Support and Questions about cine film

We like to keep our customers informed so we have put together some general information about film and answers to some of the questions we are often asked.

Introduction

There have been many film formats that came and went through the early days of cinematography. The 35mm format became the main film stock for production of most feature films and was made of a cellulose nitrate base.

In 1922 Kodak introduced 16mm film that was the first amateur film gauge produced on safety film and had the option of an optical or magnetic soundtrack. 16mm is still in use today with a version called super 16mm. It has been the staple for industrial and educational filmmakers until the advent of modern video systems such as the Sony U-MATIC in the 1970's through to the present day High Definition video and digital card cameras.

Around 1931 a new format was introduced called 9.5mm with the perforations centred between each film frame. 9.5mm as its name suggests is 9.5mm wide and is a format that we transfer to DVD.

The most popular cine film gauges used by the general public was Standard 8mm film and Super 8mm film and as the name suggests, both formats are 8mm wide.

Standard 8mm film was launched in 1932 and had a smaller picture area with larger perforations. By 1965 Super 8mm came onto the market. In comparison to Standard 8mm it had a larger picture area and smaller perforations. It also had the option of recording live sound with a magnetic or optical soundtrack.


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