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05-07-2005 11:49 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Conrod

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I've done a search and the latest info on this subject is over a year old.
I would think technology has changed some since, so I'm asking you experts how to convert 8mm (from a camcorder) to Computer and What Software is best for editing.
What I want to do is organize family videos and heli videos on separate dvd disc and be able to print labels on disc indicating contents and dates.
Thanks in advance for your replys,
Conrad

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05-07-2005 12:10 PM  12 years agoPost 2
Charlie

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You need a TV card. I have a card called TV Wonder, that's how I do mine. There are lots of different TV cards out there, just do a search, you should find lots of them.

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05-07-2005 12:21 PM  12 years agoPost 3
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First you will need software. The industry standard is Adobe Premier, but if you don't have that much cash, you should also consider Ulead MediaStudio Pro. If you're on a real budget and don't need some of the advanced video editing capabilities of either product, Ulead VideoStudio is an excellent alternative.

Next you will need a video capture card. I believe the models from Pinnacle are supported by all of the video editing suites. By supported I mean you can do all of your capturing directly from the video editing application.

If you don't mind having an extra step, I highly recommend the ATI TV Wonder Pro ($50 from CompUSA after a $20 mail-in rebate). It's a full cable tuner, but also comes with a break-out box that contains video and audio inputs. The video editing software will not recognize the capturing capabilities of the card. However, you can use ATI's own software to do the capturing and save it to a file. Then the video editing software can work with the file.

This is no different than having a scanner that Photoshop doesn't recognize, forcing you to use the scanner's capture software and then edit the resulting image file after the fact.

Once you have your hardware and software together, you can record from the camera to the hard drive, edit with the video editing software, and finally burn to DVD in MPEG-2 format. If you get the full Adobe Video Collection, you will have Premier (video editor), After Effects (rendered effects for your video), Audition (great multi-track sound editor), and Encore (DVD mastering software). Highly recommended!

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05-07-2005 07:07 PM  12 years agoPost 4
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Pinaccle Studio

If you are on a budget and have 100 bucks then go this route, it can be found at Circuit City, It is called Pinnancle Studio and the best part is it comes with Pinnacle Studio v.9 and PCI video capture card with 1394 (Firewire), S-Video, and Composite inputs, this is perfect if you don't have a firewaire port and want a Digital Video Camcorder later. Also comes with a 1994 cable which will save you 30 bucks down the road. Good luck.

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05-07-2005 11:40 PM  12 years agoPost 5
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any tv capture card will come with basic software to get you started. Adobe premiere is not for the beginner. I had Ulead videostudio 7 until I got sony vegas 5. Ulead is easy to use and very inexpensive, Plus they'll let you download a trial. I hate ATI anything but just a preference.

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05-08-2005 12:44 PM  12 years agoPost 6
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I hate ATI anything but just a preference.
Hate is a very strong word. How about giving us a reason why you don't like using ATI products instead painting them with such a broad brush.

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05-08-2005 10:41 PM  12 years agoPost 7
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If your not using XP OS you'll be having a 4GB limit on the HD during capture. I started this many years ago converting analog to digital. It was a pain. I had a Pinnacle DC30 Plus with Adobe Premier 5.0 on Win 95. Pinnacle did not support XP for the DC30. To make things easy, I just bought a 3CCD digital camera with an analog past thru to the firewire. Now using XP capture is a breeze. I do miss Adobe but it's an expensive upgrade. Only bad thing is that you do need the additional software packages to produce your video to DVD format. I've used Studio 8 it was OK now it's 9. Now I used the software that came with my camera for capture & edit my stuff and use WinDVD Creator 2 to create my DVD.

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05-08-2005 11:57 PM  12 years agoPost 8
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I'm using XP, so I guess this helps.

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05-09-2005 02:17 AM  12 years agoPost 9
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Are you looking to do just a tape or two, or do you plan to have continuous conversions? If you only have a few, there are places you can have it done at for ~$20. If you don't mind mailing, I could even help you out for a nice tip


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05-09-2005 04:31 AM  12 years agoPost 10
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I hate ATI because when I started out with PC's I bought an ATI card. 32mb. Back then I didn't know much about PC's, the updates were not easy for me to install and very frequent. I went to Nvidia 128 and everything is smooth including the updates. Again, it's all preference. And yes, when your PC doesn't work right because of a specific product, you tend to HATE it.

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05-10-2005 09:28 PM  12 years agoPost 11
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Heliscat

32MB ATI cards is definitely going back a bit! I had a similar experience with nVidia cards a couple of years ago. That's how I ended up with the ATI.

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05-10-2005 10:20 PM  12 years agoPost 12
Conrod

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I think I will just have them done by someone (read pay someone) and then add titles, edit, etc. once they are in digital format. I'll end up getting a digital camcorder to remedy this stuff. My son is 13 and we bought this particular camcorder when he was 2yrs old. Cost 900.00 back then, but we wanted something that would give us quality later on. Don't know what it'll look like after converting to digital.

Any recommendations on Digital Camcorders is more than welcome! Type, manuf., standard disc, mini disc., etc?!?

Thanks,
Conrad

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05-10-2005 10:25 PM  12 years agoPost 13
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The new miniature cameras are nice for their size, but the lens is so small on them that they just don't gather as much light as they should. This leads to all kinds of electronic trickery to get more gain out of the CCD and poorer picture quality.

I like the Canon Elura series, or for a few dollars more, the Optura (30/50/60) series. I have the older version of the Optura Xi and love it! It was worth every penny two years ago. The new Xi is even better.

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05-11-2005 02:02 AM  12 years agoPost 14
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Conrod, I too was in the same boat as you. I started with a Full size
S-VHS camcorder. ($1,500 at least 14-15 years ago). When my daughter was born, my wife wanted a smaller and lighter camcorder, that was 10 years ago. I was going to by a digital camcorder back then but was talk out of it by the salesman. He told me that the digital camcorder are not there yet. Stick to the HI 8mm. Which I did get Sony ($1,000). Camera is still in great shape but converting the analog tapes to digital was killing me. Instead of by a new capture card I just op to by a new 3CCD camcorder with the feature of analog to digital past thru.

I got the Panasonic PV-GS400. It's a 3 CCD Mini DV camcorder. I also use it to convert my analog 8mm to digital format. I had good results with my old tapes to digital. I hope you used the sp mode when you took your movies and used a good tape. Good Luck.
http://www.dvspot.com/reviews/panas...iew/index.shtml
You have to search on the web to see what features you want in the camcorder. Their are also lower models from Panasonic PV-GS 200 & PV-GS120 They all are a 3CCD Mini DV camcorder
The camcorder I really want to get was the Sony DSR-150. It was too heavy and costly.

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