8mm video

Video8 / Hi8 / Digital8 video cassettes
4 rectangular plastic 8mm video cassettes, printed with Hi8, 8mm or Digital8 text

Hi8, Video8 & Digital8 (in box) video cassettes

introduction to 8mm video cassette transfer

Video8, Hi8 and Digital8 are three related 8mm video cassette formats. Video8 (introduced in 1985) was entirely analogue and became very popular in the consumer camcorder market. The Hi8 was introduced by Sony in 1989, and comprised analogue video and audio, with provision for digital audio. It was succeeded in 1999 by Digital8, a combination of the older Hi8 tape transport with a DV (Digital Video) codec.

We offer a range of delivery formats for our video transfers. We use the International Association of Sound & Audiovisual Archives Guidelines for the Preservation of Video Recordings, delivering FFV1 lossless files or 10 bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers. We create viewing files as H264 encoded .mp4 files or DVD. We can deliver any other digital video files,  according to your needs. 

We can provide the appropriately-sized usb media for your files, or use media supplied by you, or deliver your files online. Files delivered on hard drive can be for any operating system MacOS, Windows or GNU/Linux and filesystems (HFS+, NTFS or EXT3).

Due to varying tape durations and their gradual physical degradation, it’s not always appropriate to create fixed prices for our services. We’ve found that assessing tapes prior to confirming costs a more accurate and fair method.

We offer free assessments please contact us to discuss your project.


8mm video machines

8mm / Hi8

  • Sony EV PR-2 (NTSC)
  • Sony EVS-700 (PAL)
  • Sony EVO-9800 (PAL) x 2
  • Sony EVO-9850 (PAL)
  • Sony EVO-9850 (NTSC)

Digital 8

  • Sony TRV

8mm video format variation

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Fuji Hi8 MP P5-60 tape, showing rear

Sony EV-S700UB DAV Video8 & Sony EVO-9800A & EVO-9800P Hi8 machines

Hi8, Video8 & Digital8 (in box) cassette dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 cm

Video8 / Hi8 / Digital8 tape risks & vulnerabilities

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8mm video recording history

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