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Video Capture Devices

I have an old Sony Handycam HDR-HC7 that uses the miniDV tapes. It also has an HDMI out. Now that my kids are getting ready to leave the house, my wife has been nagging me about getting these tapes captured into digital format.

Will any of the game capture devices like the elgato HD60s or the like work in capturing and converting this to a digital format?

Forgive my ignorance. Video isn't my strong suit.

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If it has HDMI out, yes any modern day video capture card with HDMI Input should suffice, Though capture will be realtime, meaning, you will have to playback the tape, and you capture it for as long as it's playing. You're not taking advantage of Firewire transfer, if your camera has it and your PC.
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I use an internal PCI-e HDMI capture card in my HTPC, but same idea. It'll do exactly what you want, but the USB Elgato would probably be a little more convenient. And the capture software is also something to consider, mine (Startech card) has a timed recording feature so you can start the capture and forget about it - as long as you know how long the video is you are capturing. Makes it nice to not have 3GB of white noise at the end if you forget to stop the capture. But once it's in the PC you can use video editing software to remove that if it happens.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Bravoexo View Post
If it has HDMI out, yes any modern day video capture card with HDMI Input should suffice, Though capture will be realtime, meaning, you will have to playback the tape, and you capture it for as long as it's playing. You're not taking advantage of Firewire transfer, if your camera has it and your PC.
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I use an internal PCI-e HDMI capture card in my HTPC, but same idea. It'll do exactly what you want, but the USB Elgato would probably be a little more convenient. And the capture software is also something to consider, mine (Startech card) has a timed recording feature so you can start the capture and forget about it - as long as you know how long the video is you are capturing. Makes it nice to not have 3GB of white noise at the end if you forget to stop the capture. But once it's in the PC you can use video editing software to remove that if it happens.
Thanks fellas....I went ahead with the Elgato. Works perfectly. Not using the HDMI out; just the HDMI in and USB C. Captures beautifully. Thanks again.

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