Parameters for Super 8 Optical Sound

Author(s): Edgar A. Schuller ; John Arvonio
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): 19 - 27
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-902-7
DOI: 10.5594/M00922



Commercially acceptable optical sound quality on Super 8 composite prints can be realized in film laboratories on a routine production basis with the present state of technology. In order to insure a high state of consistency in sound quality it is necessary to specify and control the parameters which circumscribe this extremely small format. The parameters which must be defined are in the three general areas of recording, duplication and reproduction; these are described in detail. The various formats now used to produce super 8 optical sound prints are described. Characteristics of the formats which effect production capability and quality are detailed. These films, useful for maintaining consistency of the system are described. A wide range of program material is demonstrated on various reproducers and compared to the original tape master.