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8mm film

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Regular 8mm Film
(a.k.a. 8mm, Normal 8, or Double 8 Film)

Regular/Normal 8 and Super 8 film is 8mm wide.

The sample film strips on the left are shown much larger than actual to help distinguish the difference between Regular and Super 8mm.

The film's sprocket holes determine the film type.

The holes in Regular 8mm film are larger and almost square, whereas the holes in Super 8mm are elongated.

with sound
with sound
Super 8mm Film  
with sound
with sound

On the left is the common 50 foot reel of Regular 8mm film.

The hole in the center of a reel of Regular 8 is smaller than the hole in the center of a Super 8 reel. One cannot fit their finger in the center hole of a Regular 8 reel whereas, usually, one can in a Super 8 reel.

The film lengths can often be determined by the visual indicators on each film reel -- see image. Common small reels (approx. 3" or 7 1/2 cm diameter) are about 3 1/2 minutes total running time.

How to recognize if film is silent or has sound

Only films that have magnetic band(s) have the capability of having sound recorded onto them. Simply having a magnetic band on a film does not mean the film definitively has sound. It could still be silent if no sound was ever recorded onto it.

Silent (no bands)
Normal 8

With one, or two, Magnetic Bands
Normal 8
Normal 8

Is your film shot at 18 or 24 frames per second?

Most Super-8 films were shot at 18 frames per second, and most Normal-8 films were shot at 16 frames per second.

Very few films were shot at 24 frames per second and usually only a trained projectionist can determine the speed at which a film was shot.
Reel Type 8mm Film Super 8 Film Super 8 Film
silent at 16.67 frames/second at 18 frames/second at 24 frames/second
50 feet (15 meters) 4 min 3.5 min 2.5 min
200 feet (60 meters) 15 min 13 min 10 min
300 feet (90 meters) 22 min 20 min 15 min
400 feet (120 meters) 30 min 26 min 20 min
600 feet (180 meters) 44 min 40 min 30 min
830 feet (250 meters) - 55 min 42 min

with sound
Reel Type 8mm Film Super 8 Film Super 8 Film
(with sound) at 16.67 frames/second at 18 frames/second at 24 frames/second
50 feet (15 meters) - 3.5 min 2.5 min
200 feet (60 meters) 12 min 11 min 8 min
300 feet (90 meters) 18 min 16 min 12 min
400 feet (120 meters) 24 min 21 min 16 min
600 feet (180 meters) 35 min 32 min 24 min
830 feet (250 meters) - 43 min 33 min

Recognizing the difference between Super-8 and Normal-8

Normal 8 film has larger perforations at the edges of the film than does Super-8 film. In Normal 8, the holes are almost square. In Super-8, the holes are elongated and narrow. The film spools are also different. In Normal 8, the center hole of the film spool is smaller than the center hole of the Super-8 spool. In Normal-8, the center hole measures approximately 8 mm. In Super-8, it measures approximately 13 mm.

Common Formats
Common Formats

We do not tranfer the formats below:
Uncommon Film Formats
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