"There is no doubt your camera will not have a Firewire port; Firewire was not invented until after 8mm was phased out. On the other hand, when you spoke of your connector, you didn't mention the model or make, but an Analogue-to-Digital (AD) converter would come with software to make capturing the video simple & straightforward. I sounds like you already have the burning to DVD part down, so I want to move on to making the capture process work well."

I politely, pointed out the fact that you were TOTALLY WRONG.

There was a cheap means readily available, that would take both analogue and digital 8mm tapes.

I asked him "If" several times, on the outside chance that the post might help him (or others reading the post with similar problems)

you responded with:

"But as it is, all of our posters yammering on about Firewire or USB ports do not know anything about the actual question, the problem or any clue as to how it needs to be solved. My guess is that they are but children and can't stop themselves from being stupid in public.

So while I'm sure you think you know how video operates, your responses prove otherwise."

and now:

"I do apologize for ranting a bit about useless & misleading advice. We are the individuals responsible for seeing our novices are aided by the forum postings and not confused by them. I take that responsibility very seriously. So you can rely on what I have to say, I also explain the logic behind my advice. So I take a while to do it, you are welcome to argue against my logic all you want. Just be prepared to explain the logic behind your claims. After all, discussion encourages learning."

I think it's safe to say we all learned something about you. Would've reflected better on you if you had said sorry for the name calling. It was un-called for, and would certianly be bad for business, if any of your potential customers read this thread.


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hi everyone, i need help from you. I have an old 8mm camcorder (HITACHI) and i want to transfer the videos saved on the tape to my computer, but the problem is that I only have two RCA cables: the white and the red ones, the yellow one is missing. And my computer has no input to these connectors, and i think the camera has a mechanical problem, maybe because it was unused for afew years (the camera is from 1997, I guess...) - when I turn off the cam, it ejects the tape automatically;on the cam mode, when i want to record, it says on the screen NO TAPE because the tape isout; on the video mode, when i want to see my videos, it happens the same thing (tell me, is it normal?!?). Man,I just can'tinsert the tape again, and it's driving me crazy!

So my question isHOW canI get the videos on the tape, canI usea DVD player to capture it? Should I put some cleaning tape as you were saying before? Where can I get the yellow cable, is it available somewhere?

Thank you so much for your help, I'll be thankful.

Miriam