I read lots of times on the internet that it is possible to activate the analog and digital input funktion on many Digital 8 Cameras. I have the DCR-TRV325E and I would like to use it to digitize other analog material to DV.
Could you tell me how that is done, without using a service to send it to? Is it easy? Or is it risky?
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Last edited by jouse.; 28th Feb 2013 at 18:46.
Thanks, but that part of the manual concerns not my camera-model, but only the 330. :/ Found this also yesterday...
I thought that the passthru option was removed from most PAL models?
It is, only some of the higher end European spec camcorders will do passthrough. You used to be able to buy a plug in unit that enabled it although whether you still can or not I've no idea (I've got one for an old DCR-TR8000E). I'll see if I can find the box and check if the company that made it still does them (or even exists).
The reason why it is disabled is because the import duty on a video recorder is higher than on a camcorder. A camcorder with analogue in (whether as passthrough or to record to tape) would be classed as a video recorder. Higher duty payable means a higher retail price so, as so few owners are ever likely to use the capability, it is disabled.
Just checked. The unit was called a DV-in Widget made by a company called datavision. Although their website still exists (www.datavision.co.uk) there is no mention of the widgets any more. I have a feeling that they were taken to court, or at least threatened with it, as the use of their product was effectively allowing people to evade import duty.
if you search around you'll find references to programs/cables that could enable dvin/passthrough for e models. you're not likely to find anyone still selling it other than on ebay maybe.--
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