Return to Video Formats
During the 1980s, Video8 was launched into a market dominated by the VHS-C and Betamax formats. In terms of video quality, Video8, and Beta-II offered similar performance in their standard-play modes. In terms of audio, Video8 generally outperformed its older rivals. All Video8 machines used audio frequency modulation (AFM) to record sound along the same helical tape path as that of the video signal.