A More Compact Tape Size and Better Audio
This was a revelation to many people, despite the format initially being reserved for families with deeper pockets. Nevertheless, you might remember some of the first Video8 camcorders on the market conveniently being able to fit in the palm of your hand. It ushered in the era of camcorders and all electronics gradually becoming smaller and smaller.
As with all prior media formats, it also evolved to a point where it became very popular in the home camcorder market up into the 1990s.
The Jump to Hi8 Video
It was created as an alternative to VHS's similar upgrade in Super-VHS. And both dominated the camcorder market from then on until digital camcorders became dominant into the 2000s.
There was one more evolution of Video8, however, that managed to take it into the digital era.
The Fate of 8mm Video Format
If your family had a Video8, Hi8 or Digital8 camcorder over the last 30 years, it's possible you have many of those tapes stored away and can't find a way to play them. Hours of recorded family events from the 1980s to the 2000s may be on those tapes that are slowly deteriorating and need to be preserved.
That's where those of us here at Click-Scan-Share come in. We're noted for taking special care in restoring any video format and transferring the contents to gold DVD's so they last a lifetime.
Contact us in San Diego, San Francisco or Chicago and we'll tell you more about the Video8 format and how we can make your old home movies look better than ever. You can also come to us for quality transfers of even older media, including the earliest home movie formats of 8mm and 16mm films.
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