How to convert 8mm video to a cd

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How to convert 8mm video to a cd
The 8mm video cassette was designed for use in compact handheld camcorders. (8mm image by Randy McKown from

The Video8 or 8mm video format is a type of video recording system developed by Sony in the early 1980s as a means of recording high quality video footage to a video cassette small enough to fit into a hand-held camcorder. Although the 8mm video cassettes are substantially smaller than their VHS equivalents, the process of converting 8mm video to a CD is similar to other video conversions.

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Things you need

  • Camcorder
  • RCA to RCA cable
  • Video capture card
  • Sound card with line in socket
  • Blank CD
  • Double RCA to single mini jack adaptor

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    Attach one end of the RCA to RCA connector cable to the appropriate colour sockets on the camcorder. Attach the yellow plug on the other end of the cable to the video input socket on your video capture card. If the video capture card allows it, plug the other RCA plugs into its audio input sockets, otherwise plug them into the line in socket on your sound card using a double RCA to mini jack adaptor.

  2. 2

    Insert the 8mm video cassette into the camcorder and turn it on. Turn on the computer, log in and load your video capture software, such as Windows Movie Maker, iMovie or NeroVision. Advance the video to the appropriate starting point to capture the video. Press "Play" on the camcorder. Press "Record" on the video capture software. When the video has finished, press "Stop" on the video capture software, then "Stop" on the camcorder.

  3. 3

    Save the recorded video. Consult your software's instructions as each program differs. Close the video capture software and load the video conversion software, such as Windows DVD Maker, NeroVision or Roxio.

  4. 4

    Start a new Video CD session and add your saved video file to it. Each program differs, so follow the on-screen instructions to create your video CD.

  5. 5

    Insert a blank CD into your CD burner. Click "Next" or "Burn" to burn the saved 8mm video to CD.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have no camcorder to send the video signal from but there is a VHS player available, you can use an 8mm to VHS adaptor cassette to play the 8mm video in your VCR. This can then transfer the video and audio signal to the computer for recording, or even transfer the signal directly to a DVD recorder if one is available.
  • When recording your video and audio signal, make sure the video capture software is set up to record video from your video capture card and audio from either the video capture card or the line in socket on your sound card, depending on where the audio signal is being sent. Be sure to check that the line in socket is not muted, as this will prevent sound being recorded through the sound card.

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