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#1 robert carey

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 08:28 PM

i have a super 8mm projector how can i watch my 8mm flims on it


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#2 George Ebersole

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 08:39 PM

There might be a switch to adjust the film gauge.  I seem to recall that regular 8mm is slightly wider than standard super 8.

 

Didn't there used to be like a few die hard Super 8 guys on this forum?


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 08:42 PM

i have 8mm on reels but i have super 8 reel spindles 


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#4 Perry Paolantonio

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 08:39 AM

The perforations are different between R8 and S8. Many projectors have a switch that lets you change the projector over from one format to another - usually it's a lever or some kind of sliding tab that you pull out or push in.

 

The film is the same width, but the perforation size, placement and image size are different so you need to make sure your projector can switch formats and that you use the right one, or you'll likely shred the film. If it's very old film, I don't recommend projecting it. Maybe look at it on a hand-wound viewer instead, which has a less complex film path, and in which you can see what's happening and stop if the film starts to get damaged. Old film shrinks - sometimes a lot - and putting it through a projector can destroy it in a hurry.

 

As for the reels - the only difference is the hub. There are adapters, but it's not uncommon to see 8mm on S8 reels.

 

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