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    Default HI8 to PC

    Hi all,

    New here.


    I've got some old 8mm and HI8 tapes.
    Camcorder long gone.
    Took the advice from one of the posts here,
    got a digital 8 camcorder.
    When I put a HI8 tape in the machine it plays ok,
    while transfering it to PC via firewire, windows movie maker stops responding.
    If I record a bit of footage that transfers ok,
    any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

    Hitachi VM-D865LE Pal
    Windows Vista Home Premium SP2.

    cheers.

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    No idea what your doing wrong, but, if you try to capture footage from a new recording made by the camera does it work ?

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    Hi Shrimpfarmer,

    If I record over the beginning of an HI8 tape.
    that imports ok until it gets to the old recording.
    then the camera displays auto sensing,
    and justs plays the footage.

    cheers.

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    Well, I have no idea what I am about to suggest is correct or not but it is what was in my mind when I read your post.

    Could it be that your old tapes are analogue whilst a firewire connection is a digital transfer therefore when it reads the analog signal it has absolutely no idea what the information is? I think you probably need to capture using a traditional capture card that can handle an anologue signal.

    A work around would be to record your old tapes to DVD on a DVD recorder. Most of these have inputs to accept analogue output. You could then rip the DVD into your PC and edit the VOB file if your editing suite supports that format.

    Hopefully someone who knows more than us will jumpy into this thread and confirm or tear up my thoughts on why your old tapes won't import via firewire.

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    Hi all,

    I've downloaded some free trial software, premiere, avs, ect,
    all of which stop working while trying to capture.
    I had a copy of virtualdub on the comp,
    so I tried that.
    It captures but the capture is pixelated,
    any ideas whats causing this.

    cheers.

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    If by pixelated you mean the picture is unrecognisable then I think it proves my theory. The computer is expecting a digital image but is being fed analog and the glitches are it having a fit.

    Looks like you need to go the copy to DVD route. Funny that, I have just encountered the same problem as I need to capture old Hi 8 tapes shot by my father in law. I will use my DVD deck.

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    Hi shrimpfarmer,

    Looks that way, I'll have to buy a deck as well now.
    Thats a pain.

    cheers.

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