Summary: I purchased this camcorder to transfer some old VHS and 8mm tapes to my computer. Using a firewire cable, I was able to transfer all my 8mm tapes directly to my computer. I was able to use Windows Movie Maker to capture the footage via firewire, and the software was able to control the camera. This was great because I could skip segments that I did not want to transfer. I also hooked up a VCR to the camcorder and recorded those onto a digital Hi8 tape.
Summary: I needed a good Camcorder to video classes at seminars and I needed a Sony trv 480. I found it on Amazon.com. I ordered it and received it with in a week. It was in good condition and work well. I had a good purchase through Amazon.com, and when I need something else I will look to Amazon.com DR John Farmer Tag Suggestions (click to add): camcorder, sony dcr, digital 8, digital8, photography, video, sony camcorder, dvd camcorder, dvd recorder Sony DCR-TRV480 Digital8...
Summary: On the product site it says, "...camcorder may not be recognized by the computer when connected. In this case, check to see if there is an updated driver available for your model." There are no device driver updates available for this camcorder beyond XP. So, if you want to run it on any PC with Vista or Windows 7, that PC will not recognize the camera.
Go Digital and Still Play Your Old 8mm and Hi8 Video Tapes.
18 June 2009
Summary: This camera not only takes great video, but it is also versatile enough to play all of your old 8mm and Hi8 tapes. This was a very strong reason behind our purchasing this camera. It captures digital video on Digital8 media to produce sharp, high quality recordings. It has a 20X optical/990x digital zoom and an option for Night Shot as well as a Steady Shot Stabilization System to help make your videos smooth going. You can use it for USB Streaming.
Great Idea for a Camcorder - Plays Older 8mm and Hi8 Tapes
19 March 2009
Summary: When I got this camcorder, the technology just started going to the miniDV's. At the same time, I have several 8mm and Hi8 home movies that were taken with an analog camcorder. This was an easy solution to digitize the old school tech so I can edit them and burn them to DVDs. I use a Macmini or Macbook to edit the movies. For new movies, it does not matter if you use the Hi8 or 8mm tapes.