Cable Television Needs a Complete Super-8 Film System

Author(s): G. Norman Penwell
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1970
Conference Location: New York, NY, USA
Conference Date: 5 October 1970
Page(s): 42 - 47
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-903-4
DOI: 10.5594/M00694



A challenge is made to the film industry to develop a complete super-8 film chain for cable television. There are several equipment elements that remain to be developed before super 8 can become a viable and competitive medium for use in local origination and news coverage in cable-television operation. The unique attractions of super 8 for the cable-television industry are assessed and compared to the alternatives of 16mm film and videotape recording. The cable-television industry needs are outlined and projections of system growth throughout the next decade are made. The potential market for such a super-8 system is explored and a typical local origination studio using the super-8 format is proposed.