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- June 14, 2008 at 8:46 AM #41523AnonymousInactive
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,
This should be fairly easy – I hope. You should be able to connect the camera to the yellow, red and white inputs (RCA connectors) with the transfer cable that came with the camera. If you don’t have this cable, Radio Shack (or some other store) should be able to hook you up with one. Just plug the camera into the computer and then turn on the camera in the VCR or VTR mode. If the camera has firewire (IEEE 1394 connection) and the computer does too, this would be the perferred way, but the RCA input will work as well.
After you turn on the camera, Hopefully Vista will recognize the camera and open a dialog box for you to choose the software you want to edit with. If you don’t have software installed, you will most likely have the free Windows Movie Maker software that usually comes with windows. That will be sufficient to transfer and edit and with Vista, burn to DVD. Find the option to capture video and you will probably have to press play on the camera’s VCR controls to capture. IF you were using firewire, the camera’s Play, Stop, etc can be controlled through the software.
Get those memories off the old tape as the will degrade over time.
Also, I almost forgot…well I did forget obviously, the transfer cable may also be USB. That would work like the firewire. What kind of camera is it? I could better give you specifics if you have the make and model number.
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.
I really dont know exacty the model of the camera, because it is in brazil (yes! I am brazilian..)…., but i will bring the camera back this summer so i can move the burn the videos into dvds!!!
Thanks for all the help!
P.S: The camera is from the 80s… so i dont think it has a firewire connection!
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.
You describe your 8mm videos as really old. Really old translates to loose oxide on the tapes. You must take precautions to prevent your 8mm camcorder from clogging the heads & to stop playing back the tapes. The first thing you need to do is retension the video tape before attempting to play it back. Retensioning a tape consists of FF to the end and RW back to the start. It will help the tape play back smoothly and get much of the loose oxide off the tape itself. But old tapes will still lose much more oxide than even cheap new tapes. So you really want to keep the scanning forward or back and pausing to a minimum.
You will also want to have an 8mm/Hi8 tape head cleaner to run for a few seconds every three to five tapes played back in the camcorder. You want to sweep the oxide buildup off before it gets packed in and needs special cleaning, so don’t wait till the image quality goes down before running the tape through. (BTW this is a horrible thing to do when you don’t have to, so use the tape often only when you are trying to archive video on old tapes.)
Hope this helps. You’re gonna love the video from way back when, and your folks will love the DVD’s even more.