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  • Converting hi8 (8mm) to digital?

    I have a bunch of old hi8 tapes I want to get on my computer. Right now, the only option seems to be buying a used hi8 camcorder for $150 and then connect it to my analog to digital video converter.

    Seems like someone would have made a cheap hi8 player that just spits out the analog signal through the typical red/white/yellow RCA's. Anyone know of a device?

  • #2
    My brother had a hi8 camera I think , if I recall hi8 are just small cassette tapes, he had this bigger cassette that you could insert the hi8 into , and it would fit in the VCR.

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    • #3
      Well scratch that : http://hometheater.about.com/cs/vcrs/a/aa8mmtovhsa.htm

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      • #4
        You might wanna take a look at the KWorld DVD Maker USB2.

        It allows all sorts of video input to your PC, and was apparently designed to allow peeps to put VHS onto DVD.

        Its easy enough to find on google, costs about 25/$50 IIRC.

        This is where I got mine from: http://www.cclonline.com/product-inf...ufacturer_id=0


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        • #5
          I vote for option #1. A used camcorder or deck. Maybe rental, pawn shop, etc.

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          • #6
            Hi8 is a special form of 8mm video tape. An 8mm camcorder won't playback Hi8. Because the tape is not the same format as VHS, there is no VHS adaptor for either 8mm or Hi8.

            There IS an adaptor for VHS-C, which is similar in size to the 8mm and Hi8 tape, but is much thicker than 8mm tape.

            You may be able to get a video shop to convert the tapes to digital tape like Mini-dv or perhaps even to put them on a DVD either in a format of your choosing or in DVD format (mpeg-2) as a playable DVD for less than the $150 for the camcorder.

            Of course, you could buy the camcorder for $150, convert your tapes, then resell it for some amount on Ebay to cut the cost. Even $30 would reduce the cost, if not the hassle.
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            • #7
              i have a semi working hi8 parts camcorder i don 't use. seriously, i have no hi8 tapes to test it with, so its as is. I was harvesting them for microdisplays. If you wan t it i can let ti go MUCh cheaper than 150 lol. pm me. just trying to help.
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                • #9
                  I agree you may take help of an online website to do the work for you. I cannot estimate the approx cost for you but it would not be much expensive. There are many online websites available to transfer the videos from 8mm to DVD.

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