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Since Video 8 tapes can deteriorate over time, digitizing can preserve your home movies to ensure your legacy lives on.
By digitizing your Video 8 tapes, you can protect your cherished family memories from catastrophic events, like fire, theft, or flood.
With digital copies of your old Video 8 tapes, you can organize by renaming, archiving, and adding additional information to your video files.
When you convert Video 8 tapes to digital files, you can save space by storing them on external hard drives, Mac and Windows computers, USB flash drives, or in the cloud (iCloud, Google Photos, Dropbox).
Future generations are unlikely to have a VHS VCR as well as an adapter to play 8mm video formats, but a high-quality digital video transfer allows your loved ones to view family memories with digital playback for years to come.
By transferring analog video tapes to digital formats, your loved ones won’t have to fight over physical copies and you will be able to share special home movies online, on social media, or by email.
When you convert old Video 8 tapes, you can immediately use advanced features on platforms like Google Photos, including search, archive, and reminder tools.
With digital videos contained on AVI, MOV, and MP4 files, you can use video editing software to enhance the original media to high-definition or create new memories by combining old video memories with new footage.
There are multiple 8mm tapes that relate to the PAL or NTSC format and the differences can be a little confusing.
In addition, there are VHS, Super 8 film, and 8 mm film to consider that are completely different from 8mm cassettes.
Kodak released the first analog 8mm video formatin 1984, which was followed by Sony introducing theVideo 8 format.
Video 8 was originally called Handycam, which was a name also used for Hi8 tapes and Digital 8 video cameras that came a little later. These were all used as names to differentiate from the Sony Betamax format and these 8mm video formats were introduced to make it easier to use a camcorder with a smaller cassette as opposed to using full-size VHS video tapes for camcorders.
Basically, Video 8, Hi 8 tapes, Digital 8, and 8mm cassettes are all similar camcorder tapes with different specs and definitions.
However, after recording, you would have to view them using an adapter on your specific 8mm camcorder or 8mm tape player. They were competitors of the VHS-C, a compact VHS tape that served a similar purpose but could easily play on a VCR with a VHS adapter.
Finally, 8mm film and Super 8 film reelsare not tape cassettes like Video 8. Instead, they use a reel-to-reel projector instead of a cassette box with magnetic tape.
There are several different choices when it comes to digitizing your Video 8 tapes, each offering its own set of pros and cons.
A digital converter can be used to convert Video 8 to digital. Some options use a USB cable to connect to your computer and an RCA cable to connect to your 8mm camcorder, video camera, or Video 8 compatible player. One affordable option is the Elgato Video Capture option for $86.98, or you can go for the higher quality ClearClick that includes a real-time LCD screen for $159.95. The downside is that you still need a way to play your Video 8 tapes.
This option allows you to record your home movies using a digital camera, camcorder, or smartphone. Then, you can upload the footage to a hard drive or another device. However, the results are low quality because of movement, outside noise, and other factors. It still may be worth trying as an easy, fast way to preserve your video 8 tapes before they degrade.
Capture will convert Video 8 to digital with professional quality so that your home movies can be preserved forever. As the fastest service, we will convert Video 8 tapes to digital in less than 30 days (compared with the industry average of 70+ days) while tracking your precious memories every step of the way for peace of mind. Plus, if you aren’t satisfied, we will even reprocess your videotapes for free!
There may be local stores in your area that offer Video 8 digitization services. In addition, major retailers like Walmart and CVS can convert Video 8 to Digital, but their services are fulfilled by Capture, which means you get all the benefits of professional digital conversion that we offer every customer.
Your Video 8 tapes might be durable, but they won’t last forever. You can preserve your captured memories and experiences with high-quality digital conversion services using Capture.
Create high-quality digital files of your old Video 8 tapes in three simple steps:
When you transfer Video 8 tapes to digital with Capture, you will only pay for what you get because we price our services based on the length of the tape. Starting at $29.99 for the first two hours of each tape, we can digitize each additional 2 hours for $29.99.
In addition, when needed, this affordable pricing includes Video 8 tape repair and case replacement services. If the actual length is longer than what you originally paid for, our friendly customer support team will contact you to confirm what to digitize.