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By frybrian ·
I have a Sony 460 8mm Video Camera. How do I connect the camera to my PC Running Windows XP to use "Movie Maker". There does not appear to be a USB connector with the camera.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Connect Anolog Video Cam ...

You need a video card with analog connectors. I use an ATI All-In-Wonder card with video and s-video connectors.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Connect Anolog Video Cam ...

Thanks for the video card choice.

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by TheChas In reply to Connect Anolog Video Cam ...

Most regular 8MM cameras do not have digital outputs. The digital 8MM cameras usually do. However, the connector on the camera will not look like a standard USB conector.

The first respondand is partially correct. Your best bet may be a video capture card. Not all video cards with analog connectors can perform the capture function. Many only have video outputs.

First, check with Sony and see if they offer an adapter cable. It may have been an acessory, and not a standard item for thecamera.

If that doesn't work, one source for capture cards is Dazzle. The particular card and features you wnat will depend on your intended use, and your pocketbook.

Be advised that digital video chews up hard drive space very fast. If you have less than 10GB free drive space, I would factor a new drive into the project cost.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Connect Anolog Video Cam ...

Thanks for the reply. I beleive that Bbuy stock the video capture cards.

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by Bob Sellman In reply to Connect Anolog Video Cam ...

If you expect to do a reasonable amount of video editing with your PC, I would suggest purchasing a Sony Digital8 camera. The advantages are many and you can get them new for about $500-600 (or a lot more, of course). The advantage is that the Sony Digital8 cameras will also play back 8mm and Hi band 8 tapes with a digital output.

Digital is transferred through a firewire (or IEEE1394) port, which you probably don't have on your computer. The best and least expensive way to add a firewireport is, believe it or not, purchase a new sound card, specifically the new Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy. All Audigy cards have a firewire port as well as better sound than other cards. The cheapest (which is installed on my new P4 WinXP computer) is available for under $80.

While the video card input mentioned above can be used, the new camera and card with firewire port will give much better and easily used results.

And I must re-emphasize the comment in answer #2. Digital videorequires about 4 gig for 15-16 minutes. It's good to have a separate hard drive to use for most of your video files, and it should be at least 80-100 gig in size.

And Windows 2000 or Windows XP is an absolute necessity for longer videos, since 4gig is the max file size for Win 9X/ME. (I recently created an 80 minute edited video that resulted in a 17 gig file for the edited video.)

Just as an aside...if you want a full featured video editing program, try Video Deluxe (www.magix.com).It's only $50, but does almost everything but make the coffee. (I found out about it because I use the far more expensive Samplitude Master for professional digital audio editing and CD production.)

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Connect Anolog Video Cam ...

Thanks for the great insights into hard drive size. I really do need to upgrade!

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