Do it Yourself Conversion of 8mm to DVD
The 8-mm tapes are tapes that typically fit into your old video cameras. They are not digital tapes, so you can only view them on your video cameras. As everything moves into the digital age, you might want to convert your 8-mm tapes to a DVD format so that you can keep your memories safe and access them easier.
Getting the Correct Equipment
Collect the right equipment for this taskt. Dale Renyolds, from The Computer Doctors in Aberdeen, SD, says that the process can be done at home only if you have the right tools to get the job done. You must have a computer that has a DVD burner. Don't confuse a CD ROM player or a CD burner with a DVD burner, because the formats are slightly different. Make sure that you have a DVD drive, a DVD burner and DVD-burning software on your computer.
You will also need a monitor cord that can connect to your computer. Look at the back of your computer and see if you have a round slot with a small flat part on one end. This is the slot required for a monitor connecting cable. These cables carry picture and sound from your camera to your computer. Some (but not all) video cameras will have a USB cable input. In this case, you might be able to use a USB cable to connect your video camera to your computer, but not always. You cannot transfer the video and sound through the types of cables that you use to connect your camera to your TV to watch video.
Converting to DVD
When you have the right equipment set up, place your 8-mm tape into your camera, and connect the camera to your computer. Open up your DVD burning software. Most software programs ask for the location of the information to be transferred, so find the camera and click on it. Often, you will be prompted to play the video so it can be transferred to your computer first, and then you will be able to burn a DVD of the material.
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