Convert PAL Video8, HI8, Digital8 Video Tapes

Transfer PAL Video8 to Digital
Transfer PAL Video8 to Digital

From $19.99

Transfer PAL Video8 tapes to digital format. (DVD, Blu-Ray, AVI, or any other format)

Be noted: this service is for the modern video8, 8mm, hi8 or digital8 video tapes. NOT for the old 8mm cinefilm reels.

For NTSC Video8 tapes, click here.

Canaan Media can transfer PAL Video8 tapes or SECAM Video8 in a professional matter, to create a high quality long-term digital archive.


Definition from Media College.

The Video8 format was launched by Sony in the mid-1980s. It was the first “mini” cassette for camcorders and was a significant size reduction from the full-sized VHS cassettes.

The horizontal resolution of Video8 was 240 lines, the same as VHS. Initially Video8 had much better audio quality due to the FM helical-scan recording, but this later became standard in VHS as well.

While Sony was being trounced in the Betamax vs VHS war, the Video8 format performed well in the camcorder market. Then the compact VHS-C cassette was introduced and brought serious competition. Video8 was well established and preferred by technical enthusiasts, but had the severe disadvantage of not being playable in VHS machines. VHS-C used an adaptor so the tape could go straight from the camcorder to the VCR.

There was never any clear winner in this war before digital video made them both obsolete, but Video8 probably fared better overall.


Definition from Wikipedia.

Phase Alternating Line (PAL) is a colour encoding system for analogue television used in broadcast television systems in most countries broadcasting at 625-line / 50 field (25 frame) per second (576i).


Definition from Wikipedia.

SECAM, also written SÉCAM (French for “Sequential Color with Memory”), is an analog color television system first used in France. A team led by Henri de France working at Compagnie Française de Télévision (later bought by Thomson, now Technicolor) invented SECAM. It is, historically, the first European color television standard. SECAM is in the process of being phased out and replaced by DVB.

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