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Super 8 mm Film Transferring and History

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Super8 film research was commenced by Eastman Kodak in the early 1960s. Kodak scientists sought to simplify the film making process by eliminating the need to flip the double 8 film loads required by the Regular 8 mm film cameras. They also eliminated the need to thread the film, by using a cartridge loading system. The sprocket holes were made smaller. This allowed the frame area to be increased by 50% providing a better image. Super eight also made sound recording possible for the amateur.
The new Super8 film format was released in 1965, and was an immediate success. Super eight was tremendously popular with amateur and serious film makers until the mid 1980s when video tape began to replace the film for home movies. Super 8 film is still used today by film students and other hobbyists.

The Film Transfer
Super8 film is transferred to a variety of mediums at Integrated Imaging. We use modified Eumig and Elmo Super8 projectors set to run at 15 or 20 frames per second silent, and 24 or 18 frames per second for sound. This puts each movie frame on 3 or 4 video fields silent, and 3 field 2 field pull down for sound, 18 frames per second is achieved via frame interpolation.
The film is then projected into a multiplexer which provides an aerial transfer, meaning the image is projected to a plane in mid air so there is no screen to rob light and color saturation. Our 3 chip digital transfer cameras are then setup to record the aerial image by focusing the lens on the same aerial plane as the projector. This is a tricky optical setup that is well worth the effort as a bright, colorful, and sharp image is the result.
The resulting video signal is sent via "firewire" (at 525 lines of resolution) to either the transfer computer for DVD or when editing is required, or to MiniDV and Digital8 recorders. At the same time s-video signals (400 lines of resolution) are sent to professional SVHS editing decks for SVHS and VHS transfers, and to Hi8 Decks for Hi8 and Video8 transfers. The video signals are monitored at all times to insure the highest quality video that each device and format is capable of recording.
    The audio signal from any super8 sound film is captured during the transfer process using high quality sound projectors. This signal is monitored at all times to insure proper audio levels. Any stereo recording is converted to mono during this process. If you require stereo the audio channels must be recorded on 2 passes and merged in the editing process. Call us for a quote on this.
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