Parts list of the digital super-8 cartridge

To provide more information about our Digital Super-8 Cartridge solution we publish the ‘bill of materials’. This is for the version with external module. Development is underway for a new prototype with no external module, it will have all electronics inside the cartridge.

Bill of materials:

The Cartridge: 3D printed Super8 cartridge, Ximea MU9-MBRD subminiature camera (with Aptina MT9P031 sensor), our own designed shutter sync circuit PCB with photodetector for film claw detection, microUSB breakout board with image capture indication LED, IR Filter, connector cable from PCB to microUSB board, high quality USB cable to connect cart to external module.

External module: Raspberry Pi3, 32GB SanDisk microSD card, Raspberry Pi touch screen with plastic casing, 6600 mAh power bank with microUSB cable to power the module.

Code: C++ application designed built on Qt Creator to control the capturing, settings, and to develop raw images into video, colorgrading.

10 thoughts on “Parts list of the digital super-8 cartridge

  1. There are a tremendous number of professional 16mm and 35mm motion picture cameras not in use because there is no commercially available HD (1080) video assist cameras. Panavision makes the only viable HD video tap. As with all Panavision products it is not for sale. The one formerly made by Arri overheats and only fits two cameras.
    A modern HD alternative needs the capability to grab the last frame before the shutter closes and hold it until the next frame. Unlike Super 8 cameras these cameras are all crystal controlled precisely at 24 fps. Late model standard definition taps did this without any electronic or mechanical connection to the camera shutter.
    Any ideas???

  2. Hi – how about a sound Super 8 cartridge? I would think the current parts list plus some sort of audio pickup that lines up with the sound recording head would complete the package. The sound cameras were built so you could use a silent Super 8 cartridge – it would snap in place just above the sound head. The sound cartridge was about 3/4″ longer than the silent one.

  3. Why did this project die? There are so many people that would buy this due to the massive increase in analog love these days. How can I get this?!!!

    1. Hi there! The project didn’t die but has delivered a first prototype. However it’s a maker project and we are now looking into options to make use of the GPIO ports of the SBC we are using. And there is no intention to go commercial yet. Thanks for your support and interest.

  4. I find this project amazing, wonderful, and so on but : isn’t it a bit expensive ? I mean, how much r&d will cost you and how much do you plan to price your fantastic cartridge ?
    Anyway, this is really awesome, incredible, genius work.

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