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Old September 13th, 2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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where to buy used Hi8 for transfer

hi

I live in Los Angeles, CA. I'm looking for a Hi8 camcorder with a Firewire interface to transfrer Hi8 tapes to digital. Recording video is not a priority at all.

Does anyone know a reputable dealer whom I can contact or does anyone know where I can purchase said camcorder. I do prefer Sony.

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Old September 13th, 2008, 01:08 PM   #2
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I don't think Sony is making Digi8 cameras anymore. You could certainly buy one used on eBay (be careful) or you might take a look at this:

GV-D200 | GV-D200 Digital8<sup></sup> Video Walkman<sup></sup> VCR | Sony | SonyStyle USA
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Old September 13th, 2008, 02:03 PM   #3
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Did Hi8 utilize firewire??? I don't think it did. It's an analogue format, not digital. Digital 8 cameras did, and some were also backwards compatible I think. But if you can find an old Hi8 camera, you'll need to transpose the tapes to digital through a trancoder/deck.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 02:15 PM   #4
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Even though your tapes are Hi-8, you'll need a Digital 8 camcorder to transfer them via firewire. The digi8 will play both, but a Hi-8 won't play a digi8. EBay is probably your best bet to try to find a used one.

B&H still sells the old Video Walkman, which is a Digital 8 deck with firewire, and it will play your Hi-8 tapes.

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Digital 8 & DV VCRs | B&H Photo Video

Personally, I would look for a cheap Digital 8 camera. But the format died almost before it came out, so there aren't all that many of them around.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 04:43 PM   #5
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I'm looking for a Hi8 camcorder with a Firewire interface ...
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Did Hi8 utilize firewire? I don't think it did.
There's no such thing as a Hi8 camcorder with FireWire.

However most (not all, but most) Sony Digital8 camcorders have FireWire, and they can play back Hi8 tapes. The Sony GV-D200 Digital8 deck is probably the best way to go, if you can find one.
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Old September 14th, 2008, 05:21 PM   #6
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I have a lot of old Hi-8 archive tapes of our performances, and fortunately our ancient Sony camera still works. I have been gradually converting them to DVD, using an s-video connection to a DVD recorder. If you don't need to edit the footage then you might consider this approach. Afterwards I just rip the DVD's and store the images on a firewire drive for future use.

If you can't find a digital 8 camera, then this box is a cheap way to go from analog to firewire with a Hi-8 camera: ADS Technologies | Pyro A/V Link Bidirectional | API-558-EFS
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