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Patrick Bronte
Digitising Hi8 and Digital8 Tapes in FCP 6 using a Sony GZV-D200
on Sep 8, 2017 at 8:15:54 pm

I have hundreds of Sony Digital8 tapes and a fair number of Sony Hi8 Tapes. After a catastrophic disaster to my HDDs all my digitised versions of the material on these tapes were lost. So I now need to re-digitise the whole lot as quickly as possible as time has degraded the image and sound quality. The camera I recorded the interview material contained on these tapes and used to digitise them, the Sony DCR-TRV330, is now starting to die. After looking for a replacement option, I found the Sony GV-D200 which looks like it could help my workflow due to not having to turn the camera upside down each time I have to change the tape plus it would fit well on my desk next to all the other essential editing pherphials. So with all that said my question is:
Will a completely refurbished Sony GV-D200 enable me to digitise my Hi8 and Digital8 tapes using FCP 6?
Will I be able to preview what I am digitising and control the device within FCP 6? Will it digitise the tapes at a higher quality than using the now 17 year old Sony DCR-TRV330 camera? I use a Sony HVR-M15U to digitise my miniHDV tapes using FCP 6 and I can control the deck and preview what I'm digitising. Plus, it does a far superior as far as the quality of video and audio as opposed to using the camera I used to record the material I am now digitising. Will the Sony GV-D200 give me that same ability when digitising Hi8 and Digital8 tapes?
I'm using the Sony HVR-M15U on a Mac Mini with a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 4Gb of RAM and for a Mac with such low Specs it does sas good a job as my late 2015 iMac. Will the Sony GV-D200 work as well on this Mac mini as the Sony HVR-M15U?
Any advice, answers or comments would be very much appreciated.

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Shane Ross
Re: Digitising Hi8 and Digital8 Tapes in FCP 6 using a Sony GZV-D200
on Sep 8, 2017 at 11:40:43 pm

Hard to be positive. It does have FireWire, and you can choose the DV Easy Setup for DV cameras...that might work. Should work in theory. I haven't actually done it with Hi-8 and digital 8 with a deck like that. But it SHOULD work.

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