The Future of Super 8 in the Department of Defense

Author(s): William F. Gallogly
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): 61 - 67
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-902-7
DOI: 10.5594/M00927



The introduction of super 8 motion pictures into the Department of Defense (DOD) is an event of major proportions in the audio-visual field. Within the DOD the applications of this relatively new media are endless and will be used to serve a common purpose in indoctrination, education, training and orientation. The lightweight, simplified equipment with its accompanying lower cost has made it possible to use motion pictures in more places and in more ways. The key to the future use of super 8 is to be found in acceptance and agreement by industry that a universal standard for the compatible cartridge is an absolute necessity. The economy in laboratory and print processing will open the gates to unlimited demand and large-scale inventories of super 8 film and equipment. The basic problem confronting the DOD as it affects the future of super 8 is the desire to introduce proprietary cartridges and projectors into the system, thereby possibly permitting a reduction in the role of the Armed Forces as a producer and supplier of training films. Prior to any standardization or commitment by the DOD, all available products under development on the market will be examined.