How to Transfer Hi8 to PC

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How to Transfer Hi8 to PC
A standard camcorder. (view finder on camcorder image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Transferring a home movie from a Hi8 cassette tape to a PC is great for those of us who want to share our videos with our families online, on a CD/DVD or even just to keep them organised. Its easy to transfer videos from a camcorder that doesn't connect directly to a computer system. Once you have transferred your videos to your PC, you open up a world of possibilities--sharing, editing, turning videos into clips, creating titles and chapters; the sky is the limit.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Hi8 camcorder
  • Hi8 tape
  • PC
  • Video capture card

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase a USB video capture device.

  2. 2

    Follow the instructions, depending on what device you choose, to set it up on your PC.

  3. 3

    Install the software that came with your device.

    How to Transfer Hi8 to PC
    A CD/DVD (compact disc image by tim Elliott from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Connect the video-out cable from your camera to the video capture device.

    How to Transfer Hi8 to PC
    Standard video cables (video image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Rewind the Hi8 tape in the camera.

    How to Transfer Hi8 to PC
    Rewind. (rewind icon. (with clipping path) image by Andrey Zyk from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Start the software and click on "Start Capturing."

  7. 7

    Press "Play" on the camcorder to start recording.

  8. 8

    Press "Stop" on both the camcorder and software when the video or clip is complete.

  9. 9

    Name and save your new digital video file.

    How to Transfer Hi8 to PC
    Don't forget to save. (floppy image by haruspex from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Try not to use your computer while recording the video; if the computer slows down, you can sometimes reduce the quality of the video.
  • Choose the file type you decide to save as wisely. Some file types only work with certain software and services.

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