Cine Film Format

Are you not sure what type of footage you have, or how much footage you have?

There are three basic sizes of home cine film, Super/Standard (or Regular) 8mm, 9.5mm and 16mm. If you unroll a little of the leader of the film (the first few inches) you can measure what size the film is. The most common format is 8mm and we have been working with 8mm movies for well over 30 years.

If you are still not sure here is a guide to help you:

Film strip size guide

Hopefully, you now know what format your cine film is, but how much do you have?

Again, there are three main sizes of reels:

  • 50ft – about 3 inches in diameter
  • 200ft – about 5 inches in diameter
  • 400ft – about 7 inches in diameter

For larger reels, please contact us.

Here is an example of the three main size of reels:

8mm, 9.5mm and 16mm reel size guide

Obviously, the colours and makes of the reels can vary. On some reels the size in feet and metres is written on the side.

At Aarchive Films, we do not charge you for the size of the reel or an 'hourly rate', but only the footage that is on the reel. The order form will give you a good idea of the price, but once we have our films with us, we will make sure we call you and fully quote before the transfer is undertaken, so you will know exactly how much you will be paying.