Digitizing through Analogue inputs on DV camera

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Paul Mason, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. Paul Mason

    Paul Mason Guest

    I have a bunch of footage on Hi8 tape that I would like to digitize and get
    into my computer for editing. I have been looking at digitizing cards, but I
    recently learned that Sony Digital 8 cameras have analogue inputs for just
    this purpose: in fact, I understand that most newer DV cameras have it too.
    I would be willing to spring for a DV camera if it would solve my digitizing
    problem at the same time. As a newcomer to this technology I'd like to know
    if anyone has tried this method of digitizing, and what the results were
    like? Any advice appreciated.

    Paul Mason
    Paul Mason, Nov 3, 2003
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  2. Paul Mason

    Voodoo Guest

    Sony Digital 8 camcorders will play back Hi8 as well, so you can just plug
    your camera into the Firewire port of your computer and digitize away. If
    you need a Firewire card, I'd look at the ones from www.adstech.com. I've
    had very good results with mine. I've done this many times with my Sony 320.
    It looks just as good as when I would use my old analog capture card from

    Of course, if your camera supports it, you can also plug another analog
    source (like a VHS VCR) into the camera and record it to your PC through the
    Firewire port. I've done this too with my 320, and it looks about as good as
    VHS can. However, if you edit Digital 8 footage with something shot on Hi8
    or VHS, you will definiitely be able to tell the difference between the two.

    Good luck.
    Voodoo, Nov 3, 2003
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  3. Paul Mason

    Paul Mason Guest

    Has nobody any experience of this digitization method?
    Paul Mason, Nov 4, 2003
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    Tony Guest

    Ive never tried iut but will be soon, its called AV In/DV Out or
    Passthrough. Works well apparently,
    Tony, Nov 4, 2003
  5. Don't most (all?) Digital 8 camcorders play Hi8 tapes directly?
    It would certainly seem by far the best and cheapest way to go
    as you could suck the video in through a cheap firewire port.
    Richard Crowley, Nov 4, 2003
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    Igor Guest

    I have a DCR-TVR730. I use it all the time for exactly the function you

    In fact I retained my Pinnacle analog card in the PC (just in case I needed
    to input the Hi8 tapes I have) but I've not used it in two years now. I
    just put these tapes in the camera and they are transmitted to the PC in DV

    By the way, this particular model of camera also has the ability to take its
    analog input port, digitize it in real time, and output it down the firewire
    link. (They tell me also that this only works on the NTSC camera and not the
    PAL one for some obscure European Union legal issue!!)

    Therefore I can (and do) poke a VCR or DVD output into the camera input and
    digitize it to the PC without ever recording anything on tape. It's a great

    Ian Davis
    IDD Pictures
    Igor, Nov 4, 2003
  7. Paul Mason

    Paul Mason Guest

    Thanks to everyone for your input.

    Paul Mason

    Paul Mason, Nov 4, 2003
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