Super 8 and Standard 8 cine film measure 8mm across the width. Usually most consumer cine will be a mixture of the both. In 1932 the Eastman Kodak company released the Cine Kodak Eight which used Regular 8mm film (also known as standard 8mm film). Regular 8mm film is similar to 16mm film except that it is only 8mm wide and only has sprocket holes on one side whereas silent 16mm film has sprocket holes on both sides. Super 8mm film came later as a technical innovation. The sprocket holes were made narrower so the frame size of the film could be larger, thus increasing image quality and sharpness.
9.5 mm film is a format used mainly by amateurs and was manufactured in 1922 by Pathé Frères as part of the Pathé Baby system. It was a budget film format with the aim of providing copies of commercially made film to home users. Shortly afterwards, a 9.5mm cine camera was manufactured. 9.5mm cine film became popular in the 1920's and was available initially in black & white and then in colour.
16mm is easily identified by measuring the width of the film - it is 16 mm across. If there are sprocket holes on both sides of the film, then the film is silent. Sprockets on one side of the film indicates that that there may be a soundtrack. There were are two types of sound track (as shown below). The first is a brown magnetic strip down one side of the film. The second is an optical sound track. This can be seen when held up to the light as a 'squiggly' line down the side of the film
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