The best way to watch 8mm tape without a camcorder is to use an 8mm video cassette player, that is if you don’t have a camcorder.
There are no longer any 8mm video tape player in production. However, you can browse eBay, Amazon or even your neighbourhood thrift store for a set, if you really have a big number of 8mm tapes to watch.
With an 8mm VCR, you just have to pop in your 8mm tapes and press the play button.
It’s the best wat to watch your 8mm tapes without a camcorder.
Convert Your 8mm Tapes to Digital
If you have a camcorder and don’t wish to use it regularly to watch due to inconvenience of connecting it to your TV and hassle of operating the camcorder, here’s a workable option.
You can convert your 8mm tapes to digital and watch it through your HDTV, computer or mobile device. That’s really a convenience.
What’s more, you can even edit your video, add titles, music and so on and upload it to YouTube to share with friends and family.
Ways to Convert Your 8mm Tapes to Digital
There are two ways to convert your 8mm tapes to digital
The first way is to use a video capture device. A USB video capture device connects your 8mm camcorder or tape player to your computer through a USB.
You can also use a Firewire port if your camcorder and computer support that connection..
The second way is to convert your 8mm tapes to digital through a DVD recorder.
Insert a blank DVD+/-R disc into your DVD recorder and start capturing your 8mm video.
Once your 8mm video is recorded to DVD, you can rip the DVD with a free DVD ripper software and extract a digital copy and watch it with your HDTV, computer or mobile device,
The above steps are the practical ways to watch 8mm tapes without a camcorder.