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Children of the late '60s and early '70s remember how birthdays and holidays were documented back then, using bulky Super-8mm film cameras capable of shooting only three minutes at a time -- which may soon be resurrected for the digital age.
Have an old Super-8mm film camera lying around gathering dust in a closet someplace? Designer Hayes Urban wants you to dust it off and get ready to introduce Kodak's onetime trailblazer to the digital age.
The Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge looks just like the Super-8mm cartridges of the past which now face extinction, but instead of small-gauge movie film, the gadget features a small five-megapixel Omni Vision OV5600 series image sensor capable of capturing 720p HD footage from any Super-8mm camera in its native 4:3 (square) aspect ratio.
Instead of taking the cartridge to a lab to be processed like Super-8mm film, shooters can simply pop in another SD card and keep shooting -- a distinct advantage over the bygone era where memories were captured in short bursts. It also makes for easy editing, since the footage can be imported straight to the Mac or even an iPad, no splicing tape or cement necessary.
Nolab also automatically adjusts to whatever frame rate the camera is set at, allowing retro shooters to take advantage of 18fps or 24fps which many Super-8mm cameras provided, all the way up to 60fps. And yes, Nolab integrates a number of "film look" options for accurately capturing the look and feel of the classic format.
Unfortunately, the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge is just a proof of concept device at present, but its makers are now in "the early phase of mechanical and electrical design" as well as testing the shutter interface and sourcing primary components. That should give retro shooters plenty of time to find a Super-8mm film camera to use it with...
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