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I have Mini DV tapes, Hi8 or something lol. I have a camera that will not play them back, too choppy and cleaning has no effect. Is there a player, or adapter that can just read them into a computer? Thanks.

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"Or something"? Try looking at the tape and reading what it shows. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 2 '10 at 4:00
Or, lookup the camera model to check what it takes. – nik May 2 '10 at 4:02
Surely there's no adapter, like, I've never seen an adapter that can read tapes, like. Unless you count those, like, VHS-to-NTSC adapters or something, lulz, rotfl, omfg... – dbkk101 May 2 '10 at 4:45

Sony made both Mini DV and Hi8 VCRs with a Firewire interface (they call it "i.Link DV") that you can connect to your computer so that apps such as Adobe Premiere can control it and transfer the contents to the computer. You can find them used on eBay and Amazon partners and such.

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Sorry guys I know that. I have tried running from FireWire to final cut pro but the camera itself won't play properly I need another delivery device. Does that make sense? – thatryan May 2 '10 at 4:44
That would be why I said "VCR"... – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 2 '10 at 4:48

Are you trying to play Long Play DV tapes on a machine that doesn't support LP? Or indeed DVCam tapes on a DV machine? There are a few DV formats that use the same physical tapes, but the way the information is laid down on the tape is incompatible. If that's the case, you'll need another machine to play them back. Find out what the camera they were shot on was, and see if it's compatible with your playback device.

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