How to Convert 8MM Cassettes to DVD

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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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