Have you stacks of old 8mm and 16mm camcorder tapes you never look at? They sometimes remind us of the past so we sould love to share with our children and friends? So we can convert our 8mm tapes on DVD. If we send our 8mm tapes out to be converted to DVD, it will cost about £12.50 - Single DVD holding up to two hours of video. Too expensive! This tutorial I'll explain the detail steps to transfer/convert 8 mm tapes to DVD totally by your own.
8 mm was a very popular video format in the '80s and '90s, now it has since been replaced by digital video. Hi8 and Digital8 were the 8 mm tape formats.
Because Video8 and Hi8 are analog video formats, transferring either to a computer requires digitization:
- Feed the video signal to an analog capture card connected to the computer itself.
- Use 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.
- Use a Digital8 camcorder (with Video8/Hi8 playback) to transfer to a computer equipped with a firewire port. I recommend this method, it is better due to the advantage of the computer having full control over the camcorder, which is impossible with analogue models. Once on a computer, footage can be edited, processed, and transferred to DVD, the Internet, or back to tape.
How to transfer 8mm film to DVD, hi8 to DVD, 16mm to DVD, camcorder tapes to DVD by yourselef.
Part 1: Transfer 8mm tapes to computer
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Part 2: Convert and burn 8mm camcorder tapes to DVD
After transferring 8 mm film to computer, use a DVD Burner software to transfer 8mm video to DVD.
HD DVD Burner is the best choice to convert and burn 8mm to DVD Conversion equipment. This 8mm DVD Transfer can not only convert 8mm to DVD, but also easily burn TOD to DVD, MOD to DVD, AVCHD camcorder to DVD, and also convert Camcorder tapes like VHS to DVD, 8mm to DVD, Mini DV to DVD. This DVD Creation tool can also burn music MP3 to DVD, video files like AVI, WMV, MP4 to DVD, make movies from photos, camcorders.
- Free download 8mm to DVD Transfer(Windows Version,Mac Version), then install and luanch it on your computer.
- Load 8mm videos
Add 8mm video files by clicking the Load Video button. Then drag-and-drop loaded videos to storyboard below to organize slideshow.
- Edit 8mm video files
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.
- Burn 8mm camcorder to DVD
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.
Soon you will be done with transferring 8mm tapes to DVD.
What is 8mm film :
8mm Video Format (official name: Video8) is an analog video recording format for the consumer televisions (NTSC and PAL.) In 1983, Sony of Japan introduced the Handycam, one of the first Video8 cameras. 8mm camcorders use a small video cassette with longer playing time and slightly better sound than VHS. These are the original Video8 (analog) format and its improved successor Hi8 (both analog and digital), as well as a more recent digital format known as Digital8.
Hi8 (high-band 8mm): A higher quality version of the 8mm videotape format. Uses a higher luminance resolution to produce a sharper picture than regular 8mm videotape.
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