Transfer analog 8mm & VHS to digital

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#1

I would like to transfer some old analog 8mm & VHS to digital (DVD). I’m looking for suggestions on different brands of equipment to use. I’ve read reviews for all sorts of products & so far the best looking thing I’ve found is the Toshiba DR560 1080p. This particular product seems to meet all my needs. It has analog a/v connections & a firewire connection & it’s very affordable. Also this unit can play back DTS audio, which is important to me, because I’m beginning to collect audio in this format. A question that I have about this product that I’m not quite clear on is, does this Toshiba model automatically convert the analog signal to digital, or do I need to purchase a product like this:http://www.cwol.com/firewire/canopus-advc-55.htm
Does this also depend on what kind of device I use to play back the 8mm on? Say I play back the 8mm on a digital camcorder, then I wouldn’t need a converter? However, if I play back the 8mm on an analog camcorder would I then need a converter? Or… is this what the digital a/v connections on the Toshiba are for? I apologize for asking these very green/newbie questions, but it just seems like no matter where I look, product descriptions are often ambiguous & don’t tell me everything I need to know. If there is another band & model out there that works really well, please let me know. I’m very interested to learn what people use. Also, I’d like to know what people think as far as VHS playback devices go. Thanks:)


#2

IT doesn’t matter how you hook it up or what playback device you use, the toshiba (or any dvd recorder) will convet the video to mpeg2 (the standard format for dvd which is a digital format). You do not need an analog to digital converter. Dvd is a digital only format. Certain types of conections support higher resolution but that might not really matter as you are using old low resolution formats. As a general rule, I try to use the best possible conection avalable on both devices. Composite (yellow rca conector) is the lowest, then s-video, then component (red, green and yellow rca conectors). firewire and hdmi are digital signals. If you are using firewire or hdmi, your playback device is converting it to digital before sending the signal. If you use analog like composite or svideo, then the dvd recorder is converting it. Reguardless of what you use or which device converts video, the dvd recorder will convert whatever format you use into an mpeg 2 file.

I’m not really sure what brands of dvd recorder are good, though I seem to recall many buying liteons. You can find user opinions on various dvd recorders here
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdrecorders
There doesn’t seem to be any on that particualr toshiba though. If no one else responds about it, I would try googleing “DR560 1080p review” and or read reviews on newegg (only 3 reviews of this one but its something).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882116125


#3

[QUOTE=ripit;2178991]IT doesn’t matter how you hook it up or what playback device you use, the toshiba (or any dvd recorder) will convet the video to mpeg2 (the standard format for dvd which is a digital format). You do not need an analog to digital converter. Dvd is a digital only format. Certain types of conections support higher resolution but that might not really matter as you are using old low resolution formats. As a general rule, I try to use the best possible conection avalable on both devices. Composite (yellow rca conector) is the lowest, then s-video, then component (red, green and yellow rca conectors). firewire and hdmi are digital signals. If you are using firewire or hdmi, your playback device is converting it to digital before sending the signal. If you use analog like composite or svideo, then the dvd recorder is converting it. Reguardless of what you use or which device converts video, the dvd recorder will convert whatever format you use into an mpeg 2 file.

I’m not really sure what brands of dvd recorder are good, though I seem to recall many buying liteons. You can find user opinions on various dvd recorders here
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdrecorders
There doesn’t seem to be any on that particualr toshiba though. If no one else responds about it, I would try googleing “DR560 1080p review” and or read reviews on newegg (only 3 reviews of this one but its something).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882116125[/QUOTE]

Thanks! I believe that thoroughly answers my questions. Thanks as well for the urls. That comparison page is really helpful, even though the model I’m interested isn’t on there. I should’ve known that newegg would have that model. For anyone else interested… I did read some really good reviews about the Toshiba DR560 1080p here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001415ENM?smid=A1J7WSBJHTGUFA&tag=cnet-ce-mp-20&linkCode=asn
It sounds very reliable & affordable. If anyone else has any thoughts please let me know. I’m still not sure what to use as far as VHS playback. Another thread here on this site suggested JVC for playback of VHS tapes. I’m not sure which model yet, but there seems to be a plentiful supply of JVC players, since the format is almost defunct. If anyone has any suggestions, recommendations, or ideas, please let me know, thanks!:slight_smile:


#4

For quality you want a S-VHS VCR (JVC/Panasonic/Sony), best ones were made around 2000 AFAIK
//Danne


#5

Don’t forget you can get an adapter for VHS-C to VHS so you can use a regular VHS player. 8mm is another story. The adapter is a VHS looking cassette in which you stick the VHS-C tape into.


#6

sorry my response is a few days later but I was browsing new geeky things to buy and noticed a possible solution for your problem

Ion VCR 2 PC Video Conversion System - VCR with USB Cable
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=213622&om_keycode=388565

I don’t know how good of a job it does or what software it may come with but it looks like a simple solution long overdue.