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Video 8 - one of the many audio formats that CD Makers can transfer.

Video 8, Hi-8 and Digital-8 to DVD transfer

Video 8, Hi-8 and Digital-8 tapes were primarily used in domestic video cameras and were of reasonable quality and reliability.

But like all helical-scan videotapes (such as VHS and Betamax), Video 8 tapes archive poorly.

If you have precious video recordings on Video 8 video tape, do not wait too long before having them transferred.

You can choose to have your recording transferred to high quality Japanese made recordable DVDs, archive-grade gold recordable DVDs, or you can supply your own hard-drive to have the files transferred to.

Transfer Options

  • Video-8, Hi-8, and Digital-8 to premium-grade recordable DVD.
    • Convienient - plays on computers equipped with an optical drive and stand-alone DVD players.
  • Video-8, Hi-8, and Digital-8 to archive-grade gold recordable DVD.
    • For precious recordings. Accelerated aging tests indicate that if these discs are handled and stored correctly, they will last for a hundred or more years.
  • Video-8, Hi-8, and Digital-8 to MPEG-2 or DV-AVI file.
    • Recorded to USB flash memory or external USB hard disk drive.
    • Many hours of video can be compiled onto a single USB drive.
    • Many modern televisions will play an MPEG-2 or MP4 video file directly from a USB drive.
    • Video files from a USB drive can easily be copied using a computer.
    • Conversion to MP4 (H264) and Prores available.

Video 8, Hi-8 and Digital-8 Specifications

  • TV System:
    • PAL (Australia)
  • Recording Speed:
    • Standard Play
    • Long Play
  • Resolution:
    • 576i (standard definition)

CD Makers currently has no facility to play 8 millimetre video tapes recorded with the American NTSC or French SECAM formats.

Maximum Duration

Video 8 Cassette Recording Speed Typical duration Number of DVDs required - good quality Number of DVDs required - best quality
60 minute Standard Play 1 hour 1 DVD 1 DVD
60 minute Long Play 1 hour 30 minutes 1 DVD 2 DVDs
90 minute Standard Play 1 hour 30 minutes 1 DVD 2 DVDs

The maximum duration of a DVD encoded with good quality is 2 hours.
The maximum duration of a DVD encoded with best quality is 1 hour.

About the different 8 millimetre formats

Video 8

Video 8 was released by Sony in 1985 as a sucessor to Betamax. Video 8 used a similar "U" loading system to Betamax, but in a smaller size, allowing for smaller video camcorders.


Hi-8 used the same sized video cassette as Video 8, but improved electronics in the camcorder and improved formulations of the tape allowed for a higher quality recording.


In 1999 further improvements in video and audio quality were realised with the release of Digital-8. Using the same sized cassette shell, and the same tape as Hi-8, a digital signal using DV codec was recorded, similar to that used on Mini DV tapes.


Other pages relevant to Video 8 transfer:                                                            

Compiling and Editing

Fixing Squealing Tapes




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Australian copyright law prohibits commercially produced video tapes from being copied unless you have written permission of the copyright owner. The law that allows commercially produced music to be copied for personal use does not apply to video tapes.

CD Makers is very strict with copyright. For us to copy your audio or video, you or a member of your family must be the creator and the performer of the works that are recorded.

Otherwise you will need written permission from whoever owns the copyright.

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