I have a large collection of films on 8mm video that I have made over the last 25 years. Since this medium is becoming obsolete, it is time to migrate to something more modern to preserve the collection.
Easy for titles that still are popular films – I just get ahold of a newly released DVD and dump the 8mm. But many tapes are collections that I have made of small, short parts of previously VHS tapes and TV programs. I call them “bits”, and they are often combined on one tape, typically to illustrate one topic. These bits each came from a different source; the source is rarely known or available, and probably never will be. I feel I am well within my rights to copy such under fair use, especially when there is an educational purpose involved.
I never had any problem making 8mm copies of Macrovision-protected VHS tapes; it’s as if 8mm or Hi-8 is immune to the Macrovision degradation. I’ve never had to use a video stabilizer. But when I try to copy the 8mm copy to a DVD, the DVD recorder often prevents me from doing it as it detects what it thinks is an illegal copying procedure.
So how can I get around this? I haven’t tried using a computer capture card for A/V input from the 8mm playback, but would that be a solution? I’ve tried a video stabilizer inbetween the 8mm player and the DVD recorder, with no positive results.