This 8mm Film Formats Infographic explains the differences between 8mm and Super 8mm film reels, and will help you identify your home movies. When you want to transfer your 8mm to DVD, it’s important to know what you have. Costs for transferring your films are normally based on how many feet of film you have. There is usually no difference in price between 8mm with or without sound.
8mm film has larger sprocket holes when compared to Super 8mm. They are vertically oriented, and are placed between the film frames. Super 8mm films have smaller, horizontally oriented sprocket holes that are place in the middle of each frame.
If your films have sound, you will be able to see a thin gold band along one or both edges of the film. Dual tracks are more rare, though they do exist. Most films do not have stereo sound.
8mm film came in fixed reel sizes, including 3″, 4″, 5″ 6″ and 7″. Larger reels do exist, but you will rarely see home movies on such large reels. The home movie film projectors simply weren’t made for those larger formats. Some reels have increment markings that show you how many feet of film is actually contained on each reel. If not, you can estimate with the following guide:
3″ reels hold 50′ and provide about 3:00 minutes of run time.
4″ reels hold 100′ and provide about 7:00 minutes of run time.
5″ reels hold 200′ and provide about 14:00 minutes of run time.
6″ reels hold 300′ and provide about 21:00 minutes of run time.
7″ reels hold 400′ and provide about 28:00 minutes of run time.
By far, the most common 8mm film reels are in the 3″ and 7″ sizes, followed by the 5″ size. 4″ and 6″ films are relatively rare.
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