Camera Takes “Movies” on Standard Cut Film (Sep, 1948)

Camera Takes “Movies” on Standard Cut Film

“Movies” you can carry in your pocket and show without a projector are taken by a special camera that uses cut film and has no shutter. While posing for the picture, the subject can move and act just as he would for a movie camera. The camera is coupled to speed lights that fire 180 flashes a minute. Each flash produces an exposure. The film is transported automatically between flashes so that 42 separate negatives

are made on one sheet of 4 by 5 cut film. The film is then enlarged and the 42 photographs mounted as pages in a book about the size of a match folder. When the pages are riffled, action of the subject is reproduced. No other lights are needed because the speed lights have built-in modeling lamps that go off when the camera is operating. Operation is automatic once the starter button is pressed.

  1. Hirudinea says: April 6, 20123:12 pm

    Why 42 “Frames” a minute? Film cameras only shoot (or shot) at 24?

  2. Hirudinea says: April 6, 20123:15 pm

    Please ignore the previous post, I’m an idiot.

  3. Toronto says: April 7, 20126:33 pm

    So three frames per second for 21 seconds – that’s a fairly good length of time, but a low rate. All my high school history books had about 20 fps – of course they were hundreds of pages. (Yeah, I animated every corner. I was bored.)

  4. Heurrgh says: April 15, 20129:29 am

    I turned the stills from the scanned page into a 3 frames per second gif to see what the original would look like. You can see it here;…

  5. Toronto says: April 15, 201210:33 am

    Thanks, Heurrgh!

    (Poor guy just can’t keep that pipe lit!)

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