Connecting a Hi8 Camcorder to a PC

Written by catherine johnson
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You have finally managed to accumulate useful footage on your Hi8 camcorder and you’d like to edit and burn it to DVD or share it with others through the web. But first you have to set up and connect your Hi8 camcorder to your PC, a process that can be intimidating. Fortunately, it is a breeze to set up if you have the right equipment. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get your video footage into your computer.

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Things you need

  • Hi8 camcorder
  • PC computer
  • Video capture device like Dazzle device from Pinnacle Software
  • Video cable

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  1. 1

    Check to see what type of output jack you have on your Hi8 camcorder. The most common type is usually an S-video and/or an A/V outlet. Check your camcorder’s owner manual if you’re not sure what type it is.

  2. 2

    Find a video capture device that will connect to your computer through a USB and will convert the Hi8 analogue video to a digital file that you can use on your computer. The Dazzle device from Pinnacle Software is a commonly used device. There are many other devices also available if you head to your local computer or electronics store.

  3. 3

    Once you get the video capture device, check its input jacks. If you’re not sure what type of jack your model uses, check the owner’s manual.

  4. 4

    Get a cable that has the type of output jack from your camcorder and the input jack from your video capture device on each end. Connect the camcorder and the video capture device with the cable.

  5. 5

    Connect the video capture device to your PC through the USB. Launch the software that comes with the video capture device. Once you prepare and adjust the settings to your preferences, press “Play” on the camcorder and hit “Record” on the software.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're not sure what type of jacks you have on either the camcorder or the video capture device, be sure to consult the owner's manual or the company's website or support division.
  • You should be able to manipulate, edit, and work with video footage with the standard movie application that comes on your Windows computer.

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