Question about non digital camcorder vs. digital camcorder

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by leeana, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. leeana

    leeana Guest

    Probably a stupid question, I know, but is there anyway to use a non
    digital camcorder (8mm) to post videos on youtube,etc? Thanks in
    advance!
     
    leeana, Sep 10, 2007
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    powrwrap Guest

    Not without some device to convert the analog 8mm recording to digital
    format. Your options are a separate analog to digital video converter
    box (i.e. Canopus ADVC55), a video capture card that goes into an
    empty slot in your computer (i.e. Leadtek WinFast TV2000), or using a
    digital camcorder with a pass-through converter function.
     
    powrwrap, Sep 10, 2007
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    leeana Guest

    Would this item work?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Easycap-USB-2-0...oryZ3761QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
     
    leeana, Sep 10, 2007
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  4. leeana

    David McCall Guest

    Yes, but you have to convert it to digital first.

    You can buy capture cards and USB and "firewire" devices
    that will take analog in and save it as a digital file. They come
    in many flavors from under $200 to well over $5000.
    Some of the best "prosumer level" devices are made by
    a company called Canopus.

    A more practical aproach for some is to buy a DV camcorder
    and use that instead. At minimum you have to pick a camcorder
    that can record from an analog source (VHS, 8mm, etc.).
    You would copy your 8mm to the DV tape and then transfer the
    digital information from the camcorder to the computer using
    the firewire connection (also known as iLink or IEEE 1394).

    Some camcorders have what they call pass-through. That will
    allow you to connect an analog source to the camcorder and
    transfer it directly to the computer just as you would with a
    stand alone USB or Firewire device.

    David
     
    David McCall, Sep 10, 2007
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  5. leeana

    leeana Guest

    So it would be less expensive to purchase a digital camcorder than to
    mess with all this probably, right?
     
    leeana, Sep 10, 2007
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  6. leeana

    David McCall Guest

    Not necessarily. Clearly the $16 device you found is a lot cheaper
    than a camcorder, but I can't speak to it's quality. The advantage of
    using a camcorder is that you can shoot your future videos with it.

    David
     
    David McCall, Sep 10, 2007
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    GMAN Guest

    We are talking Youtube here, i dont think quality is an issue here.
     
    GMAN, Sep 10, 2007
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    TJ Guest

    If you have a small digial camera that takes video clips, play the tape back
    through the TV on the camcorder and record the tv screen on the digi cam
    close up, will be far good enough for you tube and certainly better than
    some of those cell phone clips ive seen!
     
    TJ, Sep 10, 2007
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    powrwrap Guest

    Would it work? Probably. But it would likely be slow and the picture
    quality wouldn't be the best.

    If you're only planning on converting a couple of short video bits you
    might like it. But if you plan on working with a lot of video I'd
    probably opt for something else. Of course, $16.95 isn't that great of
    a risk, especially if you can return it if you're not pleased with it.
     
    powrwrap, Sep 10, 2007
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