Hi8 Camcorder with iLink or something?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Hello all,

My dad's old Hi8 camcorder got stolen a while ago and we have dozens of old tapes that I want to put on DVD. I want to use iMovie and iDVD or Final Cut express (will try and see if iMovie is enough for now).

The thing is I really want to buy a MiniDV camcorder too and now will have to buy something to get the Hi8 tapes on my G4. Renting a Hi8 is probably more than buying one... at this point my only solution is to find a Hi8 camcorder (i've seen for 120-200$ on eBay) that hopefully has digital out (if such a thing exists) or have to buy a Hi8 camcorder and somekind of video adapter.

What can you guys recomend as the best way to get Hi8 material into digital? And cheap.



  • Reply 1 of 4
    I think Sony is the only company that makes Digitial8 cameras. I have one. It is backwards compatible with the older, analog 8mm tapes. But be careful, because some of the Digital8 cameras are NOT backwards compatible. Those are thge ones that are only $300. Mine cost me about $650, 6 months ago. I'm at work, so I can't tell you the model number.
  • Reply 1 of 4
    discodisco Posts: 83member
    I would recommend renting one of Sony's Digital8 cameras. These will read analog Hi8 tapes and convert them to digital on the fly via FireWire. Works just like a DV cam would. I archived tons of old footage this way about 2 years ago.

    You may also want to check out the Sony Media Converter or the Formac Studio DV. These will take any analog source and convert them to DV as well.

    Good Luck!
  • Reply 3 of 4
    Quick offshoot question: Is there a device one can use to transfer analog video (i.e.--older VHS home movies) to a G4 into digital format without having to actually play them in a unit which has a firewire out jack? Seems I've seen some such implements on the PC side but not on the Mac side. (I've also seen digital camcorders that have analog inputs so that one can pipe the analog in and it will leave that digital unit through the firewire out jack.) Didn't seem worth starting a new thread for my question. Thanks for your input!
  • Reply 4 of 4
    zozo Posts: 3,117member
    So... will <a href="http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=SVjfzOITeDXfi9w7LhXVx60ezF3HVW5PIVY=?Cat alogCategoryID=KfgKC0%2eNxTMAAADyrI8SfMu_&Dept=dcc &TemplateName=item%2fsy_item_b&ProductID=6EsKC0%2e NxVsAAADy4AsSfMvE&ContentItemPage=" target="_blank">this</a> work for my needs or example?

    Its still a hell of an investment to transcribe a dozen or so tapes... but I guess I can always sell it after Im done with it (at obvious huge loss as usual, but, we shall see...).
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