Converting 8 mm cassettes to DVD can be done fairly easily in your own home. It takes a little bit of time, but it's worth it to be able to copy your old 8 mm footage onto a more permanent digital format.
Things You'll Need
- 8 mm cassette player
- Digital video camcorder
- Digital video capture software
- DVD burning software
Connect your 8 mm cassette player to a digital camcorder. Check what kind of outputs are coming from your 8 mm cassette player and what kind of inputs can go into your digital camcorder. Purchase the proper cord.
Connect your digital camcorder to your computer's FireWire port, also known as the IEEE 1394 port.
Set your camcorder on Playback or VCR mode and press "Play" on your 8 mm cassette player. You should see the footage from your cassette on your camcorder's display screen.
Load your digital video capturing software and press "Record" to begin capturing video. If you do not already have video capture software, download a free program, such as VirtualDub. See the Resources section for a link.
Burn the captured files to a DVD using software, such as Roxio or Nero. If you do not have any DVD burning software installed on your computer, use a free program, such as CDBurnerXP. See the Resources section for a link.
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