With 35mm used princibly for motion pictures and 16mm for news and lower budget television the introduction of Standard 8mm and Super 8mm film was for the first time an opportunity for budding home filmakers to record their special and social events. Developed by the Eastman Kodak Company in the 1930’s the format was an immediate success. So much of the historical footage of WW2 was captured on 8mm film and its popularity continued until it was displaced by the Super 8 to DVD film format.
Super 8mm film offered a 50% larger frame size, having perforations on only one side and it was one of the few film formats where requirements for sound were designed from the beginning. An oxide strip allowed sound to be recorded magnetically. With todays many digital formats and new technology used in shooting a film, Super 8mm film is still used to create old time effects and grainy styles to a movie. Independent filmmakers such as Oliver Stone have used Super 8mm film to evoke a period or to give a different look to scenes. Super 8mm film is still in use for documentaries, interviews, traditional stop motion animation and cell animation to create a classic and old look. It has also been used for some film speed effects that are rare in digital cameras. Kodak is still the only company still making Super 8mm film stock and the last Camera Manufacturer was French company Beaulieu.
Because so much 8mm and Super 8mm film has historical interest the importance of digitally converting these films are paramount as film starts to discolor and fade. Using specialized digital transfer companies like Superdub enable customers to get superior quality conversions ranging from 8mm film, 16mm film transfers to Dvd and Video to Dvd conversions.