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How to record my hi-8 tapes from camcorder to laptop?

Jan 4, 2013 6:20 PM

Tags: #connection #firewire #camcorder #trv310

I have read title "Full screen playing of video from camera on laptop" and all answers.

I think I have same problem. However, user said he solved problem by installating program MyScreenCam.

I did same actually, I mean, I installed same program and its workin full screen by using my laptops camera fine.

However, thats not I want, what I want to do is, using my camcorder as webcam.

That program does not see my camcorder. My Laptop has firewire 4pin and I have suitable cable.

Camcorder itself also have firewire connection but when I connect to laptop, nothings happen.

My camcorder is Sony trv310 and As known, old program DV Gate plus does not work with win7.

Sony customer service could not help me since I called them 2 times.

I have bunch of hi-8 tapes and I want to record those tapes into computer.

Can anybody help me best way to get same or best quality from camcorder tape to computer?

I see there are some cables online fireware (1394) to usb which I dont think I can get clear video with that.

Is there any other cable like a/v cables (yellow-red-white) cable to fireware?

Please some help. Thanks

 
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    Jan 4, 2013 6:32 PM   in reply to reachist

    Connect the camera to the machine using FireWire.  Open Premiere Pro and capture using it's Capture window (F5).

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 8:30 PM   in reply to reachist

    Broken firewire port on camera? It happens.

     

    If you can find another DV camera, you can test the cables and laptop ports.

     
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    Jan 5, 2013 1:32 AM   in reply to reachist

    Hi-8 material is analog. You need to output from the camera to a Grass Valley ADVC or similar and from the ADVC over firewire to the computer to capture digital material.

     
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    Jan 5, 2013 2:50 AM   in reply to Harm Millaard

    Or a Digital 8 camera that can play Hi-8 tapes.

     
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    Jan 5, 2013 9:27 AM   in reply to reachist

    :Laptop does not recognize my camcorder.

     

    There's your issue.  You need to solve that first.

     
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    Jan 5, 2013 9:28 AM   in reply to Harm Millaard
    Hi-8 material is analog.

     

    True, but that model camera is actually Digital 8.

     
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    Jan 6, 2013 4:25 PM   in reply to reachist

    Instead of buying another camera, you might want to get a converter like the Grass Valley ADVC110 (http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc110). I have an earlier version of it and use it to capture Hi-8 tapes, VHS, V8 tapes, etc. by hooking up through RCA cables, then connecting the 110 via Firewire to the computer. I have done over a 100 analogue tapes via this method. Part of the advantage, is that the converter digitizes and stabilizes the analogue picture before it is sent to the computer via the Firewire. Of course, your computer requires a Firewore port as well.

     
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    Jan 7, 2013 12:07 PM   in reply to reachist

    I actually use an older v ersion - Canopus ADVC 300 - and results are quite good. The newer comparable, I expect, is the Grass Valley ADVC 110. Quality is as good as copying a video tape to another tape, if not better. It is quite stable, because of a built-in time base corrector, or something like it. You might be able to obtain the Canopus ADVC 300 over e-bay, but the GV ADVC 110 looks like the old ADVC 300. The ADVC 100 you talk about is probably the old Canopus ADVC 100, which is not as good as the 300. I would opt for the new ADVC 110, or the older ADVC 300 that may be available on e-bay.

     
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    Jan 7, 2013 7:21 PM   in reply to reachist

    I have a device made by ADS called pyro A/V link.  It has red, white, and yellow RCA plug input and a firewire output.    I used it for copying about 80 Hi-8 tapes into my desktop.   I used PP in the capture mode.   I have an older unit, however I see the new unit listed on Amazon for about $35.   I paid $100 for mine.  It was worth every penny for the time it saved in in capturing those tapes.   Before you buy it, check out the specs to make sure the firewire output on the back is compatable with your laptop.   You will have to go to the ADS website to verify everything.  

    Simple to set up.   Just plug in all the wires, Press F5 after you set up PP.   When you see the captured picture, press F5.  Depending upon the features of your Hi-8 camera, you may not have the time recorded.   If not, you will have to stop so often and re-start so you can have a new clip.   If you have a recent camera, and the time is recorded, this will not be a problem as PP will generate new clips for you.    I had both kinds of cameras to deal with.  

    Duane

     
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    Jan 8, 2013 11:51 AM   in reply to reachist

    I suggest you get a second hand Sony dcr trv 310 like you have now or a similar D8 camera that can play Hi-8 tapes.

    Your camera connect straight to the pc. The camera is the converter. Imo no need to go for a GrassValley if its just for the Hi-8 tapes

    RCA cable give you less quality then over firewire.

     
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    Jan 8, 2013 11:55 AM   in reply to Ann Bens

    I used to use a Sony TRV 330 with connections to PPro via Firewire. While the analogue tapes captured, the stability of the capture leaved something to desire. Hence, I purchased the Grass Valley converter, the cost of which is about the same as a new camera. I found the converter able to provide a more stable digital video for PrPro. Just one person's experience.

     
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    Jan 8, 2013 11:58 AM   in reply to cvid01

    I still have a 210 and never experienced faulty captures.

     
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    Jan 8, 2013 2:02 PM   in reply to reachist

    The 1394 driver installed for Windows 7 doesn't recognize all devices. I don't have the exact steps available, but if you know your way around "Device Manager" at all, go to "1394" and "Update Driver" and choose the option to "Select from list" and you should see 3 options available. Try "Legacy" and see what happens. Try all 3, you can always switch back and forth, nothing lost.

     

    Jeff Pulera

    Safe Harbor Computers

     
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    Jan 15, 2013 3:02 PM   in reply to reachist

    I have used this same type of camera and could not get the firewire to work. Had to go into the menu setup and enable firewire output from analog input.  I also use windv to capture all my HI 8 tapes

    onto my computer.

     
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    Jan 15, 2013 9:59 PM   in reply to reachist

    To his health.... and the mum's recovery. Bravo!

     
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