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by: Stephen2217 March 26, 2009 12:12 AM PDT

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Hardware to convert 8mm videotape to digital

by Stephen2217 - 3/26/09 12:12 AM

What hw is needed/avail to play the 8mm compact videotape cassette, like original Sony 8mm vidcams used? I have ADS analog-digital converter box, RCA stereo audio-in, composite or S-video-in, USB2-out, that converts and records to HardDrive from VHS or other analog player. Want an 8mm player to do same, all I've seen suggested using camera as player with more choices -- Older 8mm cam or 'Digicam', pass-thru, etc.

Accepting the risk of sounding dumb I ask;
1) Are there '8mm VCR's? Or have they long ago been obsoleted?

2) If getting a vidcam is only option, can an 8mm cam output a tape played to my existing ADS analog converter?
Are 8mm cams still available new?

3) Or one can use, I hear, a 'Digicam' to play and output the 8mm. Is a Digicam the one that uses DVtape? -- So DV and 8mm tapes are physically alike?
In this method is it true that the Digicam does the A-D conversion and outputs digital vid to PC? Using capture s/w or no? Via what, USB?

4) Last, some Digicams I read have a 'analog-pass-thru' feature and so can play 8mm tape in this Digicam and output analog-video; this would I think work w/my ADS box.

Seems to me #1 is my preference, no pawnshop had one though. Granted I'm a novice and if buying an 8mm or Digi cam is only option I need to form opinion of which to get.

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