As the videocassette format used by NTSC TV system and PAL/SECAM TV system, Hi8 was the higher-resolution version of Video8. Hi8 video format has 400 lines of horizontal resolution which is commonly used in camcorders and it is also one of the 8mm video formats which usually include two forms: analog and digital.

What is 8mm video and what is 8mm video format?

Before the Smartphone, camcorders are the main recording medium. And 8mm is the most popular video format used in camcorders and it refers to three related video cassette formats: Video8, Hi8 and Digital8. The three formats have the same magnetic tape width and near-identical cassette shells, measuring 95 × 62.5 × 15 mm.

What are the main types and varieties of 8mm film?

Furthermore, lead by the 8mm video format, gradually, 8mm film began to be appearing in people’s life. Generally, 8mm film could be mainly divided into two types: Standard 8mm and Super 8mm. Standard 8mm is 8mm in width and it does not have sound which has a frame size of 4.5mm x 3.3mm. While Super 8mm film has a frame size of 5.79mm x 4.01mm and has sound. Super 8mm’s sprocket holes are more rectangular whereas Standard 8mm are squarer. Concerning the film reel, Standard 8mm film’s reel center hole is smaller than Super 8mm’s. Besides the physical differences, the ISO ranges of Standard 8mm and Super 8mm film vary. The former has low lighting and the latter has ISO up to 500.

Why is it Necessary to Convert Hi8 to DVD?

As the main video format in the 1980s, Hi8 had won a lot of praises. However in the digital era, it is rare to find the Video8 or Hi8 camcorders. So you may not have the proper equipment to play those videos. Nowadays, digital forms could allow you to take advantage of the convenience and flexibility of DVD storage. DVD forms could keep you from losing the data and it could be played on DVD player or TV freely. Facing such circumstances, you will feel so eager to transfer Hi8 to DVD. So what are the methods to convert Hi8 to DVD? Next you will access to two ways of transferring Hi8 tapes to DVD.

How to Convert Hi8 to DVD by existing DVD recorder?

Actually, you could find a lot of methods to convert Hi8 to DVD. You can use some additional extracting software to help you transfer the old Hi8 video tapes to DVD. Maybe DVD recorder could be your option. The detailed instructions will be listed below.

Step 1: You need to prepare a DVD recorder. You can purchase a proper Hi8 to DVD recorder.

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Step 2: Prepare the right cable to connect your Hi8 camcorder to the DVD recorder. Make sure your DVD recorder and Hi8 camcorder could be able to connect to an RCA or S-Video cable. 

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Step 3: Connect your camcorder to your DVD recorder.

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Step 4: Insert your Hi8 video tape to your camcorder and a blank DVD to the DVD recorder.

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Step 5: Click Record on your DVD recorder.

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Step 6: Press Play on your Hi8 camcorder as soon as you pressed Record on your DVD recorder.

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Step 7: Start the recording process. Just wait in patience. You need to press Stop button on the DVD recorder when it comes to the end of Hi8 video tapes. Finally, the video content on the Hi8 video tapes have been recorded to DVD successfully.

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How to Convert Hi8 to DVD by Leawo DVD Creator?

Besides the method mentioned above, you can find a more flexible method to convert Hi8 to DVD. Here you will need to prepare your Hi8 camcorder, an analog-to-digital video converter and a piece of powerful DVD burning software —- Leawo DVD Creator. The instructions will be divided into two parts. The first part is to use the analog-to-digital video converter to transfer the Hi8 format video to another digital format, such as MPEG. Then you need to know how to transfer the converted Hi8 video to DVD with Leawo DVD Creator. Now let’s refer to the details below.

   

Part 1. Convert Hi8 video to MPEG format.

Step 1: Purchase an analog-to-digital video converter.

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Step 2: Connect your Hi8 video cassette to the analog-to-digital video converter. Usually the converter has a USB portal on one side and red, white and yellow RCA cable on the other side.

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Step 3: Connect the other USB portal on the analog-to-digital video converter to your computer. Then you can download a video capture program, such as Windows Movie Maker. Click Import video button to capture the Hi8 video (Analog-to-digital video converter is the link between the Hi8 video camcorder and the digital video capture software.) and follow the instructions to save the imported video as the MPEG format.

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Part 2. Burn the MPEG file to DVD by Leawo DVD Creator

After obtaining converted Hi8 video —- MPEG file, then you will need to burn the MPEG video to DVD with the help of Leawo DVD Creator. The program will burn your the Hi8 video tapes to DVD with ease and accuracy.

Step 1: Download Leawo Prof. Media (Prof. Media contains the function of DVD Creator) and install it.

Step 2: Insert a blank DVD to a PC’s CD drive.

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Step 3: Choose Leawo DVD Creator and import video. Usually you can just click Add Video button at the main interface. Or you can drag the video directly to the software. You can also set the output DVD disc type (DVD-5 or DVD-9), quality and aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) at the bottom.

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Step 4: Set your disc menu. This is optional. You could choose from the right sidebar: Standard, Business, Education, Childhood, Holiday, etc. Or you can DIY disc menu with your own images and audios.

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Step 5: After setting disc menu, users could click the big green icon Burn to call out DVD burning panel.

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Step 6: Enter the DVD burning setting panel, and confirm the Burn to(disc, folders or ISO), Disc Label, and Save to route.

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Step 7: Click Burn button to start video to DVD conversion process.

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It is difficult to tell which method is the best to transfer Hi8 to DVD. Compared the DVD recorder, Leawo DVD Creator will be more flexible in editing the videos. You can have a try!