Feldman's Digital Transfer Services

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By Appointment Only

Phone:
813-685-4343

Location:

12000 N. Nebraska Ave.

Tampa, FL  33612

 

Video 8, Hi 8, and Digital 8
Video Tapes Converted To DVD
or Hard Drive
"The Best in Tampa Bay, Florida"

In Tampa near St. Petersburg, Clearwater & Lakeland

VHS Video Tape

The 8 mm video format refers informally to three related videocassette formats for the NTSC and PAL/SECAM television systems. These are the original Video8 (analog) format and its improved successor Hi8 (both analog and digital), as well as a more recent digital format known as Digital8.

Their user base consisted mainly of amateur camcorder users, although they also saw important use in the professional field.

In 1985, Sony of Japan introduced the Handycam, one of the first Video8 cameras with commercial success. Much smaller than the competition's VHS and Betamax video cameras, Video8 became very popular in the consumer camcorder market.

The three formats (Video8, Hi8, and Digital8) are physically very similar, featuring both the same tape width and near-identical cassette shells, measuring 95 × 62.5 × 15 mm. This gives a measure of backward compatibility in some cases. One difference between them is in the quality of the tape itself, but the main differences lie in the encoding of the video when it is recorded onto the tape.

Video8 was the earliest of the three formats, and is entirely analog. The 8mm tape width was chosen as smaller successor to the 12mm Betamax format, using similar technology (including U-shaped tape loading) but in a smaller form factor in response to the small form factor VHS-C compact camcorders introduced by the competition. It was followed by Hi8, a version with improved resolution. Although this was still analog, some professional Hi8 equipment could store additional digital stereo PCM sound on a special reserved track.

Digital8 is the most recent 8mm video format. It retains the same physical cassette shell as its predecessors, and can even record onto Video8 (not recommended) or Hi8 cassettes. However, the format in which video is encoded and stored on the tape itself is the entirely digital DV format (and thus very different from the analog Video8 and Hi8). Some Digital8 camcorders support Video8 and Hi8 with analog sound (for playback only), but this is not required by the Digital8 specification.

In all three cases, a length of 8mm-wide magnetic tape is wound between two spools and contained within a hard-shell cassette. These cassettes share similar size and appearance with the audio cassette, but their mechanical operation is far closer to that of VHS or Betamax videocassettes. Standard recording time is up to 180 minutes for PAL and 120 minutes for NTSC. (The cassette holds the same length tape; tape consumption is different between PAL and NTSC recorders.)

Like most other videocassette systems, Video8 uses a helical-scan head drum to read from and write to the magnetic tape. The drum rotates at high speed (one or two rotations per picture frame—about 1800 or 3600 rpm for NTSC, and 1500 or 3000 rpm for PAL) while the tape is pulled along the drum's path. Because the tape and drum are oriented at a slight angular offset, the recording tracks are laid down as parallel diagonal stripes on the tape.


Do you have old Betamax video tapes stored in a closet? If you do, now is the time to transfer your video tapes to DVD or transfer the video tapes to a Mac or PC formatted hard drive.

How old are your videotapes? A typical Videotape will last only around 8- 10 years before the oxide covered plastic tape they are recorded on begins to degrade, tear or stretch. The colors fade and sometimes the picture is too snowy to watch. Before that happens to your video tapes, transfer them to DVD. We can transfer all consumer formats including VHS videotape, VHS-C videotape, 8MM videotape, Hi8 videotape, Digital 8 videotape, MiniDV videotape, and yes, even the old Betamax videotape. We can also convert foreign PAL and SECAM to the US standard NTSC and from NTSC to PAL and SECAM.

NOTE:  For more information about how video tapes and movies degrade over time and how to store your movies check our "How to Store and Care for Video Tapes" by clicking here.

Many of our clients want to know if they can edit their own home movie once they are transferred to DVD. The answer is two fold! Like a rented movie you can not edit a DVD once it is created. However, for many of our clients we digitize their old video tapes to a "movie format" on a computer hard drive. With this process our clients can add titles, delete bad footage and add movie-like transitions to their home movies. Once completed these movies can be easily converted to the "DVD format" to be enjoyed on a TV or PC.

Our Hillsborough County studio located in Tampa Florida just nine miles North of downtown Tampa converts and transfers video tapes to DVD. We also regularly serve clients from St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding areas in Pinellas County and many cities and towns in Pasco County and Hardee County by converting old film types to DVD and audio tapes to CD. To see photos of the different video formats click here.

      1. VHS to DVD
      2. VHSC, VHS Compact, VHS-C to DVD
      3. 8mm video to DVD
      4. Hi8, HI-8 to DVD
      5. Mini DV to DVD
      6. MiniDV HD to DVD
      7. DVCAM to DVD
      8. Sony MicroMV to DVD
      9. Beta to DVD
      10. Beta Max to DVD
      11. BetaSP to DVD
      12. Mini DVD (8cm dvds) to DVD
      13. PAL to NTSC
      14. NTSC to PAL
      15. SECAM to NTSC
      16. NTSC to SECAM
      17. Umatic, U-Matic, UCA/U-Matic to DVD
      18. Audio Tapes to CD

If you are in the Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater area call for an appointment and bring in your video tapes or movies for us to convert. We are only 9 miles north of downtown Tampa, Florida in Tampa, Florida. If you live outside of the Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk county area please call our studio prior to shipping your video and movie treasures to us.

If you would like the best quality DVDs for your old video tapes call our Tampa studio at 813-685-4343 M-F from 10-7. We also convert photos and slides to DVD.

We promise to convert your memories with the utmost care - the proper way!

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