The Evolution of Quality in 8mm Prints

Author(s): John M. McDonough ; Richard K. Schafer
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1969
Conference Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Conference Date: 2 October 1969
Page(s): 10 - 12
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-902-7
DOI: 10.5594/M00920



Until ten years ago no extensive professional use was made of 8mm as a release-print material. Although some progress was made during the early sixties, it was not until the introduction of the super 8 format that 8mm received consideration as a prime medium for education and instructional technology. Expanding the use of films to many new areas of information transmittal now becomes a definite possibility. To realize this potential, however, it was recognized not only that better hardware was needed but that the entire film system needed upgrading. In improving the films in the system, it was the aim to produce a screen image from super 8 that was comparable in quality to the then existing 16mm systems. The step-by-step progress that has been made over the last few years toward achieving this goal is traced and predictions are made. The presentation is accompanied by a series of films.