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Alan Daoud , May 30, 2007; 11:27 p.m.

I googled goko tc-301s and could not find a source to but one. Does anyone know where to get a new or used one? Thanks, Alan

gissel romero , Sep 18, 2007; 10:22 a.m.

Oh my gosh you guys are complicating this way too much, I did this for my grandmother the other day. I took all of her 8mm tapes, and made them in to dvd's in a 1,2,3. And you dont even need a Computer to do this. Okay, first all you need is a VCR, which probably everyone has in a closet somewhere, a VHS tape from the 99 cent store, A TV, a DVD R/W, a couple of blank DVDs, oh and your old 8mm camcorder. Although it takes a few steps, its super easy to do. *First connect your VCR to your TV, place a blank VHS in to the VCR. *Take your 8mm tape, place it in your camcorder. *Take the AV in and out, and connect it to your camcorder and the other end to your VCR, (make sure you have your VCR NOT set on LP, because of picture quality) *Turn on VCR (Make sure you fastforward a little of the blank tape, just about 3 secs, you dont want any thing to get cut off) *Turn on your camcorder(Make sure your 8mm tape is completely rewinded) *Press RECORD On the VCR, Press PLAY on the Camcorder. *Now go get a bowl of chips and sit with your family to watch the home movies. (Aaaa, memories) *After youre done watching or done doing something else, Stop the camcorder, and turn it off. Take your, VHS and Rewind it. *Leave the VHS in the VCR. This time place your blank DVD in the DVD player, and Record, every thing off the VHS. THE END. ***If you also want, you can also, Connect your Camcorder to the DVD R/W.

Peter Williams , Sep 19, 2007; 12:35 a.m.

Hi, Dude, you misunderstood the topic here, the question was about Transferring 8mm Film to DVD, not the modern 8mm video TAPE, again you could go to: http://canaanmedia.com/16mm-film-transfer-8mm-film-to-DVD.htm to see what a 8mm film should look like.

Dana Curhan , Mar 08, 2008; 11:24 p.m.

I just had some early 1960's 8mm film transferred to DVD. I used the YesVideo service at Ritz camera. While the DVD is very nice, there does not seem to be any way of importing the files into IMovie or any other Macintosh movie editing program. Any suggestions?

Colin Thomas , Jun 26, 2008; 09:58 p.m.

Very dramatic and novel length ad there, Philip. That is one piece of literary work there. I also noticed how after I posted how to DO IT YOURSELF which is what this thread is about, all of these fly-by night transfer services (no offense intended) started coming out of the woodwork like lawyers chasing an ambulance. See, I can type dramatic pablum too. Fly by night you say? Yeah, check out the post by "jose t" and go to the website. Some sort of website is there, but the transfer biz isn't.

First Rule Of Marketing : What you already have is unsatisfactory.

Suck on this:

Tired of paying to have transfers done? Annoyed by marketers trying to bilk you for something you can do yourself? Insulted by their insinuations that you the customer are too stupid to do it correctly? BOTHERED BY THE THOUGHT OF MAILING YOUR PRECIOUS AND IRREPLACEABLE FILMS THROUGH THE MAIL? Afraid that the fly-by-night company may lose your films if the mail doesn't? Well then DO IT YOURSELF! The info is in cyberspace, so you can look up how to do it, but only between 12 am - 12 pm, every day of the week, every week of the year, every year until your demise. Not only that, but you can do your own transfers MANY different ways, learn about video equipment, optics and when you are done you can feel a sense of accomplishment that you would never get from risking losing them in the mail or getting lost when the fly by night business goes out of business. Cost is up to you, time is whenever you feel like it, and you get total control over the process! You can even use FREE software like VIRTUALDUB to clean up and edit your transfers if you chose to record them via computer.

David Joe , Jun 28, 2008; 12:06 p.m.

always try and do it yourself. research the internet and take your time. the Retired Film Guys

Don McKinley , Jun 29, 2008; 02:52 a.m.

The point of this forum is to 'do it yourself' but the point that comes up again and again here is that why reinvent the wheel people. Sure, have a go, but ruin your film in the process with a crappy old projector like I did, spend a small fortune and immense time and dire frustration with unsatisfactory results. Do your research on companies, don't just take there word for it on websites, spend a few bucks on a sample transfer, compare the results of what you are getting, with that, you will get a feel for not only quality of transfer, but quality of customer service, turn around time etc, then work a deal, if you have quantity, ask for discounts, free copies etc.

Sure, some people have to mail, but with fedex/ups, it's old school ignorance to think that technology & tracking capabilities haven't far surpassed risk. The odds are far greater of your car blowing up on the way to the UPS store than them losing it. You either mail them or let them rot in the closet.

As for the lengthy reply of 'Philip' above, that shows passion and a belief in what he and his company achieves, not 'fly by night' Sure, companies come and go, do your research before you use any company. We all have passion, passion for preserving our memories and getting the best quality and service.

Kelly Flanigan , Jun 29, 2008; 04:16 a.m.

Whether its done "in house' or "do it yourself" one has to deal with rotten dried out film splices. Lets say you have a "Europe Trip" from 1963 shot with regular 8mm; the complete movie might be on a 500ft reel; the work of say 2 dozen or more rolls shots; with 50% + editing. Its easy to have 100 splices; the bulk of the splices done in 1963/4. The darn movie might have last been shown/projected in the 1970's or 1980's. Now Mom and Dad pass away and the kids want the "Europe Trip" vacation movie they all thought was boring on a DVD. The mvie reels might have never been projected for several decades, have been stored in the basement in a shoebox, the box being wet once when the sump pump failed. The "in house' or "do it yourself" convertor has to deal with a long movie that might be stuck together, that every 5th splice fails. The project then evolves into converting a dozen or two segments.:) A real poor movie reel to convert is going to take more time. DIY for conversions is over 1/2 century old; its in the "how to" collumns in Pop Photo back in the 1950's. Then folks were often converting to another film format; later in the late 1970's converting to Beta tapes evolved; then VHS tape; now its to a DVD.

Ken Ingersoll , Jul 11, 2008; 02:36 p.m.

I'm DIY-ing it and having something like results. I have several large reels of Regular 8 and Super 8 that I've managed to collect over the years. I found them at thrift stores and yard sales and have no idea who the people in the films are, but they made some great films! So, with a 2400 optical dpi flatbed transparency scanner, vcr parts, a PC dedicated to the task, and automation software, I present the following:


Automating image processing tasks can be challenging. I'm trying to teach my computer to find the sprocket holes and grab each frame. About 8000 in a 50 foot reel. A very slow, painful process, but it seems to work. A vacation at Gitmo might be more fun.

Magic Moments

Ken Ingersoll , Jul 12, 2008; 05:29 p.m.

I've updated the link to view my sample:


Just abit of semi-perfectionist tweaking.

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