Video 8 Tape

Video8 to DVD Conversion

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!

How we convert Video8 to digital

Our digitisation process:

  1. You place an order for an EachMoment Memory Box in 2 easy steps: select a size and an output format. If you’re not sure which format you want, we have written a guide to help you.
  2. The next working day, our specifically designed reinforced Memory Box arrives at your home.
  3. Fill the box with all your tapes for converting to digital.
  4. Select a collection window through our online portal (you’ll receive an email with a link once you have placed your order).
  5. Our couriers collect your Memory Box and it is tracked all the way to our digitisation lab in Norwich – we’ve always got eyes on your precious memories and we use the most reliable couriers in the country.
  6. Our digitisation experts carefully unpack, assess and hand clean all your Video8 tapes. This is essential to ensure they run smoothly through our machines and give you the best quality digital video.
  7. The tapes go through our broadcast quality VCRs. These specialist Video8 VCRs include Time Base Correction technology, that will correct any syncing issues prior to digital formatting.
  8. Once digitised, we use software to restore and enhance picture and sound quality.
  9. Your fully enhanced digital videos are then transferred to your chosen output format (DVD, USB stick or cloud album).
  10. Everything is repackaged and returned to your doorstep, ready for watching and reliving at home. 

Why should I convert my Video8 tapes to digital?

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 Unfortunately, now the format is obsolete, it’s doubtful that Video8 owners will have working equipment to play their tapes on.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.

The best way to convert Video8 to digital

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 another digital format which is 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.

Equipment & Software

Domestic digitisation equipment is available to purchase online, including ‘cleaning tapes’ and digital capture cards, such as AverMedia CE310B. However, you really are getting what you pay for when using cheap and outdated hardware. As such, they are certainly not perfect and are susceptible to mechanical faults that could damage your tapes beyond repair or lead to very bad quality digital files. 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.

At EachMoment we use only broadcast quality Video8 VCRs, equipped with TBC technology (Time Base Correction) and service them regularly. We clean your tapes by hand, rather than risk using cleaning tapes.

Post-processing software then helps us to make the best of your old footage. Our photography experts will restore lost image quality, remove empty frames and make sure the sound is clear and consistent using DNR technology (digital noise reduction). We aim to recreate your videos to modern standards.

Get digitising! Your Video 8 tapes restored on DVD and digital

Whether you’re looking to free up space in your home or hoping to restore your old media to its former glory, we can help. Every Memory Box order includes collection and delivery of all your old media – no need to separate it all, just buy one box big enough for everything. Get in touch if you need advice.

Why not consider using our digitisation service to give a heartfelt gift to a loved one? Our Luxury USB makes for a lovely keepsake, together with all your photos and videos in a Memory Box to spark shared memories between family and friends for a special occasion – anniversary, birthday, Father’s Day or Christmas.

A Brief History of 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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