Turning your stack of old videotapes into digital masterpieces can
be done without investing in a new computer and camcorder. But
consumers will have to buy some additional equipment and
For those who want to edit existing analog tapes, buy a digital
camcorder with an input jack that allows it to copy video through a
connection to the video-out jack of a VCR or an older camcorder.
Such digital camcorders, Bass said, are a step above basic models
and thus more expensive.
For those who have 8mm tapes, Sony has a digital 8mm camcorder that
can handle those. Sony also has a converter box, which lists for
about $500, for transferring video between a VCR and computer.