How to Connect an 8Mm Camcorder to a Computer

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How to Connect an 8Mm Camcorder to a Computer
8mm videotape (8mm image by Randy McKown from

There are two basic kinds of 8mm video cameras. One is analogue while the other is digital. Both video cameras are similar in size and use the same size videotapes to record on. The camcorders also have a few different ways of connecting to your computer, at least one of which your PC is sure to have. This gives you multiple options when it comes to importing the data from the video camera. You just need to choose one option.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 8mm camcorder
  • USB cable
  • FireWire cable
  • 3.5mm RCA audio/video cable
  • Computer

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  1. 1

    Inspect the front of your video camera. This is typically where the cable connections are located. Sometimes the connections are available under a small, removable panel.

  2. 2

    Connect the USB data cable into the USB port on the 8mm camcorder. It has a small trident icon next to the connection. Plug the opposite end of the cable into one of the USB ports on your computer.

  3. 3

    Check for a FireWire cable connection on the camera. This has a "Y"-shaped icon next to it. You also want to check your computer for the FireWire connection because not all systems have this port. The port is similar in size to a USB port, but one side is curved and it has the "Y" icon next to it. Plug the FireWire cable into the FireWire ports on both the 8mm camera and computer.

  4. 4

    Insert the 3.5mm end of the RCA audio/video cable into the "Video Line-Out" port on your camera. This is a small connection hole the same size as a headphone jack. Plug the opposite ends of the RCA audio/video cables into your computer's video capture card. This card is typically installed on a computer after purchase and has the same red, white and yellow connection ports as a standard television.

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