Digitising Video 8 and Hi8 Tapes is possible and this is what we, at the National Video Centre do as a daily routine. So what is involved ? First of all one needs a Hi 8 or Video 8 player. The older camcorders can be used, bearing in mind that Hi8 camcorders are backwards compatible with Video 8 standard, but not vice versa. So if you’ve got Hi 8 tape, but Video 8 camcorder – bad luck. It won’t be able to play Hi8 tape. Assuming you’ve got the right camcorder, connect it with a RCA or RCA and S-VHS cables to a video capture card in your computer or a standalone capturing unit and play the tape and capture it. The tape needs to be actually played in real time, there’s no quicker way to digitise analogue video. The result is a digital file that can be kept on a USB flash drive, hard drive of your computer or can be uploaded to the cloud storage.
We often get feedback from clients who tried to do the job themselves, but were diappointed with the quality of a resulting video file. While things can go wrong at any point, the most common problem is a cheap USB-based capture cards that digitise the video signal. It takes to invest to a prefessional gear to get the best possible quality of digitisation. While it is certainly possible if you have hunderds of tapes to digitise it is not viable to do if you have 10-20 tapes or less. So bring your valuable video tapes, be it Video8 Hi8 or Digital 8 to us and we will do the job quickly and efficiently.
Don’t delay, send your enquiry right now using the form below or phone (02) 6251 0088.
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