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Convert Hi8 to USB

Some of our best memories are stored on old video tape formats such as Hi8.

Convert your Hi8 tapes to USB in two simple steps and you can relive those wonderful moments like they were yesterday - forever.

Please see Hi8 to Digital and Hi8 to DVD pages to see the other formats you can convert Hi8 tapes to.

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How Hi8 to USB transfer works..

Our Hi8 to USB process is simple, reliable,
and trusted by thousands of happy customers

Step 1

Send them

After you place your order, we’ll help you arrange a courier collection or you can post your Hi8 tapes to us.

Step 1

Save them

We’ll let you know as soon as we receive your order. Our specialists will carefully begin work to preserve your memories and digitise your Hi8 tapes.

Step 1

Savour them

Your USB sticks containing your videos are sent safely back to you. After that, it’s over to you to enjoy your old memories made new!

You’ll always know where your original Hi8 tapes are, when we’re working on them,
and when you can expect to get them back.

What type
of conversion
should you
order?

How to choose the right
conversion for your Hi8 tapes.

Your original Hi8 tapes, converted and written onto a DVD. You’ll be able to play it on any DVD player or other disc drive.


What you get
Each of your videos on a separate DVD
What to order
You only need to order one DVD set to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the telly
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Hi8 to USB

Your converted Hi8 tapes(s) on a USB memory stick. Plug in to your computer (or any other device with a USB port) and you can play, save, and copy your files.


What you get
All your videos on one USB
What to order
You only need to order one USB to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the computer or Smart TV

Your Hi8 conversions, stored safely online. We’ll upload your files to the cloud and send you a private access link, so you can watch and download your videos instantly, from anywhere.


What you get
Your conversions as digital files
What to order
You only need to order one cloud backup link to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Sharing with friends and family

What you can expect from us.

Your memories are irreplaceable - this is how we’ll take care of them

Free blanks

Free blanks

You’ll never have to pay for sending blank Hi8 tapes. If we find any blanks in your order, we’ll refund them ASAP.
Free return

Free return

Your originals are priceless. We’ll send them back to you free of charge along with your conversions.
Free repairs

Free repairs

Our technicians can fix most problems and will always try their best to repair any damaged media you send us.
Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts

More conversions, more savings! You can get up to 30% off, depending on how many tapes you’re converting.
Quality equipment

Quality equipment

The best conversions are made using the best equipment. What else would you expect us to use for your memories?
Real-time updates

Real-time updates

You’ll be updated via email when your order arrives and again when it is sent back to you. You can check on the status of your order at any time using our real-time order tracker.

What do Digital Converters
customers think?

Thousands of people have trusted us with their memories already.
This is what they made of the experience...

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Transfer Hi8 tapes
to USB and enjoy forever.

Gathering round to watch home videos at a family get-together, enjoying (or “enjoying”) clips from friends’ holidays, reminiscing about weddings and parties…

Safe to say, old video formats like Hi8 tapes hold some of life’s best memories.

But, as technology has moved on, fewer people than ever have anything to play them on, and these old tapes are gradually breaking down and deteriorating.

Converting Hi8 tapes to USB stick is the perfect way to preserve and relive those precious memories.

Tapes like Hi8s are the media we convert most often, digitising hundreds of thousands of hours since we started Digital Converters. We’ve got the best equipment, highly-trained technicians, and a shameless love for nostalgia.

Your tapes couldn’t be in safer hands!

Examples of our video tape conversions.

Nothing beats seeing old memories remade for today

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FAQs

Q. How do I convert Hi8 tapes to DVD?
To convert Hi8 tapes to DVD, you need a Hi8 camcorder or playback deck, an analog to digital converter (ADC), as well as a computer and suitable software. Note, this can be expensive and is only really cost effective if you’re making a large number of conversions.

It’s far better value to pay a converting company such as ourselves to transfer your Hi8 to DVD. If you really want to try it yourself, firstly connect your Hi8 camcorder or playback deck to an analog-to-digital converter. Use video capture software on your computer to record the footage from the Hi8 tape. Edit the captured video if needed, and then export it in a suitable format. Use DVD authoring software to create menus, chapters, and other navigation elements for your DVD. Finally, burn the edited video onto a blank DVD using a DVD burner on your computer.
Q. What equipment do I need to convert Hi8 tapes to DVD?
You will need a Hi8 camcorder or playback deck, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a computer with video capture and editing software, blank DVDs, a DVD burner, and DVD authoring software.
Q. Is there a professional service to convert Hi8 to DVD?
Yes, professional services like Digital Converters specialise in converting Hi8 tapes to DVD. They have the expertise, equipment, and experience to ensure high-quality conversions.
Q. How can I improve the quality of Hi8 tape to DVD conversions?
To enhance quality, ensure your Hi8 tapes are in good condition and properly cleaned before conversion. Use a high-quality analog-to-digital converter for capturing. Pay attention to the capture settings, such as resolution and frame rate, to match the original quality of the Hi8 tapes.

However, our Hi8 to DVD service uses the very best professional equipment available, giving a much better conversion quality than home equipment and software is capable of.
Q. Which software is best for converting Hi8 tapes to DVD?
Software options like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and Sony Vegas are commonly used for video capture and editing. DVD authoring software like Nero Burning ROM or Roxio Creator can be used for creating the final DVD.
Q. How long does it take to convert Hi8 tapes to DVD?
The time required depends on factors such as the length of the Hi8 tapes, the speed of your capture equipment, any necessary editing, and the complexity of DVD authoring. If you use our service, our turnaround time is usually around 1 week, but obviously this can take longer when the order is bigger.
Q. What are the benefits of converting Hi8 tapes to DVD?
Converting Hi8 tapes to DVD preserves your memories in a modern format that will last many years longer, makes playback easy, enables you to create menus and chapters for organised viewing, and ensures your content is stored in a more durable and accessible medium.
Q. Are there any special considerations for damaged Hi8 tapes?
If you have damaged Hi8 tapes, it's recommended to use a professional service like Digital Converters. We have vast experience in handling damaged tapes and can determine the best approach to salvaging the content, which we can normally achieve with no trouble. We are also able to improve the quality of both the original video and audio for you.
Q. Can I play the DVD on any DVD player after conversion?
Yes, DVDs created through the conversion process are designed to be compatible with all standard DVD players.
Q. How much does it cost to convert Hi8 to DVD?
Prices start at £14.99 per tape, but you could pay as little as £8.39 per tape if you order enough to get a discount for ordering in bulk.
Q. Do you add menus and chapters to the DVD during the conversion?
Yes, we create customised menus and chapters for easy navigation of your videos on the final DVD.
Q. Can I convert Hi8 tapes to digital formats other than DVD?
Yes, we can convert Hi8 tapes to digital formats such as Hi8 to USB too, which offers more flexibility in terms of storage and playback options.
Q. What storage options are best for preserving Hi8 tapes?
Store Hi8 tapes in a cool, dry, and stable environment, away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, and humidity. Use protective cases or sleeves to prevent physical damage. The same applies for your new DVDs.
Q. Is it possible to convert Hi8 tapes to DVD without losing quality?
While the conversion process involves analog-to-digital conversion, our advanced equipment and experience means quality is actually enhanced vs the original, rather than degraded. This is often not the case with DIY attempts to convert Hi8 to DVD.