Playing back analog Hi8 tapes on a Sony/converting analog Hi8 tapesto digital for digital output

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by pfgpowell, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. pfgpowell

    pfgpowell Guest

    I did a lot of research on the net about 3/4 years looking for a
    digital camcorder which would both play my old analog video tapes
    (recorded on a Samsung camcorder) and also convert them to digital
    info to be inputted to my laptop (in my case a Mac Powerbook using
    iMovie, tho it could well have been a Windows XP PC using Moviemaker).
    My 'research' also included asking my local Sony store (which aren't,
    in fact, owned or run by Sony) which Sony digital 8 camcorders would
    do that task.

    I was told that only the TRGV460E and the TRV480E models (plus a third
    model whose number I can't recall) would do what I wanted - they were
    billed as being "backwards compatible" - and I bought a TRV460E. It is
    fine, although it has recently been playing up.

    Because of that I decided to scout around (on eBay and the net
    generally) for another PAL (I live in the UK) TRV460E or,
    alternatively, a TRV480E. Scouting around also included looking
    through various Google groups and I was astonished to find that -
    appatently - a whole range of Sony camcorders, including (this from
    the newsgroup) these models. DCR-TRV240, DCR-TRV340,
    DCR-TRV740, DCR-TRV840, DCR-TRV320, DCR-TRV520, DCR-TRV720, DCR-
    TRV820, DCR-TRV350, DCR-TRV360.

    Apparently they all have a "signal convert function" which does
    exactly what I want: play my old analop tapes and input them digitally
    into a computer. So the range I might have chosen from is a lot bigger
    than I realised.

    But have I misunderstood something? Can anyone set me straight? Once
    again: all I need is a digital camcorder with Firewire (i.e. iLink)
    which will play ANALOG Hi8 tapes and let me input them into iMovie/
    Moviemaker for editing. Your views and advice are very welcome as I am
    looking to replace my TRV460E but I want to be damn sure I don't get
    something I don't want or need. Thanks.
    pfgpowell, Oct 4, 2008
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  2. pfgpowell

    webpa Guest

    To your list add the Digital 8mm DCR-TRV230/330/530E or JE. The first
    two models have a 6.2 cm LCD viewfinder, the '530 has an 8.8 cm.
    Otherwise almost identical. All playback: V8 (Video 8), Hi8, and D8
    (Digital 8). While playing, the video (and audio and time code if
    present) is output on the i-Link (IEEE 1394...FireWire) connector.
    According to the Sony shop repair manual, all these machines were
    available in several varieties, among them: NTSC (US/Canada), PAL
    ("E" suffix, analog & DV line-in recording disabled), Tourist/Hong
    Kong (PAL with analog and DV input enabled: "JE" suffix).

    Having the same need to capture years of V8 and Hi8, I bought a TRV530
    on eBay several years ago. It worked perfectly, and plays the analog
    formats much, MUCH better than the machines that recorded them. As a
    camcorder the '530 is large and clunky, but works very nearly as well
    as my TRV900 in bright light. As things dim, it gets unusable, like
    all 2nd generation single-chip Sonys with their 1/6 inch chip. The
    first generation single-chip D8 camcorders ("200 series") used 1/4
    inch chips and were vastly better in the dark...and have retained
    higher value as well.

    Good luck.
    webpa, Oct 8, 2008
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  3. Hi There,
    I have a model TRV520, Australian model.

    It does the conversion you want.

    I believe that the cameras in Australia had more functions enabled than the
    UK model, things like fire wire in, and record.

    I hope this helps.


    Martin van derPoel, Oct 9, 2008
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