Analogue question

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Newshound, May 6, 2006.

  1. Newshound

    Newshound Guest

    Sorry but I expect you will have some good advice.

    I want to save a few 8 mm tapes from an analogue camcorder to a desktop PC
    (and edit them down when I get around to it). Would I be better off with a
    pci card or would the USB cheapies on ebay be OK? I don't have firewire on
    mine (but my son has, if I'm better off using that). I'd consider getting a
    combined tv tuner card but I don't really need one. Any recommendations?

    thanks in advance
    Newshound, May 6, 2006
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  2. Newshound

    Sparks Guest

    If you have, or can borrow a digital camcorder, these can sometimes be used
    as a pass-through - If I need to get some analogue video onto my PC, I
    connect my DV camera (Sony DCR-TRV30e) to the PC with firewire (taking the
    tape out) and set this to VCR mode.
    I then connect the analogue source to the A/V connectors of this camera, the
    camera then digitizes the analogue, and passes it to the PC - I have found
    this to produce the best quality.

    Sparks, May 12, 2006
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  3. Newshound

    Newshound Guest

    Thanks, I'd never have thought of that. One of the kids has a digital.

    Newshound, May 12, 2006
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