How to Convert Camcorder Tapes to Digital!

Posted by Ian Stewart on

We understand! You don't want to lose your precious memories from your old camcorder tapes. So how do you go about transferring them to digital copies such as on DVD or USB?

Sony created one of the most successful camcorder brands in history. The Sony handycam! This camcorder was owned by many families capturing home videos of vacations concerts and more. Sony handycams where extremely successful because they were easy to use, small and take great videos. The quick and seamless development of the handycam enabled Sony to become a leader in the camcorder industry. Sony's camcorder market share increased dramatically by the mid-nineties, with at much as 60 percent of the market. By the end of the 90's Sony was the market leader in camcorders.

The Sony 8mm analog and later digital tapes all look the same; having the same size and shaped cartridge and 8mm film strips. But did you know they come in 3 different generations of 8mm, Digital8 and Hi8. The later generations have better recording time and quality than the earlier ones. A SONY Digital8 tape only have a recording time of 40 or 90 minutes, but Hi8 and 8mm can be up to 5 hours long if you use the extended capacity media. And recording time varies depending on how you record the video and how much video information you store on the tape.

There are a couple of different ways you can go about transferring your old VHS tapes to DVD.

1. You could use the RCA output of the camera and feed it to a digital to analog converter through your computer.
2. You could use a FireWire connection to capture the film.
3. Or you could simply use an online service just like your video to DVD. Simply send us your tapes and we'll send them back to you in DVD format. It’s that simple!

To learn more about converting your old camcorder tapes to digital contact us today or visit our shop here.

 

Last Updated: January 2022


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