8mm to VHS Cassette Adapter
Does such a thing exist? Short answer – NO
VHS and 8mm video formats are vastly different and are not compatible with each other. VHS is half inch tape while Hi8 is 8mm. The recording formats also differ hugely in terms of the way the information is recorded onto the tape.
VHS has a smaller cousin VHS C (Compact). VHS C or Compact was introduced to compete against 8mm / Hi8 in the consumer camera market. VHS C had one advantage over 8mm in that one could use a VHS cassette adaptor which would allow the smaller or compact cassette to be played in a normal VHS VCR. Only VHS C tapes fit into the adaptor. There is no adaptor to convert a 8mm tape to fit into a VHS machine.
Apart from the obvious differences in physical appearance and size, other factors such as tape / video head speed ratio, FM vs longitudinal audio recording and synch signal recording make the formats technically incompatible.
I would argue that 8mm / Hi8 was a better format, image and audio quality was superior to the VHS C format.
VHS C Cassette
Hi 8 Video Cassette
Pros and Cons
- 1/2 inch tape
- 45 or 60 minute tapes
- Can be played in a VHS VCR with a cassette adaptor
- Poor image quality
- Poor audio recording
- Larger mechanism
- 8mm tape
- 30, 60, 90 and 120 minute tapes
- Cannot be played in a VHS VCR
- Playback via the camera or dedicated 8mm VCR
- Superior image recording
- Better audio recording
- Smaller mechanism
So how do you get your 8mm tapes converted? You will need a 8mm player of some description. Sony launched 3 different formats in the 8mm range. 8mm, Hi8 and Digital 8. A Video 8 player / camcorder will only play 8mm tapes, a Hi8 player / camcorder will play Hi8 and 8mm video. A Digital 8 player will play all three formats (generally speaking, there may be some model variations that this does not apply to).
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