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
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
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.