Still got an old video records lying around from the 8mm, mini-VHS or VHS era? Check out this new guide at ExtremeTech to learn how you can transfer these videos to your computer.
We know how you feel. You've got an ancient camcorder that records to something like 8mm or mini-VHS tapes; and somewhere nearby, you've got a stack of VHS stuff. Sure, your new DV camcorder has the handy FireWire port to zap movies onto your PC, but what do you do about the legacy video you're dying to digitize?
The answer is simple: You need a video capture device that's compatible with them. Most VHS players and old camcorders do have video- and audio-out ports, including composite and S-video for the pictures and RCA jacks for the sound. The downside is that most modern computers lack inputs for such "old" standards. You'll need either a PCI or USB video capture device, with the right ports for your equipment.