Video8 / Hi8 video
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Best camera for Video8 tape playback? 04-25-2012, 03:49 PM david151 I have a load of videos (mainly long play) that were recorder on an old Sony Handycam video 8 camcorder (model CCD-FX200E) Obviously these are the old Video8 format so are not even Hi8, or Digital8. Unfortunately I no longer have the original camera that recorded these so am looking for something that will play these back to give me the best playback quality possible for feeding into my ATI all in wonder capture card. From my research I gather it is not a wise choice looking for a video8 camera to do this as playback quality tends to lack quality, therefore I am looking for a suitable Hi8 or Digital8 machine for this task. From other posts on this forum I gather the best Hi8 camera for the job would be one of the following: CCD-TRV62 CCD-TRV65 CCD-TRV66 CCD-TRV70 CCD-TRV72 CCD-TRV82 CCD-TRV85 CCD-TRV87 CCD-TRV99 CCD-TRV101 CCD-TRV615 My other option would be to get a Digital8 machine that will play my tapes. From another forum I found this list: All Sony Digital 8 PAL (UK system) models. Models marked * will play old 8mm analogue PAL recordings made in Standard 8, HI8, in both (SP) and (LP) modes. All models marked * have switchable timebase correction. DCR-TR7000E * DCR-TR7100E * DCR-TR8000E * DCR-TR8100E * DCR-TRV110E * DCR-TRV120E * DCR-TRV125E * DCR-TRV130E DCR-TRV140E DCR-TRV145E DCR-TRV147E DCR-TRV210E * DCR-TRV230E * DCR-TRV235E * DCR-TRV238E * DCR-TRV239E * DCR-TRV240E * DCR-TRV241E * DCR-TRV245E DCR-TRV250E DCR-TRV255E DCR-TRV265E DCR-TRV270E DCR-TRV285E DCR-TRV310E * DCR-TRV320E * DCR-TRV325E * DCR-TRV330E * DCR-TRV340E * DCR-TRV341E * DCR-TRV345E * DCR-TRV355E * DCR-TRV356E * DCR-TRV410E * DCR-TRV420E * DCR-TRV430E * DCR-TRV460E * DCR-TRV461E * DCR-TRV480E * DCR-TRV510E * DCR-TRV520E * DCR-TRV525E * DCR-TRV530E * DCR-TRV620E * DCR-TRV720E * DCR-TRV725E * DCR-TRV730E * DCR-TRV738E * DCR-TRV740E * DCR-TRV820E * DCR-TRV828E * DCR-TRV830E * Obviously I was attracted to the cameras on this list as they have the benefit of being more modern and playing more formats, however when looking at the instruction manual most of them say that the TBC / DNR is only avialable "When you play back tapes recorded in the Hi8/standard 8 system only" Does this mean the DNR / TBC is not available for my standard Video8 tapes? If this is not the case I don't think I would be interested in these models as I definitely want TBC and DNR. I am not really bothered about the digital converters in these cameras to firewire as I just want to go uncompressed into my All In Wonder Card to preserve maximum quality so definitely want something with TBC, DNR and S video with preferably stereo sound output (since I heard some camera models only have mono) What are peoples view on the best camera for my requirements that was available for the European market (as I am in the UK) Thanks Dave 02-21-2017, 05:01 PM enois NOTE: All the following is referred to PAL model. The issue start because I have a DCR-TR7100 and the camera never convinced me; when playing analog tape, the image quality is lower than a recent Hi8 camera, so I have notice that in the menu of Digital8 camera there are no TBC or DNR items. After having read many manuals, I'we found that the following Digital 8 model seems not have TBC/DNR for playing Hi8/8mm analog tape. So these models are not suggestet for capturing analog Hi8/8mm tape. DCR-TR7000E DCR-TR7100E DCR-TRV110E DCR-TRV130E DCR-TRV140E DCR-TRV145E DCR-TRV147E DCR-TRV210E DCR-TRV245E DCR-TRV250E DCR-TRV255E DCR-TRV265E DCR-TRV270E DCR-TRV280E DCR-TRV310E DCR-TRV410E DCR-TRV510E There may be other model witout TBC/DNR, but the others in the list in the firs post marked with * should have the TBC/DNR. Before buy a Digital 8 camera for analog capture, check the manual on internet.