Octochron - a division of Berndl and Associates Ltd. is pleased
to announce that its site www.octochron.com
is now online.
The Octochron site will provide information, support and tools
to the community of Hi8 camcorder owners who bought
their equipment in the 90's or more recently, and who now want to capture and
archive the date and time, in addition to video and audio, from Hi8
tape media to DVDs or hard drives.
Octochron is engaged in research and development of
the world premier automated software/hardware tool,
Hi8DateTime, that logs the recording date and time,
and timecode of video scenes from analog Hi8 tapes to industry
standard digital formats. Hi8DateTime
will support multiple industry standard subtitle and captioning
"Hi8DateTime addresses the needs of owners of Hi8 camcorders who are
considering archiving their analog videos to digital media to prevent their
loss" says Walter Berndl. "Unlike DV video camcorders, Hi8 camcorders from Sony
and others never did provide a means of transferring the date and time with the
video/audio signal. Hi8DateTime will provide the tool that automates the
digital capture and synchronization of the date and time with the timecode of video and
audio of each scene. If you are a Hi8 enthusiast, you have likely spent several
thousand dollars on camcorders, tapes and accessories and hundreds of hours to
preserve treasured moments. Why would you not make sure that you have a
complete digital index of your
digital Hi8 archives organized by date and time, before your Hi8
equipment or tapes break down?"
Walter Berndl said
"So far, we have developed a working prototype that uses a
Hi8 Sony CCD-TR101
camcorder via a LANC interface hooked up to a PC. Hi8DateTime captures a SAMI file
containing the recording dates and times associated with each timecode on a
two hour Hi8 video tape. You can view the digitized video using Windows Media
Player, and turn the captions and sub titles on and off to see the date and time
of your Hi8 video. This is, I believe, a world first."
When asked what the next steps would be Walter Berndl said "We need to let
the Hi8 community know that the Octochron site here, and that the
Hi8DateTime tool is a solution to their Hi8 date time problem.
We will be conducting a field trial of our solution on a variety Hi8
equipment before going to general availability."
General availability dates and pricing have not yet been