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Old February 10th, 2006, 07:18 AM   #1
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Digital 8 on regular 8 tape?

I've been supplied some Digital 8 footage on two tapes. One is HI8, and the other is standard 8 tape.

I'm wondering if there is a quality issue for Digital 8 recorded on standard 8 tapes. Is that normal? (I don't know much about the Digital 8 format)

I searched online - and most definitions say "Digital 8 is recorded on HI8 tape".

and I can't find anything that says exactly what the difference is between the HI8 and standard 8 tape formats.

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Old February 10th, 2006, 09:52 AM   #2
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Difference digital 8 and Hi 8

Digital 8 records digital information on the tape. You are recording 1 and 0 to the tape. Hi8 and regular 8 are not digital formats. However, many if not all Digital 8 cameras will play the non digital tapes and transfer them to your computer by digital signal. This is one of the primary benefits of the Digital 8 format, when it was introduced.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 10:40 AM   #3
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I have a Hitachi Digital 8 camcorder and you can record digital on either types of tapes. Hi-8 or regular 8mm.

The Hitachi manual says, however that it prefers Hi-8 tape though.



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I've been supplied some Digital 8 footage on two tapes. One is HI8, and the other is standard 8 tape.

I'm wondering if there is a quality issue for Digital 8 recorded on standard 8 tapes. Is that normal? (I don't know much about the Digital 8 format)

I searched online - and most definitions say "Digital 8 is recorded on HI8 tape".

and I can't find anything that says exactly what the difference is between the HI8 and standard 8 tape formats.

thanks
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Old February 10th, 2006, 01:11 PM   #4
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It's a digital format so you would expect the same quality on both. Hi8 tapes were recommended but many users said they used normal 8 tape with no problems.

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Old February 10th, 2006, 03:09 PM   #5
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Thanks all

I found that Sony also "recommends" HI8 tape for digital 8 recording, although I can't find a reason why.
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Old February 10th, 2006, 04:22 PM   #6
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I found that Sony also "recommends" HI8 tape for digital 8 recording, although I can't find a reason why.
They cost more.

Arguably they are better quality but thats really more beneficial for analogue recording.

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Old February 10th, 2006, 05:30 PM   #7
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Tape Difference

I seem to recall from a long time ago that there was a slight difference in width, but can't swear by it. You were supposed to run the risk of having drop outs on the regular 8 if you recorded with it in Digital 8. I think that is why there was even a difference in HI 8 tape. It had to be a little wider to get the additional info on there. From there, the Digital 8 was designed to use the HI 8 form factor.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 10:22 PM   #8
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digital 8

My first camcorder was digital 8.

We used both types of tape and I can not see any visible difference after post production of noth in the same project.

I reckon it is sales pitch.


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