9.5mm

9.5mm format was introduced by Pathe in 1922 as part of the Pathe Baby amateur film system, it was conceived initially as an inexpensive format to rovide copies of commercially made films to home users although a simple camera was released shortly afterwards

It became very popular in Europe over the next few decades and is still used by a small number of enthusiasts today, over 300,000 projectors were produced and sold mainly in France and England and many commercial feature films were available in the format.

The format uses a single central perforation (sprocket hole) between each pair of frames as opposed to 8mm film which has its perforations along one edge.
The single perforation allowed more of the film to be used for the image, and in fact the image area is almostthe same size as 16mm film.

The perforation in the film is visiable to viewers as the intermittent shutter blocksthe light as the film is pulled through the gate to the next frame.

The width of 9.5mm was chosed becuase three strips of film could be made from one strop of unperforated 35mm film, this was usefull when duplicating films because only one strip of 35mm had to be processed.

In Britain 9.5mm film, projectors and cameras were distributed by Pathescope Ltd, during the years leading up to World war 2 and for some years after the war the gause was used by enthusiats who wanted to make home mmovies and to show commercially made films at home.
Pathescope produced a large number of home versions of significant films, including Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop cartoons, classic features such as Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail plus as well comedies like Laurel & hardy and Charlie Chaplin.

Film for home cinematography was usually supplied in rolls of approx 30feet long and enclosed in a magazine. but spool loading (50ft or 100ft) was also available, Pre-War the most popular film was Ortho reversal costing only about 4/6 per magazine, after the war panchromatic film became more usual, and around 1953 even Kodachrome became available, though it took weeks to get it processed in Paris.

After the second World war the 9.5 gauge suffered strong competitin from Kodak Standard 8 film, which was intoduced in 1932, Standard 8 was becominbg more popular with the public because of teh commercial power of its sponsors and the far lower cost of Kodachrome processed in England, Pathescope found itself struggling to hold its place in the market and in 1959 their was a workers buy out and the namechanged to Pathescope (Great Britain) Ltdwith links to Pathe in France being broken.

The new company produced a well made 9.5mm camera made in England by Smiths Industries and a low powered projector, but the gauge was doomed as a popular format and in 1960 the firm went in liquidation.

The gauge is kept alive by a handful of dedicated enthusiats who have used methods such as reperforating 16mm filmto providecontinued supplies of film material.

Several 9.5 clubs exists in various contries and festivals are help each year.

Here at Angels Media & Craft Studios we can transfer 9.5mm film (sound & silent) to DVD, once it has been digitalized we can adjust the colour to bring back the natural look, increase the sharpness and alter the brightness and contrast.