I said "unfortunately" because the quality and the ability to preserve what was recorded over time of the tapes is less efficient than that of the films.
The market has chosen the worst recording system
The reason why people preferred VHS and Video 8 is related to the fact that they were:
- easier to watch
No noisy projectors were needed, they were difficult to assemble and subject to constant maintenance. In the case of the VHS-c, an adapter was enough to insert the cassette into the home VCR.
For watching Video8 and Hi8 tapes, you could connect the camera to the TV with a cable.
A further element of simplicity is that the development was not even needed, unlike what happened with the films, which had to be sent to a laboratory and could be watched at best after a week of being shot.
Due to the total incompatibility between the two types of support, my laboratory does not digitize tapes:
Over time I have specialized in the treatment only of films which, in order to be seriously digitized and restored, require experience and continuous technical updates with software as well as considerable investments in terms of equipment.