Article ID : 00030040 / Last Modified : 07/23/2019Print

How to transfer video from an 8mm or Hi8 camcorder to a computer running a Windows operating system.


    • The Windows® computer must have standard Audio/Video (A/V) input jacks and compatible video capture software (Sony® Vegas Movie Studio + DVD, Pinnacle® Studio Plus, Ulead VideoStudio®, etc.) to complete this procedure.


    • The A/V capture card in some VAIO® computers will work with preinstalled Sony software such as VAIO Zone, Click to DVD™ only, and DVgate Plus™ software only. If you are attempting to capture video to a VAIO computer, additional information may be available by searching the Knowledge Base again using the model number of the VAIO computer.
    1. Connect an A/V cable to the A/V output jack of the 8mm or Hi8™ camcorder.


      • If your camcorder has standard Audio/Video (A/V) input jacks, use standard A/V cables for the connection.


      • If your camcorder has a mini A/V output jack, use an A/V cable with a mini connection on one end.


      • If your camcorder has a standard or mini S-Video output connection use the appropriate S-video and composite audio connection.


    2. Connect the other end of the A/V cable or S-Video cable to the A/V input or S-Video jack on the computer.
    3. Move the POWER switch on the camcorder to the VCR, VTR, or PLAYBACK position.
    4. Cue the video in the camcorder to the beginning of the video footage to be transferred.
    5. Turn on the computer.
    6. Start the video capture software.
    7. Begin playing the video in the camcorder.
    8. Begin importing the video with the video capture software.

    Because there are many different video capture applications on the market and we cannot reasonably know which video capture software you are using, Sony is unable to provide specific instructions or support for software we do not manufacture. However, many video capture applications have detailed help files, including specific instructions about capturing and importing video from a camcorder to a computer. The help files should be available in the Help menu of the video capture software or in a separate file on the software disc. If you cannot find instructions in the help file or on the disc included with your software, consult the software manufacturer for more detailed support information.