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Old September 8th, 2017, 04:14 PM   #1
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Will Sony Digital8 player/recorders work when digitising tapes?

I have hundreds of Sony Digital8 tapes and a fair number of Sony Hi8 Tapes. After a catastrophic disaster to my HDDs all my digitised versions of the material on these tapes were lost. So I now need to re-digitise the whole lot as quickly as possible as time has degraded the image and sound quality. The camera I recorded the interview material contained on these tapes and used to digitise them, the Sony DCR-TRV330, is now starting to die. After looking for a replacement option, I found the Sony GV-D200 which looks like it could help my workflow due to not having to turn the camera upside down each time I have to change the tape plus it would fit well on my desk next to all the other essential editing pherphials. So with all that said my question is:
Will a completely refurbished Sony GV-D200 enable me to digitise my Hi8 and Digital8 tapes using the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro? I also have Final Cut Pro 6 which being an older version of editing software could be an option but I prefer using Premiere Pro.
Will I be able to preview what I am digitising and control the device within either of these editing programs? Will it digitise the tapes at a higher quality than using the now 17 year old Sony DCR-TRV330 camera? I use a Sony HVR-M15U to digitise my miniHDV tapes using Premiere Pro and I can control the deck and preview what I'm digitising. Plus, it does a far superior job as far as capturing the quality of video and audio as opposed to using the camera I used to record the material I am now digitising. Will the Sony GV-D200 give me that same ability when digitising Hi8 and Digital8 tapes?
I'm using the Sony HVR-M15U on a Mac Mini with a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 4Gb of RAM and for a Mac with such low Specs it does as good a job as my late 2015 iMac. Will the Sony GV-D200 work as well on this Mac mini as the Sony HVR-M15U?
Any advice, answers or comments would be very much appreciated.
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Old October 31st, 2017, 05:42 AM   #2
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Re: Will Sony Digital8 player/recorders work when digitising tapes?

At least with Edius Pro NLE on a WIN7 PC, the GV-D200 works well for me with Hi8 tapes when connected via IEEE 1394 (aka: firewire, iLink) cable. I cannot speak to how it would work with a MAC.

I can control the player from the NLE and it provides basic TBC and noise reduction capability. Because the tape transport is like that found in a camcorder it is not fast in FWD or REW modes.

One word of caution, Hi8 tapes recorded at LP speed might not track well. This is a common issue with ALL 8mm/Hi8 recordings when played on other than the machine that recorded them.

I don't know the camcorder you mentioned so I cannot compare it. It should do the D8 ok, but I have not touched D8 in many years
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