Sony 8mm Camcorder

How do I convert 8mm tapes to DVD with a non working camcorder?

im trying to transfer them for my mom but our camcorder doesnt work.

Hi Chandler:

What Y!A Contributor "Iridflare" said is only partially true. If you can't get your camcorder working, and don't know of a friend with a similar 8mm camera or player, you can still go to one of many camera stores or electronics dealers which have "tape to DVD" transfer services. There are also "service bureaus" that rent do-it-yourself editing bays or provide full turnkey dubbing services (similar to the way FedEx Office/Kinko's rents their PC workstations).

At Walmart, Fry's Electronics, and some major camera chains I have seen (and bought for others) pre-paid mailer kits for 8mm-to-DVD and miniDV-to-DVD transfer services. With 8mm (including also Hi8 and Digital8 formats) becoming a "dinosaur" format, I have even found close-out bargain prices marked on remaining pre-paid mailers on some retailers' shelves.

You can also shop-around online (try a Yahoo!Search for "tape transfer DVD" keywords) and find some more resources. Most wedding video/photographers would be able to handle such a request.

Otherwise, you can do what I did about a year ago & shop on eBay for one of Sony's 8mm VCRs (used) being sold-off from a school or company media department. There are other brands available (and make sure you know whether your camcorder shot in analog "Video8" or "Hi8", or in the newer digital-only "Digital8" format), just double-check the compatibility with what tapes you have.

hope this helps,
--Dennis C.

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