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Video 8 to USB

Now an obsolete format for home movies, Video 8 tapes were actually Hi8's replacement. If you have any Video 8 cassettes in your loft but no Video 8 camera or player to watch them on, we can help.

With only two easy steps, we can convert your Video 8 to USB stick, so you can always revisit those amazing but long-forgotten memories, time and time again.

See our main Video 8 to Digital page to see the full range of conversion options.

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How Video 8 to USB conversion works..

Our Video 8 to USB transfer 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 Video 8 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 transfer your Video 8 tapes to USB

Step 1

Savour them

We'll email you when your USB conversions are available for you to download or stream, and we'll dispatch your original Video 8 tapes straight back to you. After that, it’s over to you to enjoy your old memories made new!

You’ll always know where your Video 8 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 option for your Video 8 tapes.

Your original Video 8 tapes, converted and written onto a disc. 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 disc
What to order
You only need to order one set to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the telly
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Video 8 to USB

Your converted Video 8 tapes converted to 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 thumb drive
What to order
You only need to order one USB stick to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the computer or Smart TV

Your Video 8 converted to computer video files, 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 computer video 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 Video 8 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 your Video 8
Tapes to USB.

Old home video cassettes like the Video 8 contain some of our most treasured memories, whether they are clips from weddings, family get-togethers, or even the birth of your children.

But as technology develops, fewer and fewer people own Video 8 recorders or players, and these out-of-date cassettes keep breaking down.

Digital converters can help with this. To keep your memories alive forever, we can convert your Video 8 tapes to USB sticks.

We have converted hundreds of thousands of hours of tapes in obsolete formats, like Video 8, to USB and other formats since we established Digital Converters. We possess the best equipment, the most skilled specialists, and an undeniable enthusiasm for vintage tapes!

Put your trust in Digital Converters to handle your priceless memories with care.

Examples of our video tape conversions.

Nothing beats seeing old memories remade for today

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FAQs

Q. What is Video 8, and how does it differ from other video formats?
Video 8 is an analogue video format introduced in the 1980s, primarily used in camcorders. It differs from other video formats like VHS and Betamax due to its smaller cassette size, making it highly portable. Unlike digital formats, Video 8 records analogue signals, which can degrade over time. The compact size allowed for more convenient home video recording and playback but came at the cost of a slightly lower video quality compared to its contemporaries.

Our expertise and specialised equipment allow us to extract the best possible digital version of your analogue memories kept on tapes like Video 8, ensuring longevity and easy access on modern devices.
Q. Can I convert Video 8 tapes to USB at home?
Yes, it is possible to convert Video 8 tapes to digital formats at home using a Video 8 player, an analogue-to-digital converter, a USB drive and a computer. However, this process can be complicated, expensive and time-consuming for those unfamiliar with video technology. It also requires specific hardware, which can be an additional cost if you do not already own it.

Opting for a professional service like Digital Converters simplifies this process. We have the necessary equipment and expertise to ensure high-quality conversions, saving you both time and the hassle of dealing with technical difficulties. Our service is cost-effective in the long run, considering the investment required to purchase the correct equipment and the risk of potential damage to your precious tapes due to inexperience.
Q. What quality can I expect when converting Video 8 tapes to USB?
The quality of the converted video will largely depend on the original condition of the Video 8 tape and the equipment used for the conversion. While converting to a digital format can negate the degradation process, it cannot improve the original quality of the tape. However, professional conversion services have access to high-quality playback and conversion equipment that can optimise the video quality during the transfer.

At Digital Converters, we use state-of-the-art technology to ensure that your videos are converted to the highest possible quality, given the limitations of the original media. We also include cleaning and minor repairs to tapes, which help improve the final output.
Q. How long does it take to convert a Video 8 tape to USB?
The conversion time can vary depending on the length of the tape and the method used for conversion. For a DIY approach, the process can be time-consuming, as it often requires real-time playback and capture. Additionally, setting up and troubleshooting any issues can add to the overall time spent on the conversion.

When using Digital Converters, we strive to complete the conversion process as efficiently as possible, typically within a few days to a week after we receive your tapes. Our professional equipment allows us to handle multiple conversions simultaneously and more quickly than can typically be achieved at home, without sacrificing quality.
Q. Is it possible to edit the digital files obtained from Video 8 tapes?
Yes, once your Video 8 tapes have been converted to computer audio files, they can be easily edited using various software applications. This allows you to trim unwanted parts, combine clips, add music, or enhance the video quality with filters.

While DIY editing is an option, Digital Converters can help you create a polished final product by removing unnecessary footage, enhancing audio quality, and adding titles or effects as required. This is particularly beneficial for those who may not have the time or expertise to edit their videos themselves. If you’d still like the option to edit your videos yourself at a later date, choose our Video 8 to Digital service (the Cloud option), and you’ll receive your Video 8 tapes as MP4 video files, which can then be edited in video production software.
Q. Can damaged Video 8 tapes still be converted?
Damaged Video 8 tapes can often still be converted, but the success of the conversion depends on the extent of the damage. Tapes that are slightly damaged may still be playable on professional grade tape machines, and in most cases all of the tape is then salvageable.

At Digital Converters, we have the expertise to assess and, in many cases, repair damaged tapes to a playable state before conversion. Although not all damage can be completely rectified, our team takes great care to maximise the quality of the conversion, salvaging as much of your precious memories as possible.
Q. How do I ensure the safety of my original Video 8 tapes during conversion?
When handling and shipping your tapes for conversion, it's important to package them securely to prevent further damage. Using padded envelopes or boxes and including silica gel packets to absorb moisture can help protect your tapes during transit.

Choosing a reputable conversion service like Digital Converters also ensures the safety of your tapes. We treat every tape with the utmost care and respect, storing them securely upon receipt and during the conversion process. Our customers trust us to handle their irreplaceable memories because we maintain strict security protocols and offer insured shipping options for added peace of mind.
Q. What happens to my Video 8 tapes after they are converted?
We understand that the original tapes can hold great sentimental value, so after the conversion process is complete, we return your original tapes along with your new digital copies on USB. If you choose, we can also safely dispose of the tapes for you, using environmentally friendly methods to ensure that your tapes are not just thrown away but are treated with respect to the environment.

We recommend that our clients consider keeping their original tapes as a backup, even after conversion. While digital formats are less prone to degradation, having an additional analogue copy can serve as an extra precaution. However, we also understand that space and practicality might lead some customers to prefer disposal, especially once they have secure digital copies.
Q. Can I convert Video 8 tapes to formats other than USB?
Yes, Video 8 tapes can be converted to various digital formats besides USB. We also offer Video 8 to DVD and digital Video 8 conversion to files in formats like MP4, which can be stored on a computer or external hard drive. The choice of format depends on how you plan to use or share your videos. For instance, DVDs are suitable for easy playback or gifting to family members, while digital files are more versatile for editing, sharing online, or storing long-term.

At Digital Converters, we offer a range of output options to suit your needs. We recommend USB drives for their convenience and compatibility with modern devices, but we are happy to accommodate requests for other formats. Our goal is to provide you with your memories in the most convenient and accessible format for you.
Q. What is the cost of converting Video 8 tapes to USB?
If attempting a DIY conversion, the cost of converting Video 8 tapes to USB can vary depending on the length of the tape, the quantity of tapes being converted, and any additional services such as editing or tape repair. DIY conversion might seem less expensive at first glance, but when considering the cost of purchasing the necessary (and now very rare) equipment and the value of time spent learning and performing the conversion, professional services usually offer better value.

Digital Converters offers competitive pricing for our conversion services, with clear, upfront costs and no hidden fees. We charge £14.99 per tape, plus £8.00 for a single USB stick, which can be up to 256GB - enough to store 100s of full HD Video 8 tape conversions!

Our pricing is structured to provide the best possible value, ensuring that you receive high-quality digital copies of your memories at a reasonable price. We also offer up to 30% discount for bulk orders, making it more cost-effective to convert multiple tapes at once.
Q. How can I play the digital files from a USB on my TV or computer?
Playing digital files from a USB on your TV or computer is straightforward. Most modern TVs and computers have USB ports that allow you to plug in the USB drive directly. Once plugged in, you can navigate to the USB drive using your TV's media player interface or your computer's file explorer. From there, you can select and play the digital files. If your TV does not support direct USB playback, you may use a media player or connect your computer to the TV using an HDMI cable.

Digital Converters ensures that the digital files we provide are in a standard format, like MP4, which is widely supported by most devices. This ensures that you can easily play your videos on a variety of platforms without needing to convert the files into different formats.
Q. What measures do Digital Converters take to ensure the quality of the conversion?
At Digital Converters, we take several measures to ensure the highest quality of conversion. Firstly, we use expensive, professional-grade equipment for playback and conversion, which is specifically designed to handle and optimise analogue video formats like Video 8. Our technicians are highly skilled and experienced in the digital conversion process, ensuring that each tape is handled with care and converted to the best possible quality.

We also perform quality checks throughout the conversion process, including cleaning the tapes before conversion to remove any dust or debris that could affect playback quality. Our conversion equipment includes noise reduction and image stabilisation technologies that help enhance the final video quality. Additionally, we carry out minor repairs for damaged tapes and can adjust the brightness, contrast, and colour balance to improve the overall viewing experience, as well as optimising the sound quality and removing hiss.