How to adapt super 8 and 8 mm film to modern TVs
It is possible to play a video exported at 16 or 18 frames per second on any:
- Computer monitor
Most video editing programs (such as Davinci, Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, etc.) also allow for importing videos exported at 16 or 18 frames per second.
However, the big limitation (and none of the other labs mention this) is that there are no televisions or computer monitors that play those videos at that frame rate. They convert them in real-time to 25 frames per second, which can cause problems.
That's why my studio doesn't deliver videos at 16 or 18 frames per second, even though it would save us a lot of time. Instead, we convert them to 25 frames per second during the export process because it produces better results than what televisions and monitors can achieve with real-time conversion during playback.
Did anyone ever explain this to you before?
To transform amateur historical films into modern videos with an editing software, there are different systems. The first is to speed up the original shot, obtaining a Charlie Chaplin-style result that gives the video a comic effect. Therefore, this is not a valid option.
Blending and interpolation
The second is made by adding the missing frames to reach 25 per second (9 per second in the case of 8 mm films and 7 in the case of super 8 films), creating sequences more or less like this:
- original frame 1
- original frame 2
- original frame 3
- cross dissolve between frame 3 and frame 4
- original frame 4
This method is called BLENDING. It makes the video a little jerky, but the original speed remains unchanged. It is the method with fewer contraindications, and it is the one I also use in standard digitization, like I show in this video: