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Hey Miamivice, Jack’s suggestion is the most cost effective way to digitize the signal. You just need a 1394 compliant firewire adapter card (assuming you are using a desktop computer that has an empty/open slot) that will add the firewire capability to your computer to receive the signal from the digital8 camera.
I’ve tried two USB devices and doing a side by side comparison, the image from a Digital8 camera (or through a Canopus ADVC 110 or 330 capture box, or a Blackmagic Intensity Pro capture card) is clearly superior. I have owned and tried all four, and the Canopus ADVC 330 has a slight edge over the other firewire solutions, but it is slight.
Part of the advantage is if you have an SVHS output from your VHS player. That gives the signal the best start. If you just have a composite video output from your VHS player then the difference is not as noticeable between the USB and firewire solutions.
Less noise, better colour rendition, etc… The USB capture device is cheaper, and less cables to fiddle with…but if you want the best image possible, from an admittedly poor source, then the firewire capture devices give the best image.
The Canopus 330 device does a bit of noise reduction and Time Based Code (TBC) syncing and this gives the slight edge. If you have a high end VHS player, then you may already have these features helping to get the best signal from your tapes…if not then it is a consideration for your decision of which way to go…