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Until the 1980s when the first affordable camcorders appeared, people recorded weddings, holidays, birthdays etc. using battery operated or windup clockwork cine cameras.

Two cine film formats were in common use:


Standard-8 (called Regular-8 in the USA)


Introduced in 1932, and the only viable format until the mid 1960s.

Originally known as "Cine Kodak Eight" it was introduced in 1932 by Eastman Kodak. The films were essentially 16mm wide with sprocket holes on both sides which were exposed one side at a time. Each side recorded for about two minutes, at which point the user had to find a shady location, remove the film and reverse it much like more modern audio cassettes. Trying to do this in bright sunlight was a fraught business, the entire film could be ruined by over-exposure!

When processed at the film laboratory, the film was split down the middle and the two strips of film were spliced together resulting in a total running time of about four minutes.


Super-8


In April 1965, Eastman Kodak introduced their new “Super-8” cine film format.

Not only did this format increase the size of each film frame, it introduced a cartridge loading system. This allowed the entire 50 foot cartridge to be exposed without reversing it, and cartridges could be swapped easily by casual users without the danger of overexposing and thus ruining the film.


Not surprisingly the Super-8 format was a great success, and by the mid ‘70s several Super-8 cine camera would be present at most weddings and parties!

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