Digital Super 8 Cartridge Brings Old Movie Cameras Back To Life

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Back before there was home video, there was Super 8, Kodak’s home movie system which used film cartridges to record sound and moving images, ready to be played back onto a giant projector screen at home. So pervasive is the aesthetic of Super 8 that even today, fake home movie footage in TV shows and movies is usually degraded to look more filmic.

But this isn;t a post about nostalgia. It’s a post about a sweet new digital cartridge – the Nolab – that brings old Super 8 Cameras back to life.

There’s a lot to love about Super 8, but film isn’t one of those things. Now you can stick a Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge into that old camera and shoot 5MP movies onto a cellphone-style sensor. And don;t worry: because the Nolab has a ground-glass screen instead of a lens, and that screen is jammed in behind the film gate, you will get the shallow depth-of-field possible when user a lens made for a relatively large “sensor.”

The Nolab will – when available – shoot 720p video onto an SD card, and can apply faux film effects in-camera. And it’ll work with your old cameras thanks to a special sensor design that will sync with the shutter in a Super 8 camera at up to 60fps.

I’d love to see this actually in production, if only so I would have a reason to buy one of those gorgeous old Super 8 cameras I see sitting useless and unloved (and very cheap) at flea markets.

  • TechShizzle

    Fantastic idea.

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