The first was recorded on 8 mm film, a format which was used from 1932 to the end of the 1960s. The second in super 8.
Both were scanned with the same equipment, the scanner FilmFabriek HDS+. The video below is superior in quality. This is not only due to the fact that being newer implies that it has deteriorated less over time, but precisely to the better performances of the film format.
If you have recorded your memories on tape (like I did starting from the 1990s), you will probably have some very bad videos in your hands today. VHS and video8 replaced super 8 films during the 1980s.
The reason why people moved on from an excellent quality format (super 8) to poor formats (VHS and video8) is that the latter were much easier to play because they did not require the use of:
- noisy projectors
- projection screens
Instead, to watch footage caught on tape, you just needed to connect the camera to the television (video8) or insert the tape into the video recorder (VHS).
Decades later, however, if someone today digitizes their films with a professional system, they can get something very close to high definition while those who came later, given that the super 8 film had gone completely out of use already in the early 90s and recorded their memories on tapes, unfortunately find that their videos have almost disappeared today.
Beware of one thing: having a super 8 or 8 mm film in which your memories are recorded is a great fortune. Don’t give them to an unprofessional lab!
I'll show why in this video: