8mm, Hi8, and Digital8 tapes were never designed to last. Over time, environmental elements will deteriorate the tape inside the cassette, causing a loss of quality. Within decades, your cherished videos will be permanently damaged. Converting 8mm tapes to digital not only preserves the video for countless generations, but also makes it easy to share this treasure with friends & family around the world.

Enjoy Video from 8mm Tapes, Anytime, Anywhere

Portable digital formats allow you to watch videos on any device, including computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. Saving the digital files to a USB flash drive is a stable solution. Even better, save your digital files to the cloud, so you can securely share them online. The best cloud providers allow your videos to stream so you can easily move through hours of memories without downloading.

8mm Tape to Digital MP4

It’s best to transfer video from 8mm tapes to the digital MP4 format. This portable file will play on any digital device. Heirloom converts 8mm tapes to MP4 files at 480p, or Standard Definition (SD). This 720x480 resolution is used by YouTube, Netflix, and other streaming services. Original 8mm tape resolution is rarely above 480 lines, it’s a waste of resources to convert your 8mm tapes to a higher resolution.

Heirloom’s Superior 8mm Tape Conversion

We have never transferred 8mm tapes to DVD. That cumbersome media is as faulty as the original 8mm cassette tape! Heirloom transfers video from 8mm tapes directly to cloud storage. This means your digital video is backed up at multiple data centers, ensuring you'll never lose a file. However, you’re also welcome to buy a USB flash drive as the next best alternative to managing your digitized video files.

8mm Tapes Formatted NTSC and PAL

America’s best 8mm / Hi8 / Digital8 tape conversion service, Heirloom, understands that your 8mm tape may have originated elsewhere. That's why why we convert 8mm tapes from the National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) format, and the Phase Alternate Line (PAL) format. We see many NTSC formatted tapes from North America, but also convert your PAL tapes originally formatted in other countries.

8mm Tapes to Digital at Heirloom

Our experts label each of your 8mm cassette tapes with a unique tracking number. This number becomes the file name from that tape’s converted content. These digital video files are immediately uploaded to your online account, so you can monitor Heirloom’s exceptional quality at any time. This means no waiting to receive a returned DVD or flash drive before starting to enjoy your treasure.

Free 8mm Tape Repair

Heirloom repairs mangled or broken tapes hiding within 8mm tape cassettes. Our experts also don’t charge for replacing faulty cassette cartridges in order to play your 8mm tape. These “surgeries” are sometimes unsuccessful, so we can make no guarantee to save every faulty tape. However, this level of effort is why Heirloom has been called America’s best 8mm / Hi8 / Digital8 tape conversion service. 

Capture of your 8mm Tapes

We play your 8mm tapes in real time in order to make a complete “1-to-1” capture. This takes from 30 to 120 minutes for each tape. Sometimes there are only a few minutes of signal on an 8mm tape, so Heirloom cuts out the dead space before and after that video. Because each customer has unique preferences for post-capture production, Heirloom’s 8mm tape conversion service performs no other editing.

No Charge for Blank 8mm Tapes

Heirloom occasionally finds blank 8mm tapes after they’ve run through our digitizing process. With few working camcorders to confirm the contents of each 8mm cassette tape, we totally understand how this can happen. Because digitizing orders are paid in advance based on the number of media items, Heirloom issues a transferable credit for each blank 8mm tape submitted in an order.

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