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How edit/convert HI8?

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This is most likely the wrong forum, but--

Using a Sony videocam with HI8 tape we're videoing the entirety of our house and contents for insurance purposes and a worst case potential of loss through wildfire (Evergreen, CO).

Once complete, we'll have probably 8+ hours of tape. To be of use post loss we'd need the ability to watch the tape in slowed motion, stop motion and probably create single images to research the current ~$/item(s).

I'm thinking the only efficient way to do this is to have the tape converted to digital media and then use one of many opensource editing applications.

?

Mark
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I'm thinking you're right and this is the wrong forum but we don't have the ability to move your thread, hopefully a mod will see it.

I did our video like you described and shot macros with our camera, edited it with adobe premiere so the video and pics are all together. The dvd is in our safety deposit box at the bank, we also keep a copy at my parents and sisters house, hopefully that will be enough
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why are you trying to video this?

You will most likely need to extract still photos afterwards to make a catalog of your items, so why not take pictures to begin with? Video could be good for overall shots, but for individual items, not so much.
You are filming HI8 which is really low res, your average digital camera will be better suited in terms of quality and practicallity.

Not to get too specific with models, but you could get something like a Dazzle capture usb capture card, or something like an Easycap DC60+

You will find loads of tutorials online.


BUT the biggest problem you will run into is while doing your capture, because the video will most likely not be one straight shot, lots of cuts, your capture software will stop recording each time the image goes out of sync because the image will "jump" when a new portion is filmed, causing the capture to stop.
Complicated explanation I know. But essentially for every new filmed sequence, you'll have to restart the video capture.
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