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Passing through a MiniDV camera will do the trick.
The ADVC110 from Canopus will work.
The ADS Pyro should also work.
Use the forum search above and just type in VHS capture and 8mm capture. That question has been answered over and over again. The forum helpers, Doug, Steve and Bob will probably tell you to get a video capture card (your question sound like you don't have one)for your computer to convert all that film into digital or DV files (they recommend Pyro Link .. look them up on google) and a program like Premiere to control the capture and edit the film.
You plug you old video camera or your VHS tape player into the card inputs, run the program and you are done. almost. See if you have Sonic MyDvd or Windows Movie Maker already on your computer. If so, you don't even need the program.
As an alternative, get a used Digital8 camera on e-bay ($220 - $320). you just get a FireWire cable, connect the camera to the computer and play your 8mm tapes. They get converted automatically into digital files on the computer. Then you can also connect your VHS player to the camera (unique for this model) and play them through too! NO computer board is needed. OK board is cheaper- about $130, but when you're done, you have a camera. Otherwise when you're done, you have a $130 board in the computer you don't need.
Interesting, huh? Hope you get a reply from the guys too. They're smarter than me. I've only captures a few tapes so far, but I think my logic is good.
PS you cannot pass your 8mm video tapes or your VHS tapes through a new MiniDV, as Jim suggested above. Mini DV is, as the name suggests, mini...The tapes are smaller...6mm, so 8mm cassettes don't fit. ALso, the MiniDVs don't have rca or s-video inputs.
> PS you cannot pass your 8mm video tapes or your VHS tapes through a new MiniDV, as Jim suggested above.
You got it wrong, Jim was saying use the camera as A/D convertor by passing the signal from the VHS machine
the camera and into the PC via Firewire.
Go to www.canopus.com and look at the AVDC boxes