Out of 8mm, 16mm and 35mm, which can record more footage?

Assuming that you used the same length of each film and that you were recording at the same frame rate, which could record the most amount of video before you run out of film?

3 Answers

  • lare
    Lv 7
    1 week ago

    The standard frame rate for 16mm and 35mm motion picture film is 24 fps.  The frame rate for 8mm and super8 is much slower, ie 16 fps, which is good because these cameras only use very small reels.  So from the standpoint of how many minutes a camera expose per reel change is about the same for all size film!  35mm cameras simply use a much larger reel.  or put another way, you can't put 1000 feet of film on a 2 inch size reel used for 8mm cameras. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    8mm, of course,

    because the number of frames per foot is the largest.

  • 8mm.  The frame size is in the ratio 4:3, so each frame of 8mm uses 6mm of film, each frame of 16mm uses 12mm of film and each frame of 35mm uses 26.25mm of film (well actually it uses 25mm, but you get the idea).  Larger frame sizes have the scope for greater definition (depending on the grain size) but they use more film.

    • Mmm J
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      "...which could record the most amount of video..." Neither. Film is film - not video.

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