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Need To Transfer Digital 8 Tapes to CD or to Digital Format? ODDS of St Louis is your answer!
If you took alot of video footage of your family throughout the 1990's there is a good chance your videos were shot using the digital8 video format. The digital8 video format was introduced in the late 1980s by Sony and provided a noticeable quality upgrade over their earlier Regular 8 / Video8 format. Yet, when new digital options became available in the 2000's, many of us upgraded their Digital8 Camcorders to MiniDV Camcorder, MicroMV Camcorders, and even Hard Drive Camcorders. Because of this reason, digital8 camcorders and digital8 players have become scarce, leaving many people with memories stuck on videotapes they can no longer watch. ODDS, however, can transfer your old digital8 tapes to digital format relatively easy.
There are three primary formats of 8mm video that will comprise your collection of videotapes. You probably have a mix of the following videotape formats if you were shooting over an extended period of time.
How many hours of video do Hi8 tapes have
Hi8 videotapes will usually contain two hours of video if you used the whole tape. Depending on the type of Hi8 video cassette you originally purchased, however, it may only contain one hour of video footage.
MiniDV/DVC vs. Digital8
Contrary to popular perception, the Digital8 format is not technically inferior to miniDV -- both are identical at the bitstream level. From a user standpoint, Digital8 is DV (or rather, equivalent to and compatible with consumer miniDV.) At an application level (for example, in a 1394/Firewire link), a Digital8 camcorder appears and behaves exactly like a Mini DV camcorder.
Digital8 and Mini DV use different, non-interchangeable cassette media, with Digital8 cassettes being the physically larger of the two. The two formats may also use different media formulations: Digital8 can use metal-particle or metal-evaporated media, while miniDV is based solely on metal-evaporated media. The maximum recording time for Digital8 and MiniDV is 135 minutes and 130 minutes, respectively, using D-90 and DVM-85 tapes. These extra-thin, extra-long tapes are rare and expensive.    In addition, Digital8 uses tape at 29mm per second; more like the higher-end DVCAM (28mm/s) and DVCPRO (34mm/s). MiniDV uses tape at 19mm/s. According to Sony's press release of January 7, 1999, for the MiniDV format one frame is recorded onto 10 tracks, with the Digital8 format one frame's worth of information is recorded vertically onto 25 tracks. The use of this recording method enables digital images to be recorded on a Hi8 tape.
Digital8 Fact Sheet
The Digital8 format is a combination of the older Hi8 tape transport with the DV codec. Digital8 equipment uses the same videocassettes as analog recording Hi8 equipment, but differs in that the signal is not analog audio/analog video, but is encoded digitally (using the industry-standard DV codec.) Since Digital8 uses the DV codec, it has identical digital audio and digital video specifications.