Hi8 capture using DV analog passthru - No s-vhs on Hi8 but RCA. Look for another camera/player to bo

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by S.B. Weise, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. S.B. Weise

    S.B. Weise Guest

    I have a Sony Video 8 Hi8 camcorder and numerous tapes I'd like to
    digitize. The Sony Hi8 has only RCA outputs. I also have a Sony
    TRV22 miniDV with analog passthru which I can use to "capture" the
    hi8. The first pass doesn't look bad but I now wonder if before I get
    started on the grand process whether I would be better off finding a
    Digital8 or Hi8 camera which has s-vhs out to borrow for the project.
    I'm getting some sense that finding a Digital8 may be the best
    solution as it can read hi8 tapes and will produce the best output.
    Is this the way to go?

    When I am done with those I then have another batch of VHS tapes to
    digitize which I assume just a decent deck will do.

    Thanks for the help!!!

    S.B. Weise, Aug 3, 2003
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  2. Steve,

    Yes, the Hi8 tapes play in the digital8 camcorders. No need to connect with
    cables, and the transfer is via firewire. I still shoot mostly with Hi8 and
    borrow a digital8 occasionally for a capture session.

    PapaJohn \(MVP\), Aug 3, 2003
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    Irwell Guest

    I was considering this approach too, then decided on the Datavideo
    DAC 100. $179 from harmony computers.
    Not only converts the old Hi8 to DV but seems to enhance
    them, some of the Hi8 tapes were ten years old and the colors
    were looking gritty.
    Irwell, Aug 5, 2003
  4. S.B. Weise

    - Guest

    Not all Digital8 model can play analog 8mm/Hi8 tapes.

    Each year fewer of the Digital8 models are able to play 8mm/Hi8 tapes.
    I think that of this year's models only one (the top of the range?) is
    able to do this, so beware if you go down this route.
    -, Aug 5, 2003
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    Irn Mdn Guest

    Based on my personal expereince, D-8 camcoder playingback Video-8
    tapes yielded poorer DV quality when compared to playing the original
    Video-8v camera playing the tape and using Analog passthrough on the
    D-8 to generate DV.

    V-8 Tape in D-8 Camera -> DV out
    worse than
    V-8 Tape in V-8 Camera -> Analog passthrough -> D-8 Camera -> DV-out.
    Irn Mdn, Aug 6, 2003
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    Dean Guest

    How odd. My (limited) experience has been just the opposite!
    Dean, Aug 6, 2003
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