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Transfering hi8 from camcorder to PC

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December 5, 2012 8:33:46 AM

Hi There,

I have an old-school Sony DCR-TRV103 camera that has digital recording on hi8 tapes. I'm trying to transfer the videos from the tapes to my laptop. One laptop is running Windows XP with a firewire port and the other is an ultrabook running Windows 7 (usb ports only).

I'm looking for the most inexpensive way to be able to transfer videos to the laptop. As far as I can tell, the video camera only has a firewire out. I have tried connecting the camcorder directly to my windows XP laptop, and am able to see the camcorder, but I am unable to get the video playing.

Is there someone who can tell me step by step how to transfer the video and what the best laptop to use for this?
December 5, 2012 8:45:18 AM

mine is a panasonic dv almost same as yours, i use all the time firewire port to transfer it via pinnacle studio11 as it can still detect my old handycam.
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