What are the steps to neatly and efficiently export many Hi8 tapes to external HD before editing. And will FCP take care of many "time code breaks" which I'm sure I have. I'm a NewB. This will be first time using FCP. I will be using my old Hi8 Sony TRV25 camera as a deck.
That tape size was used with three different cameras. 8mm, Hi8, and Digital 8. There won't be any time code breaks in the analog ones, only the digital. Your file size should run around 13GB per hour and as such will consume a large amount of hard drive space.
While it seems nice and all to want to transfer all the tapes so you can edit, the most expedient thing is to transfer them to disc first so the family has something to look at and not have to wait 4 years as you get around to going through them to do your magic.
Face it, not all the tapes shot are worth the time to slug through to edit and the things YOU don't find worth keeping doesn't mean someone else doesn't want it. You may not want brown shoes in your closet but don't unilaterally throw out the brown shoes in other peoples closet.
A holistic disc can be made of each tape for $20 that can be quickly reviewed and then judged if it's worth the bother to capture & then edit. Most of the time it's not worth the bother of capturing. Bear in mind that these looked fine watching on the technology at the time, a 300 line CRT display and look less glamorous on todays HD displays.
Five tapes your way will burn up a minimum 2 hours run time per tape PLUS attendant setup time PLUS 130GB drive space before you can begin the edit. Transfer concerns like mine can produce ALL five discs, tape start to disc finish, in 2 hours 10 minutes. These are, after all, family tapes and not cinematic masterpieces and any mp4 file created off a DVD is acceptable for the average pedestrian viewer.
The only exception to all this is when it comes from transferring 8mm/16mm film where the image I can get from 1944
is actually better than a camera from 2000 captured. Film transfers are at minimum 1080 ProRes 442 with file sizing out at 1.1GB per minute.