The Kodak Super 8 system is a brilliant film format that inspired thousands of wonderfully well made Super 8 cinema cameras. Unfortunately, the proprietary film cartridges are no longer in production and existing supplies are quickly diminishing.
Considered highly collectable by many, these cameras are well crafted, well thought-out tools of cinematography. However, without a replacement for the film cartridges, these beautiful cameras are destine to gather dust in antique shops.
Give new life to your Super 8 camera with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge. Shoot 720p HD video with any Super 8 camera.
Avoid all of the hassles associated with film.
- Footage limited only by SD card size
- No film processing time or costs
- No telecine transfer time or costs
- Direct import into editing application
How it works
At the heart of the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge is a tiny but powerful 5 megapixel image sensor similar to the one in your smartphone. Combined with a custom glass objective lens, the sensor focuses on a ground glass image plane pressed against the camera’s film gate. By using a 5 megapixel sensor we can capture 720p HD footage at the native Super 8 aspect ratio of 4:3.
Processors integrated into the image sensor are able to process and encode the footage in real time to a removable SD card. Optionally the same processors can apply one of two predefined Film Look color correction filters to the footage.
That sounds simple enough, To allow the Nolab cartridge’s image sensor to synchronize with the camera’s shutter, a unique sensor had to be developed. It’s this design that allows the cartridge to work properly in any camera at any frame rate up to 60 fps.
- 720p HD video capture in 4:3 format
- Frame rate automatically adjusts to camera settings (up to 60 fps)
- Integrated Film Look options
- Unlimited storage via removable SD card
- Battery and recording status light
- Image Sensor: 5 megapixel Omni Vision OV5600 series
- Video Encoding: 720p HD H.264 (4:3)
- Memory: Removable high capacity SD card
- Connections: One mini USB port (primarily for charging)
- Battery: Rechargeable LiPo battery providing up to 3 hours of continuous recording
- Housing: Machined aluminum, color anodized and laser etched
- Height: 70mm
- Width: 75mm
- Depth: 24mm
- Weight: 160g
Thank you all, for your outpouring of enthusiastic interest in the Nolab Digital Super 8 Project. It has been inspiring to hear from so many supportive Super 8 fans. I tried to write back to you when I could, but it quickly became overwhelming to reply to each of you individually.
Many of you want to know when the Nolab cartridge will be available and how much it will cost. Unfortunately, development hit a number of technical challenges and mounting engineering costs. Unwilling to crowdfund development before resolving those problems, I shelved the project.
Then, things changed.
Thanks a fortuitous introduction, the Digital Super 8 Project now has the support of a new partner who brings valuable experience and connections in the film and camera manufacturing industries. We are very excited to now be working together to realize the Nolab vision.
Your support is important to the project. We will be keeping you updated as events unfold. Those of you who have written emails have been added to our mailing list. For those of you who posted comments here, we have added mailing list submission form to the site. Please sign up. And refer other interested Super 8 enthusiasts.