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    I recently posted a saga about capturing from VHS. I won't go through the whole thing, but there were problems with the capture that sound something like yours. The solution came down to putting a DVD recorder between the play deck and the capture device to (presumably) act as a time frame corrector. Perhaps you could scour the second hand stores near you for a cheap DVD recorder and try that.

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    hi thanks for reply.
    so you are saying camcorder playing the 8mm connected to dvd recorder,which is then connected to the capture device?
    ill try that

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonsomosley View Post
    hi thanks for reply.
    so you are saying camcorder playing the 8mm connected to dvd recorder,which is then connected to the capture device?
    ill try that
    That's my suggestion. In my case my Hi8 camcorder worked fine connected directly to the capture device but from my pro VHS deck the signal was unstable and unusable. The signal from the VHS directly to my TV looked fine, so that's analogous to how the signal in your camcorder's display looked good.

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    hi again,thanks for ur reply,reall thought that would work.but same problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonsomosley View Post
    hi again,thanks for ur reply,reall thought that would work.but same problem
    I was also hopeful. Sorry it didn't work.

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    have you tried switching it off... and back on
    'No longer are the pleasures of Home Movie Making limited to those with ample funds. Now the man and woman of moderate means can join the sport'..... Kodak catalogue 1933

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    I know itís a pretty old thread, but just in case the OP comes back. I had a lot of problems transferring 8mm tape to PC, I tried several capture cards and external devices and they all would produce a signal the PC could record for a few seconds and then it would turn to static, though the camcorder would still be showing a picture.

    The solution I found was a Canopus ADVC device, which connected by firewire to my PC. This converted the analogue output of the camcorder into a digital signal which recorded fine (I think I used windv on windows xp). It cost about 10x as much as the other solutions I had tried, but it could translate my tapes which the other devices (Hauppauge and the like) could not.
    Last edited by Ratfink; 11-19-2019 at 09:47 PM.

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    hiya,thanks for reply.
    i dont have a firewire connection on the camcorder tho.
    that snookers me on that solution,right?

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    If you have FireWire on your camcorder you can connect it direct to a PC (with a corresponding FireWire port of course).
    The advc device has RCA jacks to connect your old analogue camcorder, and converts the analogue input from that into a digital video signal that it sends out the FireWire port. So as far as your PC is concerned itís getting digital video, which say WinDV can easily record. The advc cleans up the signal and (for me) completely eliminated the problem I had with recording working for a few seconds and then the pc losing the signal when there was any tape glitch, which I had with various devices from Hauppauge and the like.

    I canít quite remember which my advc device was, it was one of the cheaper ones, I think advc 110.

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