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quality loss when reusing hi8 tapes?

Discussion in 'Video capturing from analog sources' started by lkd, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. lkd

    lkd Member

    Sep 15, 2004
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    In order to import analogue footage through my camcorder's firewire and into my computer as DV video, I have to record the footage onto a hi8 tape first (my camcorder does not allow direct analogue to digital conversion without a tape).

    Can I re-record over the hi8 tape repeatedly without incurring quality loss?

  2. StormFire

    StormFire Guest


    Just like any magnetic-based tape (vhs, beta, hi-8, vhs-c, mini-dv etc) it will degrade in quality the more it is recorded on AND the more it is played.

    I`d save yourself alot of hassle and trade in your camera for one that can pass-through without using a tape (like the JVC DX95 etc). You may be able to do it with your current camcorder anyway though, as I thought my DX95 had to have a tape in as well to pass-through, but then I found out via an e-mail to JVC that it could pass-through when `empty` and how to do it.

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