Video8 / Hi8 / Digital8 tapes to DVD transfer
Our Video8 / Hi8 / Digital8 to DVD transfer services:
NTSC & PAL video tape formats
$14.95 for DVD
If your tapes are longer than 120 minutes of video they will be split onto multiple DVDs to keep quality
The 8 mm video format refers informally to three related videocassette formats for the NTSC and PAL/SECAM television systems. These are the original Video8 format and its improved successor Hi8 (both analog), as well as a more recent digital format known as Digital8.
Their user-base consisted mainly of amateur camcorder users, although they also saw important use in the professional field.
The format was introduced in 1985, the year that Sony of Japan introduced the Handycam, one of the first Video8 cameras.
The Video8 format later saw various improvements including higher resolution (renamed Hi8), digital stereo PCM sound (for some professional grade equipment) and then digital recording (renamed Digital8).
Hi8 is short for high-band Video8. Hi8 used improved recorder electronics and media-formulation to increase picture detail.
Introduced in 1999, Digital8 is a digital video (miniDV) codec using Hi8 media. Digital8 uses the same cassettes as Video8, but otherwise bears no resemblance to the Video8 analog video system. Some Digital8 equipment can play (not record) Hi8/Video8 recordings, but this is not a standard feature of Digital8 technology. To store the digitally-encoded audio/video on a standard Video8 cassette, the tape must be run through the recorder faster. This means that where the same tape will record 120 minutes of analog Hi8 NTSC video or 90 minutes of analog Hi8 PAL video, it will only record 60 minutes of Digital8 PAL/NTSC video. More recent Digital8 units offer an 'LP' mode, which increases recording time to 90 minutes.
The quality is not guaranteed if your tapes have been recorded in LP/EP mode.