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Dan Sinclair
Digitising/capturing 8mm video tapes – 3 scenarios – which is best?
on May 3, 2014 at 12:55:36 pm

Hi everyone,

The request:
I would massively appreciate it if anyone has experience with the below three scenarios, I’ve been searching on forums and there is lots of info/discussions but I haven’t as yet found anyone who has done a direct comparison of these three methods to see which garnishes the best results!

The background:
I’m working on a (hopefully) interesting project and need to digitise “video diary” tapes from when I was a teenager so I can edit them!

Three scenarios – which is best?

I have 8mm video tapes to back up (not Hi8, just solely 8mm)

Which out of the three following scenarios do you think would get the best results / has anyone done any direct comparisons / do you think I’d see any noticeable difference?

(1) Play the 8mm tapes in a Digital8 camcorder. Connect the Digital8 camcorder into an iMac via firewire
(I have the Sony DCR-TRV330E – made around 2001, it’s had quite light use and has TBC)

(2) Buy a myself decent Hi8 deck that has S-video out. Play the 8mm tapes in the deck and connect the deck into the iMac via a Canopus ADVC-110 or 300 (since the 300 has TBC) (I’d need to buy myself a Canopus)

(3) Buy myself a decent Hi8 deck that has S-video out. Play the 8mm tapes in the deck and connect the deck into the iMac via the pass-through function on my Sony MiniDV camcorder (I have the Sony DCR-TRV60E – made around 2003)
(I am presuming the pass-through function on this camera will be the same or perhaps better than on my Digital8 Sony DCR-TRV330E ?)

I will use iMovie or FCP on the iMac.

Thanks so much in advance, I’d really appreciate your thoughts

Dan


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