Convert 8mm Video to DVD

commentsWondering how to get your old 8mm Video Cassette Tapes burned to DVD? There are a few ways I’ve found to do it. This video shows how I transferred my home videos direct to DVD without a computer, using the LINE-IN option on a Magnavox DVD Recorder/VCR.   My old Sharp ViewCam only has one output method: a single port for a 2 plug AV cable (one yellow, one white).   In this video, I show you how to hook up your old camcorder to the DVD recorder, and how to burn the video to DVD on the Magnavox Unit.

If you want a way to get video onto your computer without the Magnavox ZV427MG9; I have a follow up video in the works, that shows you what gadget I used to hook my old 8mm camcorder directly to my computer, to edit and THEN burn to DVD on my PC

If you want a way to get video onto your computer without the Magnavox ZV427MG9; I have a follow up video in the works, that shows you what gadget I used to hook my old 8mm camcorder directly to my computer, to edit and THEN burn to DVD on my PC

I hope this helps you back up your family memories to a more durable format!

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5 Comments Convert 8mm Video to DVD

  1. Debbie

    Hello. I found your video on converting 8 mm tapes to DVD very helpful. It was exactly what I wanted to know about making the conversion quickly and conveniently. If in the future, I wanted to play around with the DVDs and edit them and make more sophisticated movies on my computer, would this DVD – R format allow me to do that? Will the disc let me go in and edit it or transfer some of that information to another platform where I can edit?

    Thank you.

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    1. Mimi

      Hi Debbie, I’m delighted the video was helpful to you! Thank you for saying so!

      In order to edit, add titles and music to the video on the DVD-R: you can do that on your computer with a video editing program. You may already have one on your system. They often come free, pre-loaded in your computer. Often, video cameras come with free software for editing the video you shoot. To name a few: iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Elements, Pinnacle Studio, Corel Video Studio, Sony Movie Studio. These should work well for beginners.

      I’ve used Windows Movie Maker (free) and Adobe Premiere Elements (under $100) when I first started editing video and found them to be a lot of fun, and easy to use. If you find that you love doing it, you can always spend more $ later on advanced software. But if it’s too complicated, it could sour you on the entire process and make you give up too soon. We don’t want that!

      So what you will do, is download (or find already on your computer) an inexpensive video editing program, and then pop that DVD-R that you made into your computer. You won’t actually change the video on the DVD. You will just copy the footage onto your computer, and then start to cut it into clips that you want to keep, organize it into chapters, add music and titles, captions, etc. And then you will save the new version onto another DVD. If you have a DVD burner on your computer, (most desktops have this) you can burn your new movie onto another DVD, or make multiple copies to give to family and friends!

      I hope this helps. If you have more questions, I promise to answer more promptly in the future!
      Mimi

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  2. Christy

    I just came across the tutorial on converting your 8mm tapes to DVD, but I wondered if you have done the follow up on how to just get them straight to your computer as a digital file without transferring to dvd first. I looked into a business to do this for me and it’s $10 per tape. I have over 20, so that is not an economical way to go! Thanks!

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  3. Carol

    Your video on transferring my 8mm tapes via my old Sharp viewcam and a VCR/DVD recorder or my camcorder not need a battery f sounds like just what I need. But you did not say if I would need to purchase a battery for my camcorder. Since it is hooked directly to the VCR/DVD player and not through the charger as before. I assume I do not need the battery. Am I correct?

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    1. Mimi

      Hi Carol, yes you are correct as long as you can plug the camcorder into an electrical outlet. My battery no longer holds a charge, but I can still power the camcorder by the power cord. I will not be powered by the DVD player though. As far as I know, the camcorder needs its own power source, whether it is by battery or AC outlet. If you don’t have a power cord: I find that you can always find replacement parts (such as power cords) on eBay for almost anything!

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