Hi there, this is my first post so please be gentle!
I can see things have moved on since I bought my Canon Hi8 camcorder, but at the time it was the dogs whatsits...honest!
Having found the camcorder case and tapes in the loft recently it was great to see the footage again, so I decided to try and preserve it in a more stable format. I bought a Smart Disk Videosafe capture device with Arcsoft software and while it all works fine I can't believe how poor the quality is. From what I've read here, firewire is the way forward but while my pc is equipped, the Smart Disk is USB. If someome tells me I've wasted my money, I'll gladly take it back and get a refund.
I'm sure I read somewhere that Hi8 tapes will play through a Digital8 format camcorder and presumably that would give me a firewire connection. I do intend to buy a digital camcorder very soon as it made me realise just how much fun 'making movies' can be, especially with the kids more than happy to show off at any opportunity!
Any advice would be gratefully appreciated