The best way to convert 8mm tapes to DVD is by playing them back from your Video8 or  Hi-8 to your  digital device.

If you have a Digital8 camcorder you could connect it directly to your computer if it has a Firewire port (IEEE 1394).

What if your camcorder isn’t functioning?

You may have left your camcorder unused for a very long time so much so the heads have got dirty and show no improvement despite cleaning it. And you could not get the head replaced.

Yes, you could  and should use an 8mm video tape to digital video transfer service if one is available in your neighborhood.

That’s fine if  you have a tape or two to convert to a digital video format.

What if you have dozens of tapes accumulated over the years?

It wouldn’t be economical to convert your  8mm video to a digital video format.

That said, there’s only one way to convert  8mm tapes to digital without  a camcorder.

8mm Tape Player

It’s through an 8mm tape player.

This player is very much like a VHS player, but reads only tape(s).

No brand new  8mm tape players are available in the market. The 8mm video format fell out of popularity especially after the emergence of  the mini-DV format and also disc-based camcorders.

You would have to shop for a used 8mm tape player over eBay or Amazon  to get your 8mm video tapes converted to digital.

The good news is, depending on the models you choose, they support the playback of Video8, and tapes.

Here is a list of 8mm video tape players you can find over eBay or Amazon .

Most these models are NTSC types. They’re the perfect solution to transfer 8mm tapes to digital without a camcorder.

SONY EV-A50 ( EV-C3 ) Video8 VCR 8mm Tape Player

If you’re having only Video8 cassette tapes  to be converted to digital, then you could opt for this player.

This 8mm tape player will not play Hi8 or Digital8 tapes.

You transfer video from your Video8 tape via the composite or RCA outputs  at the rear end of the player.

You’ve one video and one audio output. So, basically it outputs mono sound and not stereo.

Check out the Sony EV-C3 Compact Video 8 VCR.

SONY EV-A50 Main Features

Here are the main features of the SONY EV-A50 Compact 8mm VCR

SONY EV-A50 Main Features
Sony EV-A50 Video8 Player

It’s a 4-Head compact 8mm VCR which comes with a Flying Erase Head and Auto Tracking function.

There’s also the Syncro Edit facility.

If you wish to record TV programs there’s a built-in Tuner, not to mention the Voice Boost Pause.

Like most VHS VCRs there’s also a Jog Shuttle and the unit comes with a
Remote (RMT-V124a).

On the rear panel you have:

  • Control L
  • Control S
  • Line In
  • Line Out
  • RF In RF Out

Check out this video to get a feel of the Sony EV-A50 8mm player.

To purchase this model  head to Amazon

Sony EV-C20 Video8 HiFi Stereo VCR 8mm Tape Player

Updated July 26, 2020

This Video8 8mm tape player boasts a compact, slim design.

It supports the NTSC format for Video8 playback and recording.

One attractive feature of the model is it automatically rewinds the tape when it reaches the end. This is certainly a handy feature.

It also has a built-in auto head cleaner and a flying erase head feature.

Made in Japan, its width is 17 inches, height 2 3/8 inches and the depth is 10 3/8 inches.

Check out the video below for details.

Check out this model at Amazon.

Sony EVO-220 NTSC  Hi8 Video8 8mm Tape Player Recorder

If you’ve the budget, go for this Sony Video Walkman which was released around year 2000.

This 8mm tape player will not play Digital8 tapes and supports only Hi8 and Video8 playback.

So, if you have both Hi8 and Video8 tapes to convert to a digital video format, check out this model.

Sony EVO-220 NTSC  Hi8 Video8 8mm Video Cassette Player Recorder

This 8mm tape player has full composite outputs – one for video and two for audio,

Go for this model if sound is a concern when converting Video8 tapes.

Check out the Sony EVO-220  user manual for the full specs and  if you wish to explore this model further.

Sony EV-C200 Hi8 Video 8 8mm Player Recorder VCR Deck

Sony EV-C200 doesn’t look like a 8mm player at all. It looks more like a VHS VCR. So, if you’ve a DVD player or a VHS VCR, you can place this model on top of them, without being noticed.

This model is a Hi-8 VCR, which means it can also play Video8 tapes.

It comes with S-Video and Composite Connectivity.

Weighing about 5.8 pounds, it comes with an IR Remote Control

Watch this video for a good look at this 8mm tape player and recorder.

SONY GV-D200 Digital8 Hi8 Video8 8mm NTSC Player Recorder

This 8mm video player-recorder will handle the playback of all three 8mm formats Video8, Hi8 and Digital8 formats.

Get this player if you’ve a mix of Video8, Hi8 and Digital8 8mm video tapes.

The good thing about this player-recorder deck is it has S-Video output apart from composite (RCA) output.

What steals the show is IEEE1394 or Firewire output.

If you computer comes with a Firewire port then you would not have to go through the hassle of  buying a video capture card.

You could connect a Firewire cable directly from the player to your computer and import the contents of your 8mm video tape into your computer via your video editing program.

Once the video is in your computer in the digital form, you may proceed to edit it and even burn it to a DVD.

You can also use this Digital8 Video Walkman outdoors without AC supply, powering it with an InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series) which is an optional purchase.

To explore the player’s specs further, download the Sony GV D200 user manual.

Also check out a review of SONY GV-D200

8mm video players may have steep prices owing to scarcity. However, if you wish to easily convert your 8mm tapes to digital without a camcorder and preserve precious memories, price shouldn’t be an issue.

Also think of the convenience of directly playing your 8mm tapes to TV just like you would with a VHS VCR.

To purchase the SONY GV-D200 Digital8 Hi8 Video8 8mm NTSC Player Recorder, head to Amazon.

Further Reading

Play Hi-8 Tapes Without a Camcorder : Quick Options

Is there an 8mm cassette adapter to play back your camcorder tapes?

List of 8mm Camcorder Models from Video8, Hi-8 to Digital8

How to Convert 8mm to DVD Yourself without Using an Expensive Video Conversion Service

Is there an 8mm Camcorder with Digital Converter?

Clean 8mm Camcorder Heads: The Easy and Safe Way

The 8mm Video Format Guide

Ways to a Start Sony Digital 8 Camcorder Transfer to Computer