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Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 5:40am

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hatsoff2halford

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If i have a hi8 camera should i not purchase chromanator? because of the quality?
Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 11:18am

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Simon K Jones

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Try the demo, see how it turns out. I've done some greenscreening with an old Hi8 and it worked pretty well.
Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 11:38am

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Klut

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I worked alot with hi8 and Chromanator before, indeed I do get better results now with mini-dv, but it should work out fine.

So... Yes, you should purchase Chromanator
Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 2:02pm

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Marek

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I shoot everything on Hi8, not because I think I'm too cool for MiniDV or anything wink

I just havn't bought a MiniDV cam yet. I'm thinking of buying a high-end consumer model, or a low-end pro-sumer model; as I'm seeing it makes quite a difference in quality.
Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 9:52pm

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hatsoff2halford

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How do you get the film onto your computer, i use an external usb device so that most likely takes a lot of quality out, is there another way to get hi8 film onto my computer?
Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 10:08pm

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I have a Pinnacle DV500+, which has composite and S-Video inputs as well as standard DV firewire ports. I'm not sure they still make it, but they might have an equivalent. I can just plug my Hi8 straight in and it captures at perfect quality.
Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 10:36pm

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Mine only has an s-video input, i think i really need a new camera i just dont have the money at the time which sucks
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2005, 1:24am

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What makes Mini-Dv superior to the Digital Hi-8 Format?
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2005, 1:25pm

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Arktic

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What makes Mini-Dv superior to the Digital Hi-8 Format?
Basically, not much.

They both use nearly identical codecs to record the information to tape, and the picture quality/resolution is very similar (if not the same) on similarly priced MiniDV cameras and Digital8s.

The D8 does have a couple of advantages - the main ones being that as it uses regular Hi-8 tapes, they're cheaper to obtain than MiniDV cassettes. Also, it means that if you've got any old Hi-8 films that you want to transfer to a different format, or edit, then you can do that very easily.

However, there are disadvantages - the first one being that as D8 camcorders run Hi-8 tapes faster than they would be run in an ordinary Hi-8 camera, you only get about 40 minutes of filming on a 60 min casette, which can prove to be a problem. The other main disadvantage is that as MiniDV has been adopted as the 'standard' format, it's possible that Hi-8/D8 tapes will cease to be produced in the near future, which could render your camera pretty useless.

I hope this helps smile

Cheers,
Arktic.