I have x200 precious family footage on both PAL/NTSC 8mm, my old camcorders are not up to the job of playing. Can someone recommend decent but not overly expensive (<$300) hardware to play these tapes which I will capture and store on a decent PC.
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After a bit of googling I'm looking at a used Sony EV-C200 Hi8 or Sony EV-C25 but looks like these are either PAL or NTSC but not both.
Most of PAL Hi8 camcorders can play NTSC tapes, but there is one problem. With NTSC tapes the output is PAL60 a mixture between PAL and NTSC standards and not many capture card handle this format.
Some Digital8 camcorders play also analog Video8/Hi8 tapes and convert them in DV through firewire interface. Keep in mind that only PAL models play and convert both NTSC/PAL tapes. The US models D8 camcorders don`t play PAL analog Video8/Hi8 tapes.
Some Sony PAL D8 models with Video8/Hi8 playback
Double check the manual before spend the money.
Thanks, does look like the Sony models are either PAL (suffix E I think) or NTSC but not both
Hi8 camcorder are chepear but you need a capture card. D8 with Video8/Hi8 playback are more expensive but don`t need a capture card, just one firewire interface and will play all tapes regardless of format. Pay attention that not all D8 play analogue 8mm tapes!