To convert Hi8 video to DVD you first need to convert the analog video, the format in which Hi8 tapes store video in, to digital. This process occurs in real-time as the Hi8 tape plays on a Hi8 player.
The simplest and easiest way to transfer Hi8 to DVD is to use a video transfer service and have them do the work for you. StashSpace can convert Hi8 video to digital for $6.95 a tape. You can get DVDs back right away or use the online video editing software to make customizations and create a more personalized DVD.
A second option is to purchase a video capture card and software for your computer and do it yourself. You would need a Hi8 player to play your Hi8 tapes, component video cords to connect the Hi8 player to your computer, a computer with a powerful processor, lots of hard drive space, and a DVD burner. This is an option if you have a strong technical option and are looking for a do it all yourself option. Video capture hardware varies in price but expect to pay between $100 and $200 for a card with acceptable quality. You get what you pay for with video capture cards, look for one that connects directly to your computer's mother board and avoid any USB devices. The transfer rate with USB is too slow to keep up with real-time video capture and quality will suffer a lot. A variation of this option is to have StashSpace convert your hi8 video to digital and send you back the raw files on a portable hard drive.
To place a video transfer order and transfer VHS to DVD with StashSpace go to the video transfer order form.