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Digital8 Video Tape Format and History

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:
Dear Ken:

Just a note to thank you and your colleagues for all of your help in transfering old family movies to digital 8 and VHS formats. The transfers and the original film arrived here well packed an intact. And the results were far better than I anticipated or expected. While the project has proved that my grandfather was no D. W. Griffith, the footage recovered and preserved contains many images of family members who are no longer with us, and there are many pleasant and interesting surprises in the content. Much of the footage is from the Great Depression, and the content choices and attitude of the cinemagrapher are a story in themselves: a reflection of that basic optimisim and affection for family that is pecularly American and refreshing to this member of the Me Generation!! Prior to my first viewing, no one had seen these images for over 50 years!! Now, I have to transfer all of this into the computer in DV format, as I have siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles and parents who are very interested in having access to the material!!

So, thanks again to each of your colleagues who handled this project with such care and attention to detail!

James A. W.
Winchester, MA
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