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    I have an old Sony Hi8 Handycam, circa 1992. I took a lot of video in the UK over 3 years.

    Since then I have bought a Sony Digital8 Handycam. Unfortunately, the Digital8 is a cheapy and cannot recognise & play Hi8 analogue tapes. The more expensive ones could.

    Plan A was to play the old analogue Hi8 tapes, preferably through a Digital8 camera and output the digital signal to my computer. Since the Digital 8 camera can't read the Hi 8 tapes, that plan is no good.

    Plan B was to play the analogue Hi 8 tapes through the old Hi8 Handycam, output the analogue signal through a PCI card (which converts analogue to digital) into my computer. I now find the Hi8 Handycam makes some horrible screaching noises on playback with either a degraded picture or no picture. Sounds like it has died from old age.

    Plan C is to ask if anyone in AussieFrogs (preferably in the Sydney area) has either a Hi8 camera that works OR a Digital8 camera that CAN recognise and playback Hi8 tapes. Note that the physical tape is the same for both formats (ie Hi8 Metal-E). The idea would be to borrow the camera for a short time to transfer the 6 X 90 minute tapes to my computer.

    Can anyone help me?

    John

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    Jon Bon, I can't help but I think it's good that you have a plan!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tractionfan View Post
    Jon Bon, I can't help but I think it's good that you have a plan!!!!!
    Army training. Its just a bugger when you get down to Plan D and things are still not working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    I have an old Sony Hi8 Handycam, circa 1992. I took a lot of video in the UK over 3 years.

    Since then I have bought a Sony Digital8 Handycam. Unfortunately, the Digital8 is a cheapy and cannot recognise & play Hi8 analogue tapes. The more expensive ones could.

    Plan A was to play the old analogue Hi8 tapes, preferably through a Digital8 camera and output the digital signal to my computer. Since the Digital 8 camera can't read the Hi 8 tapes, that plan is no good.

    Plan B was to play the analogue Hi 8 tapes through the old Hi8 Handycam, output the analogue signal through a PCI card (which converts analogue to digital) into my computer. I now find the Hi8 Handycam makes some horrible screaching noises on playback with either a degraded picture or no picture. Sounds like it has died from old age.

    Plan C is to ask if anyone in AussieFrogs (preferably in the Sydney area) has either a Hi8 camera that works OR a Digital8 camera that CAN recognise and playback Hi8 tapes. Note that the physical tape is the same for both formats (ie Hi8 Metal-E). The idea would be to borrow the camera for a short time to transfer the 6 X 90 minute tapes to my computer.

    Can anyone help me?

    John
    I you still have camera why not use it to play the tapes and feed the camera A-V output to the computer.

    Every Sony camera I've seen has outputs just for this purpose.

    If the batteries are dead, you may need to use the mains the Sony adaptor or cobble up something off a multi-voltage power supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    I have an old Sony Hi8 Handycam, circa 1992. I took a lot of video in the UK over 3 years.

    John
    Do any of you plans factor in hard drive requirements for " a lot of video" tapes???

    Do this calculation before anything, as video is a massive consumer of drive space, and you can spend a lot of time watching a colour wheel turn.


    I have a bit of experience in changing media formats, and I could never ever compete at a commercial level with those places that specialise in bulk dumping of such media.

    Sometimes the wog wedding video guys moonlight in the data transfer business, and will simply run the dump in real time from one machine to the next. so a one hour tape takes one hour to dump, and you keep it linear digital, tape. (as opposed to random access like a hard drive).

    Maybe things have moved on since I ran a studio and therefore my suggestions may be sooooo last century, but check it out anyway, it might be the easy way to get your tapes dumped.


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    I did get a quote from DVD Infinity who scanned 150 minutes of my Super8 film that I took during the Vietnam War. I had the results of that dumped onto Digital8 tape prior to loading into my computer on a separate HDD. That was a VERY expensive process.

    They quoted $60 for 60 minutes to transfer Hi8 analogue to data disc.

    The problem with my old Hi8 analogue camera is not batteries (as I run it off the battery charger using a special adapter in lieu of the battery). Its that there is a screeching/graunching noise when I play the Hi8 tape. Naturally the first thing I did was to fast forward the tape to its end and then rewind it. In fact I did this twice on the first tape. I also cleaned the heads using a Sony head cleaning tape, and also ran that a second time when the problem persisted. The picture through the viewfinder is crap, so something is wrong. I really don't want to spend money fixing the analogie camera when I have a digital one that I use.

    I just received my AVerMedia PCI card today. All I need is a Hi8 player to decipher the tapes.

    John

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    I think I have a camera I could lend you if you promise not to ruin it. There is a lot of shipping involved though back and forth.

    Just to make it clear Hi8 is the cameras just before digital video, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlitzaugen View Post
    I think I have a camera I could lend you if you promise not to ruin it. There is a lot of shipping involved though back and forth.

    Just to make it clear Hi8 is the cameras just before digital video, right?
    Yes. The transition (at least for Sony) was 8mm -> Hi8 - > Digital 8. Amongts the high end cameras, they are all backwardly compatible in that Digital8 can recognise and replay Hi8 and Hi8 can replay 8mm (which is monaural).

    I will send to a PM.

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