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Old January 29th, 2012, 06:12 AM   #1
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Any one still care about Digital 8?

hello all, I have 4 digital 8 cameras the best one being the DCR-TRV740E it is excellent quality for what it is, there are apparently hacks that will allow more manual pro features also though :) I have noticed how after 11 years since I got my first Digital 8, all the tapes still play flawlessly yet my miniDV I got in 2004 has a lot of drop outs :/, its ashamed that sony did not make a 3-CCD Digital 8, I've seen some people modify cameras before, so I wonder if it would it be possible to put a better lens and 3CCD unit from an old 3CCD sony DV camera of some sort and modify that to work with the Digital 8 as an experiment plus with a bit of know how and electronics skills?? or am I dreaming rubbish!!
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Old January 29th, 2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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Re: Any one still care about Digital 8?

That seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through for a dead video format. I have an old D-8 camera. It sits in my closet, collecting dust. Better to just pick up a new HD camera, IMHO.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: Any one still care about Digital 8?

Digital 8 was DV recorded on an 8mm tape -- the codec, bit rate and such like were identical, interchangeable, with DV. So if you prefer the security (and I'm guessing that's what you are hinting at) of a robust(er) recording format -- you'd be farther ahead to buy a solid performing 3 chip DV camcorder like the PD170. It too uses the same codec and so forth, but the DV tape moves at a higher speed and so offers a more secure recording to tape, DVCam on a miniDV tape -- if you want to go even further, you could buy an external recorder for the camcorder and double record, to both the external storage and to tape.

I think the whole thing an exercise in madness, but if that was your goal, it could be achieved for little money and some time on eBay ...

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Old January 29th, 2012, 11:37 PM   #4
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Re: Any one still care about Digital 8?

I do care. I have about 50 D8 tapes with family memories from about 2000 to 2008 - I need all that transferred to hard drive.

When that's done, camera goes to the museum.

End of an era... time to move on!
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Old January 30th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #5
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Re: Any one still care about Digital 8?

I once futzed with marrying a HV30 for use as a DV recorder on my AF100, to satisfy a client that only wanted DV tape delivery.

Luckily, they saw the light and accepted SD card delivery, and I never had to use the contraption.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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Re: Any one still care about Digital 8?

kevin,

well thats a creative picture!!! Who would a thunk it!!!

I to have 2 digital 8s on the shelf, Have been contemplating archiving the good footage myself and then pass them on with tapes to someone for fun. It still shoots good sd video.

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Old February 13th, 2012, 05:37 AM   #7
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Re: Any one still care about Digital 8?

I do as well. I got a heap of family tapes I took years ago and the FireWire connection on my TRV 350 died so can't capture. Anyone got a cheap D8 they'll ship to Australia?

Edit: Thinking about it, guess I'd need a PAL version :(

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