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Old Jan 14, 2010, 02:55 AM
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Default How to Convert 8mm Camcorder Tapes to DVD

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[b]8 mm[/b] was a very popular video format in the '80s and '90s, now it has since been replaced by digital video. [b]Hi8 and Digital8 were the 8 mm tape formats[/b]. For people who still have 8 mm tapes with footage they want to keep, converting the tapes to DVDs is the best option. Sending the 8 mm tape out to be converted to DVD can be very expensive. Follow these steps to convert 8 mm tapes to DVD on your own.

Because Video8 and Hi8 are ****og video formats, transferring either to a computer requires digitization. One method is to feed the video signal to an ****og capture card connected to the computer itself.

Another option involves the use of a pass-through adapter, which outputs a digitized video signal in the industry-standard DV format. Many consumer-level MiniDV and Digital8 camcorders have this facility built in. The DV signal can then be fed into a computer equipped with a firewire port. Another method is to use a [b]Digital8 camcorder[/b] (with Video8/Hi8 playback) to transfer to a computer equipped with a firewire port. This is probably a better method due to the advantage of the computer having full control over the camcorder, which is impossible with ****ogue models. Once on a computer, footage can be edited, processed, and transferred to DVD, the Internet, or back to tape. This tutorial will show you detailed step on how to [b]convert 8mm to DVD[/b] all by yourself.

[b]Part 1 Transfer 8mm tapes to computer[/b]

[b]Step 1.[/b] Connect your 8 mm tape player, which can be your 8 mm tape camcorder, to your TV tuner card. The tuner card will work as a video-capturing device when connected to certain devices, such as the 8 mm tape player. Use standard A/V cables or an S-Video cable, whichever your tape player supports, to connect the player to the card.

[b]Step 2.[/b] Run the video-capturing software that came with your TV tuner card. This software will save footage from your 8 mm tapes onto your hard drive. You can also use editing software, such as Avid and Adobe Premiere, to capture the footage.

[b]Step 3.[/b] Insert the 8 mm tape into the 8 mm tape player, and find the spot in the tape where you want to begin the capturing process.

[b]Step 4.[/b] Select either "Options" or "Settings" in the video-capturing software and make sure that the output format, which could also be labeled "capture format," is MPEG-2 because it is best for burning to DVD.

[b]Step 5.[/b] Select "Capture" on the video-capturing software and select "Play" on the 8 mm tape player. When it is finished, the footage from the 8 mm tapes will be on the computer's hard drive.

[b]Part 2 Transfer 8mm tapes to DVD[/b]

[b]Step 1. install and Launch DVD Creator[/b]
After transfer 8mm tapes to computer, please download and install [b]Aimersoft DVD Creator[/b]. You can use it to make some editing, like adjusting video and transition effects, cropping, trimming, customizing DVD menu, etc. DVD Creator can burn 8mm videos to DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW. Generall speaking, DVD-R/RW is more compatible and more widely supported by DVD players. Just check the compatibility of your DVD player and DVD disc you select.

[b]Step 2. Add 8mm video files[/b]
Click on Load Video button or select "Load Video" option under the"File" drop-down menu to add 8mm videos. Drag and drop loaded videos to storyboard below to organize slideshow.

[b]Step 3. Edit videos[/b]
Select a video file in storyboard and click on Edit selected video file button to crop, trim, add watermark, plug in subtitles or adjust video effects, according to your specific request.

[b]Step 4. Burn 8mm video files to DVD[/b]
Click on Burn button to burn 8mm video files to DVD. Before burning, you may select your output options: DVD disc, DVD folder, or ISO file. Also, please set the aspect ratio, etc.

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