Film Identification Chart

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Film and Reel Identification

Standard 8 mm Film
Stand 8 mm 3 inch film reel
Smaller center holes than super 8mm

3 INCH Reel
A standard 8 mm 3 inch film reel, as pictured to the right, holds a maximum of 50 feet of film. Standard 8 mm film is always silent. A sound camera was never marketed. The film runs at 15, 16 or 18 fps, (frames per second), and was a setting on the camera. Most film was shoot at 15 fps and got the most, 3 1/2 minutes, from the 50 ft of film.

Reels can be plastic or metal

  Standard 8 mm eight inch reel
5 to 6 inch reel (plastic)
7 to 8 inch reel (metal)
Fifty foot 3 inch reels of 8 mm film was often spliced together and put on larger reels for easer handling and longer run times. The three size of 8 mm film reels is 3 inch (50 ft maximum), 5 inch (200 foot maximum) and 8 inch (400 foot maximum)

Super 8 mm Film

Super 8 mm Film Reel
Larger center hole than standard 8 mm
3 INCH Reel
A Super 8 mm 3 inch film reel, as pictured to the right, holds a maximum of 50 feet of film. Super 8 mm film can be silent or have sound Normally this film runs at 16 or 18 fps, (frames per second), this is a setting on the camera. Most silent film was shoot at 15 fps and sound film at 18 fps. The individual frames on super 8 mm film are larger, wider, then standard 8 mm film. Super 8 mm film normally gets 3 minutes from 50 ft of film.
Super 8 mm Sound Film
Super 8 mm Sound Film

Stereo sound will have two copper strips and mono sound will have a single copper strip
5 inch super 8 mm film reel
7 inch super reel
This is a 5 inch super 8 mm metal film reel. Put you mouse on the reel and notice the scale on the top spoke of the reel. It indicates 25 ft to 200 ft
This is a 7 inch super 8 mm plastic film reel. It holds a maximum of 400 ft
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16 mm Silent Film
16 mm film with dual sprocket holes this is the earliest home movie film dating back to the thirties

Single sprocket holes 16 mm silent film. This came into use when 16 mm sound film became popular

16 mm Magnetic Sound Film
A copper strip indicates this as magnetic sound, it is very rare Magnetic film requires a special projector.

16 mm Optical Sound Film
If you look carefully you can see the optical sound track. It can be mono or stereo. Most 16 mm sound film will be of the optical type.

   
   
   
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