ultramel1987

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Hi

Is there any way (adapter perhaps) that could be used to play / convert a small video camera tape to DVD ?

I usually do that normal VHS tapes, but cannot figure a way to convert the video recorder tapes without using a video camera? is there perhaps an adapter or other device which can be used to accomplish this ?

any advice would be greatly appreciated

thank you
 

oldhat

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Depends on the type of tape. There are adaptors for some models that allow you to play them in a standard vcr.
 

Tim the Techxpert

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Hi There,
It would help if we knew the type of tape. A lot of video cameras used a 4mm tape but some took a small VHS cartridge which is 8mm.
These 8mm devices used to have a normal VHS adapter that they slotted into so that you could play it on a normal VHS machine.
If you have the camera there usually are some RCA out cable or similar that can be used to connect to a video card on your PC to take in the stream and store it.

Regards

Tim
 

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Hi

Is there any way (adapter perhaps) that could be used to play / convert a small video camera tape to DVD ?

I usually do that normal VHS tapes, but cannot figure a way to convert the video recorder tapes without using a video camera? is there perhaps an adapter or other device which can be used to accomplish this ?

any advice would be greatly appreciated

thank you

Your Video Camera should have a playback function to view on a TV or monitor with RCA or HDMI
If you can use something like this
http://www.esquire-shop.co.za/ProductDescription.aspx?id=1779382

or This
http://www.esquire-shop.co.za/ProductDescription.aspx?id=1779380

You won’t get broadcast quality but will be able to record it to your PC or notebook and in turn burn the video to a DVD and they not expensive.

Regards
ESQ
 

chrisc

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Manhattan (Esquire) sell a very good video capture device for about R 300,00. It will capture any analogue video and you can edit thereafter with other software

I thought ponder's answer above was particularly unhelpful, similar to many of the inane comments rushed off without thought on this forum unfortunately
 

ponder

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I thought ponder's answer above was particularly unhelpful, similar to many of the inane comments rushed off without thought on this forum unfortunately

You have no clue what video tape format or camcorder the OP has so a analogue video capture device must be the best answer then? What if the OP has a MiniDV camcorder which in many cases has analogue in/out, usb out & firewire out, how is using a analogue capture card a good idea? It will degrade the quality of the video while it could be directly downloaded as digital content without any conversion.

The OP asked a question but supplied zero useful information wrt to the problem at hand. Something like I have a JVC GR-D50AS camcorder or the tapes have miniDV, VHS-C, Video8, Digital8 etc written on them would have gone a long way in helping to formulate a proper solution.

The question posed is as informative as "My car thingy-magiggy broke, how to fix?"
 

ultramel1987

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Thank you for all the replies and information.

My apologies for not being more specific. I am new to this "field", ie VHS, tape formats etc. I understand that more information is required in order to receive the best possible assistance, so therefore I apologize for not being more specific.

I am unsure as to whether it is a 4mm or 8mm tape, but see that it says "VHS-C" on the tape, and is identical to the tape in this image: http://forum.videohelp.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=476&d=1266694420

I don't have a video camera, and therefore wondered if there was such an adapter in which it could be inserted and where such an adapter could be purchased, in order for it to be played in a VCR.

Thank you once again for all of the information
 

ponder

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I am unsure as to whether it is a 4mm or 8mm tape, but see that it says "VHS-C" on the tape, and is identical to the tape in this image: http://forum.videohelp.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=476&d=1266694420

In that case you will need a VHS-C to VHS adapter to play the tape on a normal VCR. The VCR you will have to connect to a analogue video capture card on your PC as mentioned above.

Looks something like this,
56143009_vhs_c_adapter1.jpg
 
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I have some miniDV tapes lying around without a working camcorder.
Is there anyway for me to get the footage on DVD?
 

ponder

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I have some miniDV tapes lying around without a working camcorder.
Is there anyway for me to get the footage on DVD?

If I could find my firewire cable & charger for the camcorder I could do it for you but they don't want to come out of hiding.

You really need a miniDV camcorder with digital output, analogue output would work but at lower quality.
 

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+1 for what Ponder said here

I recall Pick n Pay Hyper having these on the shelves a while back, as did HiFi Corp - otherwise check BoB or Carbonite; someone may have one.
I had one a few years back but cannot find it anywhere...
 

tRoN

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If I could find my firewire cable & charger for the camcorder I could do it for you but they don't want to come out of hiding.

Aw thanks.
Now I just have to make sure I don't accidentally give you the home porn stuff I recorded ....oops.
Lol.
 

ponder

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Aw thanks.
Now I just have to make sure I don't accidentally give you the home porn stuff I recorded ....oops.
Lol.

Don't worry I'll back that up to Youporn for you :p
 
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