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When it was introduced by Sony in 1985, Hi8 film was considered a remarkable innovation. Housed in a smaller casing than VHS and available in 30, 60, and 120 length tapes, Hi8 offered such superb quality that it was often the top choice of news outlets and ad agencies. Hi8 featured brighter colors, whiter whites, and even better – sensitive colors weren’t subject to fading. At .5 inch thick, 2.5 inches wide, and just under 4 inches tall, this playing card size was nearly irresistible! Of course, it was so compact, some people complained that the tapes were too easy to misplace.
If these accolades sound irrelevant in this day and age of high-tech gadgets, you’re right. The tapes and cameras are no longer made, and furthermore, the magnetic tape is subject to rapid deterioration. So don’t waste precious moments while your tapes suffer the vagaries of the ever ticking clock – get those stacks of old Hi8 tapes out of your closet and dust off the 30-year-old cobwebs. Think about it this way – when you convert Hi8 to digital, you’re showing respect for a now obsolete format and preserving memories that never get old.
ScanCafe is an award-winning, trusted service with a long track record transferring precious and often fragile memories into digital formats our customers can cherish forever. And unlike some of our competitors, we never outsource your Hi8 tapes to other labs. All services are performed at our state-of-the-art processing facility in Indianapolis, where our expert teams go the extra mile with every tape they convert. Our team strives to deliver a forever format that best captures your original Hi8 tapes.
Rest assured, our dedicated team of qualified film professionals will handle your magnetic memories with the utmost care and deliver a 21st century format you can watch to your heart’s content. Getting Hi8 tapes converted professionally will save you countless hours, possible aggravation, and the need to hunt for used equipment that may not work.
All you need to do is ship your Hi8 tapes to us and we’ll take care of the rest for you.
Your videos will be digitized at our Indianapolis lab, with a 3–4 week turnaround.
The end result is memories safely transferred from Hi8 tapes to your choice of a digital download or USB drive.
For your convenience, we offer several different delivery options. Our standard method is a digital download with a link that is active for 30 days from the time of "Checkout". Additional options include:
Please note that if you wish to continue downloading content after 30 days, you will need to opt into our Subscription Service. Otherwise, our servers will automatically remove your access after 30 days.
With the digital download option, customers are able to review the footage prior to receiving their originals back. We have had several cases where the customer has paid for their order and reviewed the files online and discovered issues with the transfer prior to the order leaving the building. They are still unable to delete any footage.
In order to get the best possible quality while editing, we suggest selecting the Uncompressed H.264/MPEG-4 Files option. This provides you with a much higher bit rate than the compressed file.
We retain the compressed version of your digitized video for a period after your order is completed and shipped to you. That allows us to make additional copies in case there are delays or difficulties in transit.
However, we recommend that if you would like duplicate copies, that you make those requests that the time that you place your order.
The video resolution is 720x480 , film resolution for USB drives is 1280x720.