How do I transfer 8mm videos to my computer?

I have alot of home videos and would like to learn to edit and burn them to dvds. My friend suggested microsoft movie maker, but I no longer have the 8mm camcorder. As far as I know, there was only one 8mm camcorder that has a usb cable, the sony trv-480. It is about $400 used. Is this the only device that can do the job?

Asked By: Aubrey W - 5/1/2009
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8mm could be one of two analog formats (Video8 and Hi8) or a digital format (Digital8). If you know which format the videos are in you can get a camcorder that's specific to the format. Some Digital8 camcorders, such as the DCR -TRV480 and DCR-TRV350, were made when the analog formats were still in use and there was... More
Answered By: iridflare - 5/1/2009
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you can get a recording deck. or take it to a local film/video shop they can transfer it for you to digital format for about $50. Good luck.
Answered By: LakersFan - 5/1/2009
i think if u don't have the usb look on google for a place u can mail to so they can transfer the things onto a computer.
Answered By: Somebody - 5/1/2009
Do not use USB to transfer your 8mm videos! The quality will be really poor... More
Answered By: Al G - 5/1/2009
Macs of the last few years have FireWire. Or you could have a "video service" transfer for you... You really don't want to use USB for video import - and you will also need a lot of hard drive space - how much video time are you planning to transfer? Figure 10 gig - 13 gig per hour. Lap top drives usually aren't very... More
Answered By: nisha - 5/2/2009
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