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Digital8 Video Tape Format and History

The Digital8 format is far superior to Hi8 or Video8. Sony was the first to introduce this format in 1999. It is backwardly compatible, meaning that the new Digital8 camcorders and VCR's will also play 8MM and Hi8 tapes. A Hi8 tape will record up to 60 minutes of digital video and audio. Because of the design, using regular 8mm tapes is not a problem, but it uses twice as much tape. A 2 hour Hi8 or Video8 tape will record 60 minutes when done in the Digital mode.

Tech Stuff
Digital8 tapes record their signal at 525 lines of horizontal resolution, substantially higher than 8mm or regular VHS formats, and due to their higher band width greater color fidelity and detail is possible. The video signal is recorded as DV video which is the same as MiniDV. Due to the digital nature of the recording, no signal loss will result from dubbing, so they make an excellent master copy. All Digital8 camcorders have a firewire (also known as i-link and IEEE 1394, but firewire is the name given by its creator), allowing easy downloading of the video to a modern computer with a firewire port for editing.

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Unsolicited Customer Testimonial:
Hi Carli:

You may remember that I recently sent a 400 ft. roll of 8mm film to be copied to VHS and I was troubled by the cost when compared to work you had done for me last year. At any rate, you were kind enough to make adjustments in my favor and I appreciated that.

I have all of my 8mm copied and your firm has done about half of the reels. I finally got around to viewing this latest copy and I wanted you to know that it is just great. You have brought my old film back to life. This was a "re-do" of a reel I had previously copied thru a local camera shop, and your work is absolutely the best, hands down. The color, contrast and clarity are far superior to other copies I have had made.

So while I regret that prices have had to change, I am sure that eventually I will have you "re-do" several more reels.

Just wanted to let you know that I am still a fan.

Bill Permer
Ft. Collins, CO
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