Projection screen or light-colored bare wall 8mm film spools Empty take-up reel Before digital camcorders, before VHS tape cameras, the 8mm film camera was popular for making home movies. Even the local drugstore could send your film off for processing and development. Place the projector on a sturdy table or desk at least eight feet from the projection screen or wall. Open the cover of the projector by pressing the lever button on the top and removing the cover by tilting it backward from the machine. Lift the front reel arm up and lock it in place. Do the same with the back reel arm.
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The objective is to thread the film in the projector so that it flows smoothly throughout the entire length of the film without any interruptions. The most common interruption is that the loop in the film is lost causing the film to skip in the sprockets. Swing out the reel arms of your projector. In some older vintage models the reel arms are stationary. Snap the film reel and take-up reel into place.
The reels will be rotating in a clockwise direction. This means that, as you look at the reel containing the film, the film will hang out of the right side of the reel. This will enable you to be sure that the film is loaded correctly.
To avoid any threading confusion, remember that the reels move clockwise, therefore the film will always feed out of the right side of the reel as you look at it housed on the projector arm.
Flip the direction lever to "Forward. Manual Threading Open the first thread sprocket by pushing down on its metal housing. Fit the film perforations over the sprockets and close the housing. Leave no slack between the reel and the first sprocket. Open the lens gate. Leave about an inch of slack in the film by forming a loop in it before it rests over the lamp opening.
Close the lens gate. Leave another inch of slack in the film by forming another loop in the film before feeding it into the second sprocket. Open the second sprocket by pulling up on its metal housing. Thread the film into the slot in the take-up reel. You should have enough length of film leader to do this.
Turn off the motor and finish threading the film into the take-up reel. The projector is now threaded. Turn on the motor and lamp switches to watch the film. Automatic Threading The setup is the same as the manual setup. Rather than manually threading the projector, simply flip the direction lever to "Forward" and the control switch to "Motor. The film is threaded automatically. The film should automatically be taken up by the take-up reel. If this does not happen, turn the lamp and motor off and thread the film manually into the take-up reel.
Warnings Never turn off the motor while leaving the lamp on. The heat from the lamp will burn the film in the lens gate. Always turn off the lamp before turning off the motor. About the Author Based in Troy, Mich. Ellison is a cartoonist, artist and writer. Photo Credits.
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