1. How do Video8, Hi8, Digital8 cassettes differ from each other?
    These are three different types of tapes with similar outer cassette casings but have employed different way of storing the video and audio information inside of the cassette tape and hence it is difficult for to find a suitable device that can play these tapes and people end up with a wrong incompatible playback device.

    • Video8 is a video format first used in the 1980s. It is quite low resolution by today’s standards (about 240 lines) and supports mono audio (one channel, not stereo)
    • Hi8 is an improved version of the 8mm format released in the 1990s with slightly higher resolution video, and capable of stereo audio.
    • Digital8 uses the same 8mm tapes, but records video and audio in a digital format, as opposed to the analog formats used by Video8 and Hi8.

    Now that you know about these 3 types each of these 3 types can further be classified based on the available analog television systems.

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  2. What are various types of Analogue television systems?

    There are only three television standards in the world: NTSC, PAL, and SECAM. Each has their own attributes and they are not compatible with each other.
    • NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) is the oldest existing standard, developed in the USA and first used in 1954. It’s parameters are as follows:Lines: 625
      Frame rate: 29.97 HzPicture resolutions: 720 x 480; 704 x 480; 352 x 480; 352 x 240
    • PAL (Phase Alternating Line) was developed in 1967 by the United Kingdom & Germany. PAL standard utilizes a wider channel bandwidth than NTSC which allows for better picture quality. It’s Parameters are as follows:Lines: 525
      Frame rate: 25 Hz
      Picture resolution: 720 x 576; 704 x 576; 352 x 576; 352 x 288
    • SECAM (Sequential couleur noire) was developed in France in 1967. SECAM uses the same bandwidth and resolution (720×576) as PAL but transmits the color information sequentially. Take note that only a handful of products support SECAM.


  3.  So what are various types of 8mm tapes:
    1. Video 8 NTSC
    2. Video 8 PAL
    3. Hi8 NTSC
    4. Hi8 PAL
    5. Digital8 NTSC
    6. Digital8 PAL
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