How can I convert my Hi8 video tapes to digital without issues?

Hi8 Video Tape

Episode 915

Sam from Adelaide, AUS

Sam wants to convert his Hi8 video tapes to digital. He's tried several methods including using the ADVC110 converter, but he gets a blurry distorted band along the bottom. Leo says that could be an issue of "overscan." This is an extra image area around the video image that's not normally seen. This is because TVs in the 1930's had varying display areas on the screens.

Is there a way for me to transfer my old Super 8 and 8mm film to digital?

Episode 885

Laurie from Burbank, CA

Leo said she could try to do it herself, but it would be tedious and probably wouldn't turn out as well as sending it to a service. Leo recommends ScanCafe. They're affordable and will not only transfer home movies, but they'll clean and treat the film as well so she'll get the best possible image.