CONVERT 8MM TAPES TO DVD & DIGITAL
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Everything you need to know
about 8mm tapes to DVD
Common video transfer questions
How long is an 8mm tape?
All 8mm tapes, whether they are Hi8 or Digital8 hold up to two hours of footage. So when you’re converting your 8mm tapes to DVD, at least one full tape always fits onto a single DVD, but it’s possible to fit more if they are not all full or dual layer DVDs are used. If you choose to transfer to a USB or external hard drive, all your 8mm tapes can fit onto a single drive!
Is my tape Hi8 or Digital8?
Hi8 and Digital8 tapes look almost identical to the average user, but they will say on them which format they are. Some cameras also only took Digital8 tapes, so don’t assume digitizing is impossible if you play a tape at home in your camera and it seems blank or garbled. The camera may not be compatible.
How do I watch my 8mm tape?
You’d need to still have your camcorder to watch an 8mm tape these days. Unlike VCRs, there are not cost-effective 8mm decks to buy, but you can either watch directly on your camera using the playback options, or use cables to connect it to a TV and watch from there. Trust us though, it’s much easier to digitize your 8mm tapes and watch them on your computer or a new DVD!
8mm to DVD – From Our Blog
Understanding 8mm tapes
Didn’t get enough info about Hi8, Digital8 or Video8 tapes above? We have more history and technical information about 8mm tapes to DVD here.
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5 Possible Tape Issues
Your 8mm tapes are probably in great shape to convert to DVD, but there a number of common problems with 8mm tapes that we find when digitizing.
Read more about 8mm tape repairs…
Can you save moldy tapes?
Minor mold is still ok for 8mm to DVD! Serious mold requires chemical treatments & can severely damage the audio/video quality of your 8mm tape to dvd transfer.
Read about preserving moldy tapes…
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I tell if my tapes are 8mm?
This is an important question because if you are buying a player to preview tapes at home or digitize them at home, you want to make sure you buy the correct equipment. The simplest way is to measure the tape. If it’s roughly 2.4″ by 3.7″, then it’s an 8mm tape. That said, the 8mm video tape is very, very similar in dimensions to standard audio tapes. Our clients get this confused all the time. Therefore, do check your tapes for the label “Hi8” or “Digital8” or “8mm”. If you see any of those monikers, it means you are looking to digitize an 8mm video tapes and can proceed accordingly on the equipment front.
What quality benefits do I get from using a professional service to convert my Hi8 tapes to digital?
There’s a certain quality control aspect that you’ll get with a proper digitizing service, but in theory, you can replicate that care at home. The biggest difference is the equipment. Our machines for 8mm tape transfer all-in cost over $5,000 and benefit from over $100,000 of adjacent supporting equipment and software. Part of it manifests in stable transfer connections that are superior to the USB based at-home transfer solutions. If you are looking for the best possible files, a professional service may be able to offer you not just .mp4 h264 files, but potentially larger files like ProRes or AVI that allow for professional level editing. People can absolutely get solid digital conversions at home, but if you hire the right service, you will get what you pay for.
Where can I find a player to preview my 8mm tapes?
You have two choices here. You can look into a proper 8mm video tape player, basically a cousin to a VCR. But they are very expensive – you’re looking at $1,000 minimum for a decent one. If you are looking to digitize over 100 tapes at home, this might be worthwhile. But for previewing files, your best bet is to actually find an old handheld 8mm camera. The 8mm cameras are much cheaper, likely under $300, and they all had preview screens and the ability to plug RCA cables into a TV to export the pictures. This is the way to go.
Is it worth attempting to digitize my 8mm tapes at home?
The decision to choose a digitizing service vs. attempting to convert to digital at home is a tough one. If you have just a handful of 8mm tapes, it will almost certainly be more cost effective to use a service. If you have many dozens, you may save money at home, as long as you have the time and inclination. There’s no way to speed up the tapes, so if you have 30 two hour Hi8 tapes, you are looking at 60 hours of babysitting the digitizing process. From a cost perspective, you may be able to set up your own rig for under $500 if you can find a decent camera online to play the tapes. It’s important to keep in mind that each tape, whether Hi8 or Digital8, is going to create a few gigabytes of data, so you need space on your internal hard drive, and likely an external hard drive of at least 250GB to store the finalized files.