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How many feet on a 8mm or 16mm film reel?

Film Transfers

To find out how much 8mm film or 16mm film is on a reel, measure the diameter of the film reel (straight across the middle of the reel from one edge to the other).

For each reel size the amount of film it will contain is the same whether the film is regular 8mm or Super8 film. The most common 8mm film reel sizes can range from 3″ to 7″ in diameter.

Based on the diameter of the reel and assuming the reel is full, each 8mm film reel size can hold the following:

How many feet of 8mm film will fit on a DVD, usb or hard drive?

A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of film. That’s the equivalent of about 1,700-2,000 feet of 8mm film depending on whether it is regular 8mm or super 8 film.  The following is based on 2 hours of film.

Film Type2 hour DVD will hold up to:File size – AVI or MOVFile size – MP4
Regular 8 film1,700 feet26GB 2.6GB
Super 8 film2,000 feet26GB 2.6GB

Learn more about transferring 8mm and super 8 film to DVD and digital

How many feet of 16mm film will fit on a DVD, usb or hard drive?

A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of film.  That’s the equivalent of about 2,700-4,300 feet of 16mm film depending on the speed the film was recorded at.  The following is based on 2 hours of film.

Film Type2 hour DVD will hold up to:
File size – AVI or MOVFile size – MP4
16mm film2,700 – 4,300 feet26GB2.6GB

The most common 16mm film reel sizes can range from 3″ to 15″ in diameter. Based on the diameter of the reel and assuming the reel is full, each 16mm film reel size can hold the following:

Diameter (inches)Length (# feet)
3″50 ft
4″100 ft
5″200 ft
7″400 ft
9″600 ft
10.5″800 ft
12″1,200 ft
14″1,600 ft
15″2,000-2,300 ft

Learn more about transferring 16mm film to DVD and digital