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Could you please suggest a good/ easy to use/ conversion unit and software. I have a lot of family stuff to convert and others will want me to do the same for them.  I also have a Sony digital 8 camcorder would it also work with the converter since I also have several tapes in a box.
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If your Sony digital 8 camcorder has analogue video and audio inputs you can plug your VCR into it via the RCA inputs. Then you use the Sony iLInk, which is Firewire to go to your computer. You will need a Firewire card on your PC (they're very cheap). If you don't have, or want to buy Firewire -- and your Sony had USB2 out, you can use that.
From there you need some capture software, and once you've captured the video you might want to edit it and put titles on it etc. So it's best to get a capture and edit software -- that also allows you to burn to DVD or save to hard drive -- all in one package. I suggest Ulead Video Studio 11. It costs around
USD$69.95
http://www.ulead.com/runme.htm
There's a bit of a trick with Sony camcorders, you have to read your manual and in the MENU, you have to select to allow it to STREAM.

The other way is to buy a cheap "Grabber", which is really anologue video and audio leads to USB2 connection. Don't pay too much as these are cheap.
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I see some of the A/D converters ranging from 75.00 to a couple thousand dollars.  Some are Bi-directional.  Are you familiar with this hardware?  Some are even offering Hi Def transfer to DVD.  Here is a link to what I am referring to   http://www.usb-ware.com/ads-dvd-xpress-dx2.htm.  

On a slightly different note.  If i used my camcorder as basically the converter would it put a lot of extra strain on the camera gears and such if i were to do a lot of tapes?  Like 10 years worth.  I probably have 50 or more Hi 8 tapes and a virtual library of vhs weddings parties etc.
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The product you linked to looks ok for the price -- plus it has bundled software. It's important that whatever you use, you can 'capture' the input signal -- so somehting like this might be the go.
I don't know what use a bi-directional unit would be.
Firewire is bi-directional, the use being, in audio you capture analogue audio from a microphone take it into the PC and bring back the audio from PC software for monitoring etc.
If you can get it going with your camera -- the problem being that some sofware can't capture this type of video -- it won't stress you digital camera as it's only processing the signal -- no moving parts.

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my questions were not only just answered but explained so that i could understand.  Thanks
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