How to Copy From a Canon 8mm Camcorder to a Computer

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How to Copy From a Canon 8mm Camcorder to a Computer
Copy from your Canon 8mm camcorder with RCA cables. (Clavija RCA amarilla image by ANTEQUERANUS from

In the 1980s and 1990s, the 8mm format was a popular choice for recording home movies. The format featured many advantages over its predecessor VHS, including a much smaller form factor. During this period, Canon introduced a number of 8mm cameras geared toward consumers to take advantage of this market. Instead of letting these 8mm tapes gather dust, you can copy these tapes from your Canon 8mm camcorder to a computer. The main piece of equipment that you need for this is an analogue to digital converter box, which will convert the signals from your Canon to a signal your computer understands.

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Things you need

  • Canon 8mm camcorder
  • 8mm tape
  • RCA cables
  • Analogue/digital converter box
  • Computer
  • Drive space

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  1. 1

    Plug your video converter into the USB port on your computer.

  2. 2

    Plug the yellow, red and white ends of the RCA cable into the appropriate same-coloured jacks on the side of the Canon camera. Plug the other end of the jacks into the ports on the video converter.

  3. 3

    Start your capture software. What software you use depends on your set-up. If capture software came with your USB device, use that, as it will have the best chance of working seamlessly. Some of the more advanced editing programs, such as Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, will also have support for USB devices bundled into the software.

  4. 4

    Cue the tape in the 8mm Canon to where you want to start the capture.

  5. 5

    Press "Play" on the Canon camera. Click the "Record" or "Capture" button in your video capture software.

  6. 6

    Press "Stop" or "End Capture" in your software program when you have copied the footage you want from your Canon 8mm camcorder to your computer. You can then edit the footage, add transitions, effects and music.

Tips and warnings

  • Follow the instructions that came with your capture device.
  • Ensure that you have plenty of drive space available for capturing videos. In general, one minute of footage takes up approximately 100 MB of space.

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