Can You Play a Super 8 Movie on an 8mm Projector?

By Timothy Machroli ; Updated September 15, 2017
A reel of 8mm film can be played on a projector.

So you’ve just brushed the dust off some of your old home movies. Now all you need is a projector to take that trip down memory lane. Will an 8mm projector play those Super 8 films?

Is it Possible?

In short: no. Super 8 and 8mm are two different types of film.

Super 8 vs. 8mm

The perforations on 8mm film are nearly twice as wide as Super 8 perforations. This difference in size requires you to use a projector that is designed to play a specific size of film.

Projectors

There are machines, called Dual 8 projectors, that can play both Super 8 and 8mm film. Be careful, though, as these machines may compromise the condition of your film.

Determining Your Film Size

If you’re unsure what type of film you have, Super 8 film has a .91mm sprocket hole width, while 8mm has a 1.8mm sprocket hole width.

Other Options

You may want to skip the projector altogether, and invest in a more modern solution. Many places will take your film and transfer it to a DVD for a relatively low cost.

About the Author

Based in Chicago, Timothy Machroli is currently a full-time student at Columbia College, studying to become a filmmaker. Though this marks his first venture into writing in a professional capacity, he has always enjoyed writing—both fiction and nonfiction—as a rewarding hobby.