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Movie Projection Film

This is photographic film several feet long and wound on reels for use with projectors to show movies on screens.  There are several types:

 16mm Film

 This format has been around since 1924 and is usually on large (1000’) reels.  It is approximately a half-inch wide and was used for both commercial films and home movies.  It may contain sound (“sound film”) or no sound (“silent film”).

 Regular 8mm Film

 This format was introduced in 1932 and is usually found on small (50’) reels.  It is approximately a quarter-inch wide and used primarily for home movies.  It is usually “silent film”.

 Super 8 Film

 This format was introduced in 1964 and is usually found on small (50’) reels.  It is approximately a quarter-inch wide and used primarily for home movies.  It can contain sound but is usually silent.

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 The Digitization of Movie Projection Film

 The procedure we use for digitizing all film types is essentially the same.  First we clean and condition the film and put it on new film reels.  Then we illuminate each frame of the film (by the use of halogen lights placed far enough away to not burn the film) and run it through a sprocket-less system (so as to not damage it while it moves).  The moving images are projected through a condenser lens (basically a big magnifying glass) directly into a 3-chip camera with the shutter set so as to eliminate any “flicker” that sometimes accompanies this process.  The resulting images are saved to a non-compressed DV (digital video) file for the client.

 We then notify the client that their project is ready to view.  Sometimes the client simply comes and takes their data, but more often they want to schedule time in the studio to sequence, edit and have us make a DVD for them to view on their DVD player.

How Much Film does the client have?

 Movie film comes to us in a variety of ways, usually in the form of reels of different sizes.  Most reels have indicators along the spokes that tell you how many feet of film they contain.  These reels may be full or partially full.  These are the five most common:

 

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