You can’t play a MiniDV tape on a Hi8 camcorder. MiniDV has a different tape size than Hi8. Also, MiniDV is digital while Hi8 is analog.
Let’s examine in detail why you can’t play MiniDV on a Hi8 camcorder.
Tape Size Difference
A MiniDV tape measures 66 x 48 x 12.2 mm.
A Hi8 tape measures 90.5 × 60.2 × 10.5 mm.
Since a MiniDV tape is smaller than a Hi8 tape, you may wonder if it fits into a Hi8 camcorder tape compartment.
Although you can place a MiniDV tape into a Hi8 camcorder, it would not sit there.
A MiniDV tape would not fit into the tape compartment of a Hi8 camcorder.
Is there a MiniDV to Hi8 Adapter?
Since a MiniDV doesn’t sit in a Hi8 camcorder, is there an Hi8 adapter that could fit a MiniDV tape?
In other words, is there an adapter that can turn the size of a MiniDV tape into that of a Hi8 tape?
Maybe an adapter like one which turns a VHS-C tape into the size of a VHS tape?
No, there isn’t a Hi8 adapter for MiniDV tapes.
Plays Only 8mm Tapes
Hi8 camcorders will only accept 8mm tapes.
There are three types of 8mm tape formats – Video8, Hi8 and Digital8 tapes.
With a Hi8 camcorder, you can play only Video8 and Hi8 tapes. A Digital8 tape would fit into the camcorder. It will even play it but you won’t get a picture.
This is because Digital8 contains a digital video signal whereas a Hi8 camcorder plays only analog 8mm tapes.
Similarly, a MiniDV tape contains digital video and you can’t play it on an analog Hi8 camcorder.
How to Play MiniDV Tapes
You are probably looking to play MiniDV tapes on a Hi8 camcorder because you don’t have a MiniDV camcorder.
Since you can’t play MiniDV on a Hi-8 camcorder, here are some solutions.
Use a MiniDV Player
The only other way to play your MiniDV tapes is by using a MiniDV player or MiniDV VCR.
If you have dozens of tapes to play you may want to get a unit.
All you have to do is pop in your MiniDV tape and hit the Play button.
Convert MiniDV to Digital
If you don’t fancy buying a MiniDV camcorder or a MiniDV player, then you can use a tape-to-digital service.
This option is ideal if you only have a MiniDV tape or two to play.
Such a service will convert your MiniDV tape(s) to a digital format like MP4.
You can then watch the MiniDV video content through your computer, smartphone or even HDTV.