Bell & Howell
SoundStar XJ SUPER 8/SINGLE 8 SOUND FILM PROJECTOR with Variable
This is an easy-to-use
quality autoload projector for Super 8 silent or sound movies.
It works well.
Playback and record
sound: Magnetic playback and recording for Super 8 and
Single 8 sound film. Film capacity is up to 600 ft with a
special reel. This machine is equipped will a standard 400
foot take-up reel.
Control: To add interest and variety to your movies, your
projector is equipped with a VARIABLE SPEED CONTROL. Your
movies are running at normal speed when the Variable Speed
Control is set in the center. If you want to make your movies
run slower, turn this knob to the left (counter-clockwise).
If you want to speed up the action, turn the knob to the right
(clock- wise). To resume normal motion, set the knob back
to the center. NOTE: Always have the Variable Speed Control
set for normal motion (in the center) when loading film through
I used this projector to transfer some home movie film to
video using certain techniques. This is not a "telecine
projector", but it worked ok for my purposes. As the
frame rate is variable, I could tweak the speed some to minimize
or eliminate bands going across the video monitor. The projector
plays back normally at either 18 silent or 24 fps sound, depending
on your selection. The earphone jack can be used to transfer
the sound track.
To reverse the action
of your movies for special effects or to review an earlier
scene, turn the Function Control Switch counter-clockwise
to REVERSE and further to LAMP. NOTE: When a sound movie is
projected in reverse, the sound is automatically disconnected
and no sound will be heard from the speaker.
The original instruction manual is included. I scanned one
page that points out many of the physical features. Click
here to see it.
Click this link
to go to:
to: "Capturing The Past" Movie Making Page
to learn more about
Super 8 equipment.
My current Multisensory Projects and Inventions, the reason
I must sell my equipment.
note about Sound on Sound Recording:
Note: At the time
Super 8 was in fashion, pre home video, the idea of any sound
on home filmed movies was very cool. "Sound-on-Sound" means
that you can edit a movie with its original sound, then add
another layer of sound on top of the first, mixed right into
it, so both will be heard as one. This would often be a narration
or music track, for instance. This projector allows you to
adjust the level of sound added in relation to original sound.
In modern times,
most Super-8 movies are transferred to video first, and then
edited with sound tracks mixed using newer digital technologies.
This may not be the case for some film students, whom are
learning the process of filmmaking in a more purist form.
Not much room for mistakes with this system though, as the
original soundtrack is modified permanently when second one
is added; "No-Way-Back!" Someone attempting this might be
wise to backup the original soundtrack on some kind of audio
recorder first. Early
home video machines had this sound-on-sound option too.
Note: Please be aware that
if you are looking for a standard 8 projector (Standard 8
film is different, usually shot on pre-middle-1960's cameras).
This projector model was designed for Super-8 Silent and Super-8
Sound, as well as Single-8 playback only. It does not play
for SoundStar XJ
- Sound System:
Magnetic reproduction and recording Film
Type: Super 8 and Single 8
- Film Capacity:
Up to 600 ft. (180 m.) with special reel
distance: 18 frames
- Film loading:
Fully automatic reel to reel Projection
- Speed: 18 and
- Projection Lens:
f/1.5 18-30 mm Zoom lens
- Motor: DC commutator
motor. with electric self-
- Frequency: 50/60
- Amplifier: 2W
solid-state IC amplifier
- Continuous power
output: 2W 8 ohms 3.5W 4 ohms max.
- Speaker: Built-in
10 cm 2W 8 ohms dynamic speaker
- Automatic recording
level control: Built-in
- Sound on Sound
- Control: Tone,
volume and speed control knobs Input
- Jacks: AC main
supply Microphone, Monitor
for earphone, Auxiliary
extension speaker jack
- Auxiliary input
Dimension: 205 mm H x 290 mm W x 160 mm
- D Weight (Net)
: 6.5 kgs.
the Projector were:
1) f/1.5 18-30 mm
2) Power Cable
3) 400' Take-up
4) Foam Packing Container
- Lower Half and Box
5) The original instruction