There are three main types of film we convert: 8mm film, 16mm film, and Super 8 film. For most people, film rolls have been sitting in a box, not getting normal use. Luckily, understanding what type of film you have is pretty straightforward. Simply look at the size of the film and its sprockets (the holes on the side of the film) and match the shape to determine what type of film it is.
8mm film format was around for 33 years during the mid 20th century when many very pivotal historical events occurred before it evolved into something slightly greater. That means many standard 8mm film rolls are still sitting in storage around the world awaiting a digital transfer, if not done already.
Super 8mm film
You may not even be aware of Super 8mm film's existence, much less it's description and history, if you grew up long after the 1960s or 1970s. But for the Generation X era, Super 8 was the home movie film stock that was standard for capturing family events and making home movies right up until the video era. Despite being an upgrade from its predecessor (8mm), however, its title was always a bit of an exaggeration.
If you want to look back to see the first amateur film available on the market, you'll want to read about 16mm film and its history. What you might find interesting in the history of 16mm film is in how it's evolved to a point of never going away. In fact, new digital variations of 16mm are still being used today in TV production because of its more economical price.
The amount of time a film runs is dependent on the length of the roll. To determine the length of your film, check the following table:
run time 8mm
run time Super8