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Movie Film Reel Capacities

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May 8, 2011 by admin

If you have legacy 8mm or 16mm home movie film handed down to you from perhaps mom & pops, more than likely you will draw a blank when asked how many feet of film is on a given reel. You can determine the maximum capacity of a movie film reel by measuring its diameter. The common three inch reel holds fifty feet, for example.

Please view the animation to get a better idea of how this works.


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