16mm Film Projector

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16mm Film Projector

Have some old 16mm films, and a chance to buy a 16mm projector, but it's a sound projector. Can regular "silent" 16mm films be shown on this projector. Everything looks the same.
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Are you sure everything looks the same ?
If your 16mm film has sprockets on both sides..... it is a silent film.
A 16mm film with sound should only have sprockets on one side. The audio is on the other side.

As far as I can remember..... not interchangeable.

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Aha…..Thank you. Hadn't looked closely at threading area behind the lens. Really appreciate your help.
 
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Not sure if my reply was posted, but appreciate your answer to my question, PJmax. Didn't look close enough at behind the lens ratchet.....thanx.
 
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The 16mm sound projector with sprockets "on one side" should play the silent films okay, provided there is a speed control. Most 16mm silent films are played at 16 frames per second while the sound films are played at 24 frames per second.

Manual threaded projectors should have exposed rollers above and below the lens where you can inspect the sprocket teeth easily.

(Sound films of course cannot be shown using a silent projector with sprocket teeth on both sides of the rollers.)

The speed control may be either a 2 position lever (possibly more positions for additional speeds) or a variable speed control knob.

Even with the proper projector, some home movies may seem to play too fast. If the camera was spring wound and the person shooting did not stop and wind it up again often enough then the frames per second as shot may be too low, and then be sped up when the film is projected.
 

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