The Standardization of the Super 8 System

Author(s): Roland J. Zavada
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): 75 - 92
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-902-7
DOI: 10.5594/M00929



The super 8 system was commercially introduced in 1965. Coincident with this introduction, proposals to standardize film and equipment were made to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, followed by proposals for international recommendations. Commercial acceptance has traditionally been a guideline for national standardization to insure that through practical experience the dimensions and specifications are reasonably valid. To obtain equivalent reliability, the early standardization of the super 8 system required the prerequisite of an informed industry. National standards have been approved on more than half of the 29 subjects of the super 8 system originally considered as standard proposals. Most of the remaining subjects have received engineering committee consideration and are in the final stages of approval. There is considerable feeling in the industry that there is insufficient standardization, principally in the use of super 8 sound film in cassette or cartridge projection systems. The SMPTE is expected to guide the establishment of standards; however, the Society cannot become involved in the comparative rating of competitive items.