8mm video to DVD transfer includes the first generation version of Video 8 tape. The format is nicknamed "8mm" after the width of the plastic tape, but it has nothing to do with older 8mm film. The proper name for the format is "Video 8," and sometimes we refer to Video 8 transfer to DVD as well.
Now is an excellent time to transfer 8mm tapes to DVD. Sony introduced the 8mm/Video8 Handycam in 1985 to counter the growing popularity of VHS-C. Because these tapes can now be 20+ years old, they can be running into playback problems.
An 8mm cassette is 3 3/4" wide, 2 7/16" deep, and 5/8" thick, making it significantly thinner than VHS-C. It contains a a length of 8mm-wide magnetic tape, wound between two spools within the plastic cassette. A latch controls opening and closing the top casing. Before we convert 8mm to DVD, we always flip this cover open to check that the tape is intact before playing it.
Because of its compact size, Video 8 became very popular with consumers, especially for vacation video (which we see often!). The format could record up to 2 hours of one tape at SP resolution, while VHS-C could only handle a comparable 40 minutes. 8mm camcorders, even the earliest models, also had extensive features, including image stabilization, strong optical zooms, and innovative special effects.
But 8mm's main drawback was that it could not be played back in a regular VHS VCR, unlike VHS-C. Because of these tradeoffs, neither format completely dominated the market.
We can do Video 8 to DVD transfer as well as the format's descendents, Hi8 and Digital8.