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    Re: How to capture analog PAL V8 tapes on PC

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    Well, every video recorder I've owned, which is about 5 has
    a) supported Linux
    b) provided at least mpeg2 as an output format.

    Seems like you've just been unlucky in hardware choices. I had a Plextor ConvertX https://www.amazon.com/Plextor-Conve.../dp/B0001CJF3A that would output either mpeg2 or DivX (the original mp4 video format). It supported Linux with both codecs and V4L.
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    First, I don't want get into a p*ssing contest here, but believe me, I've been through the whole thing and seen so much cr*p for this functionality.

    What you did not understand in my post was, that the Grabster AV400/450 requires NO software installation at all!
    It's compatible with everything. I mentioned VLC, but any program that can open an MPEG-2 stream over USB will work with it with no exception. The question of Linux compatibility doesn't even come up.

    All other consumer products I've seen are A/D converters (some more advanced than others), but they still only deliver raw A/D samples over USB that will then have to be converted to MPEG-2, DivX or whatever in the PC.

    @satimis: doon't buy that cheap stuff. Spend 20 dollars more and be happy.
    Here's an offer you shouldn't refuse (if it's still there):
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/176395273468

    EDIT: researching a bit more, it seems the mentioned Plextor also delivers MPEG-2/DivX directly, but needs control software on the PC. It's not 100% clear, though.
    Last edited by ne29914; 4 Weeks Ago at 09:35 PM.

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    Re: How to capture analog PAL V8 tapes on PC

    Quote Originally Posted by ne29914 View Post
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    @satimis: doon't buy that cheap stuff. Spend 20 dollars more and be happy.
    Here's an offer you shouldn't refuse (if it's still there):
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/176395273468
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    Hi@ne29914,

    Thanks for your advice. The item suggested by you won't be shipped to my location.

    It is very strange to me all digitizes, sold on eBay, without indication for Windows use or for Linux use.

    Just found following YouTube video:-
    How To Convert Your 8mm Tape To Digital Using A PC (OBS)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLmfZo93TkE

    I-O Data (GV-USB2) digitizer is used
    IO DATA USB DVD connection video capture Cable GV-USB2 JAPAN Import F/S
    https://www.ebay.com.hk/itm/266597171937

    also not mentioning for Windows use or for Linux use ???

    Regards
    Last edited by satimis; 4 Weeks Ago at 01:39 AM.

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    Re: How to capture analog PAL V8 tapes on PC

    Hi all,

    About connecting "I-O DATA DEVICE INC. I-o USB connection video capture GV-USB2" (Digitizer) to PAL Hi8 Camcorder ?

    I-O DATA DEVICE INC. I-o USB connection video capture GV-USB2 (Digitizer)
    https://www.ebay.com.hk/itm/266597171937

    I'm going to purchase
    Sony ccd trv47e Camcorder
    User manual
    https://www.sony.com/electronics/sup.../38683251M.pdf
    page 38
    There are only 2 ports on the Camcorder for connecting TV set, Video Out and Audio Out. But there are 4 pins on the digitizer, black, green, white and red,

    Please advise. Thanks

    Regards

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    Re: How to capture analog PAL V8 tapes on PC

    Everything has been explained. I don't want to repeat myself. And as your location is secret, I can't comment on shipping.

    Cheers.
    Last edited by ne29914; 4 Weeks Ago at 07:59 PM.

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