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How do you tell the difference between 8mm film and Super 8mm film?

The Eastman Kodak company created the standard 8mm film (also known as regular 8mm) during the Great Depression.  In 1932 , it was released on the market to create a home movie format that was less expensive than 16 mm.

Standard 8mm film is in actually 25 feet of 16mm picture film which is run through once and then back again.  On each reel, the frames are exposed down one edge of the unexposed film and then down the other.  The film is split down the middle when the film is processed.  It is then joined at the ends to form 50 feet of 8mm film.

Super 8mm film was released In 1965 and was quickly adopted by amateur film-makers.   It was much easier to use because of the cartridge-loading system.  Unlike regular 8mm, Super 8mm was one continuous roll of film and not split in two.

While 16mm film is easy to spot because it is twice the size of 8mm film, Super 8mm film and Regular 8mm film are exactly the same width.  If you want to tell the difference, there are two easy ways.

1.  The Sprocket Size:  Regular 8mm film has bigger sprockets and are aligned in between the frames.  Super 8mm film has much smaller sprockets and they are aligned in the middle of the frame.

2.  Size Of Movie Frame:  Super 8mm film has a 50% larger frame than that of regular 8mm film.  Because it has a larger frame, Super 8mm produces a sharper image.  Super 8mm was introduced later as an improvement to regular 8mm, so a lot of people started with regular 8mm and then upgraded to Super 8mm.

If you are looking to convert your 8mm or Super 8mm film to DVD, let CC Video Duplication help you.  We transfer your film into a computer which allows us to enhance the picture quality of the image..  Click on the Film to DVD link for more information.

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