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How to Convert 8mm Video to DVD

If you want to preserve special family events and personal memories filmed on 8mm film, you need to know how to transfer 8mm video to DVD. 8mm film was just as popular back in the day as DVD is now. Unlike digital copies, 8mm film will crack and crumble over time. Therefore, the best way to protect your memory is by copying your 8mm video to DVD. There are many ways to convert 8mm video to DVD, here the easiest way to burn 8mm video to DVD is introduced.

What You Need:

Video capture card or TV card: Pinnaclesys or Canopus.
Blank discs: DVD+RW, DVD-RW or DVD-RAW, DVD+RAW
Disc Burner: Adaptec DirectCD 3.0 or Easy CD Creator 4.02
DVD Burning Software: Here I recommend DVD Creator. It's good 8mm to DVD Converter software that can convert 8mm movie to DVD with high quality. If you are a Mac user, you can turn to Mac DVD Creator.

Note: Some laptops have only DVD ROM which means you can only view videos but cannot burn DVD. If you are using a laptop, it might have DVD RW but may only accept disks to burn as DVD-RW and not DVD-+R. So you should check your computer disk drive before converting 8mm film to DVD.

Part 1. Transfer 8mm video to computer hard disk

1. Install video capture card in PCI of your PC then reboot your PC and complete the rest steps following instructions of pop-up windows.

2. Install capture software. Most video capture cards have a built-in capture device. Install recommended software as much as possible.

3. Connect your camcorder and open camcorder.

4. Run capture software.

5. Click Start to record your video and select what video format you want to save.

6. A while, your 8mm tapes will be transferred to computer as digital video.

Part 2. Convert and burn 8mm video to DVD

After you transferred 8mm video to computer, you can start to convert 8mm video to DVD as follows:

1 Download DVD Creator, install and run it.

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2 Import 8mm films to the 8mm video to DVD Converter

Click "Import" or File on menu bar to load these 8mm film video files to the 8mm to DVD Converter, you could check the video size on the measure bar on the bottom. Make sure the space doesn't exceed the total DVD capacity.

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3 Make a DVD menu

Click "Menu Template" to customize your DVD menu. There are different styles of built-in templates, frames and buttons for your choice. To apply a template, frame or button, you can just double click it. You can even add text, background music and background image to customize the menu.

Preview 8mm video files: Just for make sure everything goes as your plan you could have a video preview before burning it to DVD.

4 Convert 8mm video to DVD

Go to set TV Standard (PAL/NTSC) on "Setting" option, output Aspect Ratio (4:3/16:9) on "DVD setting bar" and output video quality "Low video quality, High video quality and Highest video quality".

And then Click "Burn" and select your DVD drive (if you have more than one DVD drive on PC) and hit "Start" to convert and burn 8mm film to DVD Disc, DVD Folder or ISO Files.

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Now you have transferred 8mm video to DVD with DVD menu.

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