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Paul Bruty
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From: Ballarat Victoria Australia
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 - posted May 31, 2011 07:34 AM      Profile for Paul Bruty   Email Paul Bruty   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi all. I have sections of super 8 film, approx. 12" long, that the sprocket holes are almost gone. Is there such a thing as a clear tape with sprocket holes to place on the film.

Regards, Paul. [Smile]

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Douglas Meltzer
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 - posted May 31, 2011 11:17 AM      Profile for Douglas Meltzer   Email Douglas Meltzer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Paul,

If the sprocket holes are gone, the best solution might be Kodak Presstape, which is perforated with sprocket holes.
Here's a splicer currently on eBay. Just make certain the tape is for Super 8mm.

Doug

[ May 31, 2011, 02:36 PM: Message edited by: Douglas Meltzer ]

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Pasquale DAlessio
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 - posted May 31, 2011 01:49 PM      Profile for Pasquale DAlessio   Email Pasquale DAlessio   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
THere is such a thing as repair tape for sprocket holes. Do a Goggle search and you will find it. I have seen it on fleabay.

[ May 31, 2011, 06:02 PM: Message edited by: Pasquale DAlessio ]

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Dino Everette
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 - posted May 31, 2011 04:26 PM      Profile for Dino Everette   Email Dino Everette   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Plus if you don't want to go through ebay there is a guy here in California that still makes the perforated tape for 16mm (both a and b-wind), and sells the press tapes for 8mm and super 8

film and tape supplies

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Michael De Angelis
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 - posted June 04, 2011 11:08 AM      Profile for Michael De Angelis   Email Michael De Angelis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Do you mean when the sprockets are damaged from top to bottom, which results in a scissored and separated cut without anything to hold the film together?

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Paul Bruty
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 - posted June 04, 2011 11:03 PM      Profile for Paul Bruty   Email Paul Bruty   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks. I have a reel of super 8 film approx 200' long and about 1/3rd of the way through the reel there is a section of approx 12" long that the sprocket holes are all damaged. The film is ok BUT the sprocket holes are damaged. I need to repair these sprocket holes.

Regards, Paul. [Smile]

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Joe Taffis
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 - posted June 05, 2011 09:31 AM      Profile for Joe Taffis   Email Joe Taffis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A KODAK presstape only cover 6 frames. 12 inches is a really long piece of film to repair! Even if you apply the tapes perfectly in a row I don't think a projector could handle it. I tried repairing much shorter sections with no luck, only to end up sacrificing the damaged frames. I have some KODAK super 8 presstapes I could send you if you want to try, or you can buy them online, but you will need a splicer to line them up on your film.

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Adrian Winchester
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 - posted June 05, 2011 01:34 PM      Profile for Adrian Winchester   Email Adrian Winchester   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Speaking as someone sometimes willing to spend hours on painstaking restoration, I have to say that repairing Super 8 is the most difficult and unrewarding, due to the small size of the spocket holes and how close they are to the edge. I'm afraid I suspect that however carefully you do it, you will still have an unsteady picture during the repaired section, but hopefully you might avoid losing the loop. So I'd have to say it's only really worth doing if you desperately want to avoid cutting out those few seconds.

[ June 06, 2011, 05:44 AM: Message edited by: Adrian Winchester ]

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Paul Bruty
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quote:
A KODAK presstape only cover 6 frames. 12 inches is a really long piece of film to repair! Even if you apply the tapes perfectly in a row I don't think a projector could handle it. I tried repairing much shorter sections with no luck, only to end up sacrificing the damaged frames. I have some KODAK super 8 presstapes I could send you if you want to try, or you can buy them online, but you will need a splicer to line them up on your film.

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Joe Taffis

Thanks, Joe, I now have some press tapes and will shortly pick up a $10 splicer I bought on Ebay here in Oz a couple of days ago. Thanks to all posters.

Regards, Paul [Smile]

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Tony Stucchio
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 - posted June 08, 2011 07:19 PM      Profile for Tony Stucchio   Email Tony Stucchio   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Paul,

May I ask what the film is? Please don't tell me it's HAVE BADGE, WILL CHASE!
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Paul Bruty
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Quote: Paul,

May I ask what the film is? Please don't tell me it's HAVE BADGE, WILL CHASE!
[Smile] end quote

Hi Tony, just a family home movie.

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Tony Stucchio
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 - posted June 09, 2011 07:05 PM      Profile for Tony Stucchio   Email Tony Stucchio   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
OK then it's worth repairing since that footage is unique and irreplaceable. If it was just about any commercial movie, I'd say just cut out the bad footage and hope to someday find a better copy. I bet that there are more copies of HAVE BADGE, WILL CHASE than any other 8mm or Super 8 film ever!

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