About Video8 tapes

Introduced into a market already dominated by VHS and Betamax formats, Video8 cameras were one of the first commercially successful camcorders. Although once widely admired by amateur filmmakers and television producers alike in the early to mid-eighties thanks to its much smaller tape size, Video8 experienced the same demise as other 8mm tape formats and was replaced due to the popularity of digital camcorders that use more compact storage media.

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The huge amount of Video8 tapes converted to digital and DVD every year by EachMoment highlights how popular Video8 tapes once were. Unfortunately, now the format is obsolete, it’s doubtful that Video8 owners will have working equipment to play their tapes on. For many people, Video8s will likely be taking up space and collecting dust in a dark corner of the attic or a cupboard. What’s more, similarly to other magnetic tapes such as VHS or Hi8 – Video8’s successor, the contents of your old tapes and your cherished memories could soon lose their sharpness or vanish entirely. Like Hi8s, the footage stored on Video8 tapes can degrade by 20% over as little as 10 years.

How can I preserve my Video8 footage?

Fortunately, there is a solution that will protect and conserve any old memories that are buried in your decaying tapes: converting Video8 tapes to digital and DVD. Not only will transferring your Video8s to digital mean you can declutter and free up tonnes of space around the home, you can also feel safe and secure in the knowledge that your beloved memories will be protected for countless more years to come. Conversion of Video8 to digital and DVD allows you to view your Video8 tapes on your computer, laptop or smartphone, meaning the quality of your footage will never be damaged and that you or your loved ones can take those memories along with you wherever you go!

The best way to convert Video8 to digital and DVD

Converting Video8 tapes to digital and DVD yourself can be a laborious process. Fiddling with expensive and often hard-to-come-by equipment is not how anyone wants to spend their free time. With EachMoment, we will remove all the stress from converting your Video8 tapes to digital and DVD yourself, making it too easy to prevent time taking its toll and damaging your old tapes and endangering precious memories. If you have any Video8, camcorder tapes or any old formats like VHS that you’d like preserved on DVD or digital which are accessible on your smartphone, TV and computer, we will collect your old photos and tapes from your doorstep, convert them to digital and DVD and return them to you in one of our Memory Boxes.

Cleaning the tapes

Before converting the tape to digital, it is essential to deep clean Video8 tapes using a two pass wet/dry method. ‘Cleaning tapes’, a common consumer-grade method of tape restoration, are available for Video8s, but are renowned for being unreliable and can often damage tapes even further. At EachMoment, every single tape is assessed and cleaned manually on a case by case basis using bespoke tape cleaning methods.

Equipment

When converting Video8 footage to DVD and digital, it’s essential to use a regularly-serviced, broadcast-quality Video8 VCR. Domestic standard digital capture cards, such as an AverMedia CE310B, are cheap and easy to find online. Nonetheless, you often get what you pay for when using cheap and outdated hardware with the latest computer software. As such, they are certainly not perfect and are susceptible to mechanical faults. Our customers often recall issues such as dropped frames, less vivid colouring and ‘overscan’ – unsynchronised lines at the bottom of the frame – when converting Video8 tapes themselves.

EachMoment corrects any syncing issues by only using broadcast quality Video8 conversion machinery equipped with Time Base Correction (TBC). A time base corrector amends a Video8’s signal and image quality by inputting the video into a buffer, correcting the image before it is subsequently output again and formatted digitally.

Editing and Post-Processing

Once digitised, the digital file can now be edited to bring the digitised Video8 tape to modern standards. Colour correction is applied where necessary and contrast and saturation are adjusted accordingly by our team of experts. Video8 audio levels may also seem very low-quality when compared to modern recording equipment. To improve audio levels, we use bespoke digital noise reduction (DNR) technology and enhancement and loudness improvement to produce clearer sound, bringing your footage closer to modern standards.

Why wait? Convert your tapes to digital now!

Once these steps are complete, your Video8 tape is fully converted to digital and DVD, giving your footage a new lease of life. It’s now time to relive your memories. Preserving your precious memories and gifting an EachMoment Memory Box to a friend or family member is an especially touching way to remind those closest to you how much you care about them. Whether it be a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s or Father’s Day, the memories inside an EachMoment Memory Box will always make the most thoughtful gift.

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