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8mm playback skips/sratchy sound

By wil ·
I have a couple of 8mm tapes that I want to convert to DVD. I'm using a Sony Handycam to look through the 8mm videos, but I noticed that the sound was skipping and sometimes could not even be heard. The video works perfectly fine, only the audio has the problem. It seems that every time a loud sound come on, it skips or completely stops. Some videos that have low sound work fine at that section, but when a section with high sound comes one, it skips or cannot be heard.

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by saihib In reply to 8mm playback skips/sratch ...

What's your question.

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by wil In reply to

Please read my added comment. Thank you.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to 8mm playback skips/sratch ...

wow. audio. sgt loves to talk thru hat about a/v. there is tons of pickiness with audio. google to find some interesting reading at user forums in support of say, studio pro or soundforge....
if your stuff got recorded too 'hot' i am told you are stuck. if your hd or soundcard can't keep up with capturing then maybe you can do something about it. what sound editing package are you using? are you using a drive sufficiently fast as destination? hd has to be very fast and defragged...scsi is still preferred firewire works but that is to give you feel for how picky it is. how much ram and how is system performance in general?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

ho Hal, you talk thru hat better than Sgt. 400 gb firewire will work fine. also normal eide will work fine if faster kind and not too demanding audio to capture. SATA work great! scsi used not only for speed, also for multiple channels, which is something audio can have...anytype of drive can become so fragmented or full it won't work...dropouts in sound is a hallmark of this problem. if you are experiencing weird speedups and slowdowns, look to your audio card drivers. you must be going from tape deck to sound card, yes?
oh hal, most video projects 40gb range. so 400gb sata will hold several...

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by wil In reply to

Please read my added comment. Thank you.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to 8mm playback skips/sratch ...

Don't forget not only do you need extremely fast transfer rates but for a Unprocessed Video File you need massive amounts of Disc Space as well so while a 400 GIG SATA might be big enough it's unlikely to be fast enough to capture all the images and sound which incidentally is on the side of the film so you need to have a look at the sound track to see if it's actually damaged or just badly recorded. If it's the latter you can hardly be expected to fix up what was made wrong in the first place but with the right audio software you can make it slightly better although not perfect.

I would agree the faster Firewire would be the best the 800 Speed not the older 400 unit but you'll need a device with a Firewire connection to send it to the computer as well as a Firewire connection at the computer.

Once you have paid for all the necessary hardware you then need to set aside several hours/days/weeks to process the video & audio the better that you want it the longer you'll need to spend allowing the computer to grind away changing things.

I don't know if this is of any use but the Professionals take several weeks to make a 30 second commercial Advert once they have the Raw Digital Video and Audio naturally it takes much longer if you are starting with Analog.

Oh by the way you'll need lots of Processing Power and RAM to do this in a reasonable time frame so something like a Pentium Extreme and 4 GIG of RAM would be a minimum starting point if you are wasting your time working in Windows and it would be marvelous to have that level of hardware to run in any Nix and Professional Video Editing Program. It might only take 1 day to do 10 seconds of editing and conversion.

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by wil In reply to

Please read my added comment. Thank you.

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by wil In reply to 8mm playback skips/sratch ...

I'm sorry for all the confusion and thank you for all your comments.

The situation is like this; I'm playing the 8mm tapes on a Sony Handycam, not connected to a PC in any way, while the tapes are being played on the Handycam the sound either stops or skips for some reason. I noticed that it only does this when a loud sound comes on. On a tape with low sound, that part of the tape played fine. The entire video on the tape plays fine, it's just the audio that has problems. Again, this is just being played on the Handycam only.

I just want to know what could be causing this bad playback of the sound. I would think that if the sound is bad, then the video would be bad as well, but the video plays perfectly fine. Thank you and I'll await your comments.

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by mjd420nova In reply to 8mm playback skips/sratch ...

Well, to start with, flip open the door on the little plastic case, what does the edges of the tape you can see look like?? Is it wrinkled, or streched?? That's heat damage and will not get any better. Of the tape is intact, a good sound studio software package will clean it up and even allow you to recover those loud passages.
I use a P4 at 3Gig, 2GB Ram, a FSB of 800Meg and the UDMA133 IDE, with 80Gig master and 80Gig slave. A cheap ($100) video capture card allows input directly and a DVD burner will allow flexible media transfers.

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by wil In reply to

Please read my last comment. Thank you.

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