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8mm Vintage Camera – iPhone App Review

8mm Vintage Camera – iPhone App Review

I recently stumbled upon this iPhone App that I wanted to tell you about.

It’s called 8mm Vintage Camera and it’s basically mimicking the look of old 8mm film stock and lenses using the iPhone’s camera(s). This is something quite new as most iPhone “image enhancers” like the amazing Plastic Bullet or Instagram are for stills only. This is quite understandable as it needs quite some processing power to process these effects onto the moving images in realtime – and that’s exactly why this app doesn’t record in HD, but that really doesn’t matter – the effects are stunning anyway. After you finished your recording, you can upload directly to YouTube or just save to your camera roll to download to your computer or use in another app (even iMovie for iPhone for editing, for example).

8mm Vintage Camera - Nexvio Inc.

So do check out the video review and let me know what you think. Sorry for the skipped frames in the video, the iPhone wasn’t able to process the screen capture fast enough – so I will reduce the capture quality next time I do that, then it should work just fine.

8mm Vintage Camera is $1.99 on the App Store (€1.59 in Europe) and a must-buy for any iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS user. iOS 4.1 is a requirement.

Comparison between “real” and “fake” 8mm:
Someone made me aware of a comparison video somebody did between “fake 8mm apps” and actual 8mm film (HD telecine). Of course this is very unscientific, but still fun to watch:

Ice Hockey test drive by Storme Wood

Storme Wood read this blog yesterday and gave the app a shot at his son’s ice hockey practice – check it out!


  1. George P. Schnyder

    Hey Nino,
    Take a look at CinemaFX for Video from the same programmer. It records in HD, and you build your vintage look afterwards and render it out. Not realtime, but more usefull for Footage to really use.

    • Thanks George, looks great, will check it out!

      • This looks amazing and Id love to see it used in a few submission at The Original iPhone Film Festival which is free to enter.

  2. I love the app! 😀 Great vintage looks.

  3. Hi, Nino! I, too, love this app. I have both 8mm Vintage and CinemaVFX and they are huge fun to play with. Mind you CinemaVFX takes a while to render a HD clip on the iPhone, but the results are worth the wait. Sure, there are pluggins for FCP that make grunging a clip a breeze… However, what fascinates me is having a device that not only acquires, but post-processes, and distributes. How cool is that? 🙂

    • Hi Carl, yes, I agree! Especially I think nowadays that acquiring images with our DSLRs and other cameras is so easy, we do it all the time – but in fact we end up processing only a fraction of what has been recorded. Doing something in-device is a great way to circumvent this and actually do it right on the spot after you have shot. I might not be the most professional way for our bigger productions, but it gives the “casual movies” we shoot with our phones a much more professional look.

  4. Just bought it, great review.

  5. I would like to use this tool as a filter for existing movies. Or as a stand alone coversion tool … THAT would be great!

    • Yep, but I guess you need something else for this purpose – I’m sure it’s out there! I personally would rather use something on the computer for that purpose, like a set of After Effects filters.

      • yes … or as a plugin for fcp! On the other hand, I l really like that playing with the finger. It has that … hm … analog feeling. doing something spontaneuosly, not with a “setting”.
        So, as a independent program, not an app, you could convert movies, doing all the clicks with the mousel

      • That is so very true. I am really looking forward to the day when “normal” computers can be used with a touch interface – especially editing programmes like FCP!

  6. Mark

    Nino, any idea how to record in 16:9 mode. Mine records in 4:3. I have checked the net and cannot find a option to change this. The ice skating video looks like it was shot in 16:9

    • I’m going to jump in on this… pardon! 🙂

      Nexvio, the software gurus behind 8mm Vintage Camera, has an older app called CinemaFX that allows you to grunge up 720p video shot with your iPhone 4. To be authentic to 8mm, the 4:3 aspect ratio that 8mm Vintage Camera records in is closer to reality, but the effect does look good on 16:9 🙂 I used to shoot a lot of Super 8mm with several Nikon R10, Canon, and Elmo cameras. 8mm Vintage really comes close to the feel of an old Bell & Howell I used to have, too. You can push 8mm Vintage output by scaling it up in FCP or PPro. It’s already heavily grunged so a little pixelation isn’t going to detract too much.

      For higher resolution, I’ve been using CinemaFX for several months and it’s a blast. However, it is slow – after all you are asking your iPhone 4 to do the work of a multicore FCP workstation! Also it is not as fun or real-time as 8mm Vintage.

      • Mark

        Hey Carl. Hope you well. Long time since we tweeted. Haha (markbmp)

        We recently completed a job for a client and we needed to make some of their production line look old. A 60’s sort of look. This app would have been brilliant for that short 5 sec clip. The worse the video quality, the better for that clip. But we shoot is in 16:9, so the 4:3 formt the app shoots in would not work.

        The ice hockey clip looks to be in 16:9, so I assumed it was shot in 16:9 with the app. Obviously the clip has been scaled to 16: if this is not an option with the app.

        Thanks again for your feedback. I will check out Cinema FX as well. Cheers!!

      • Hi, Mark! So cool to bump in to you here on Nino’s most excellent blog!

    • Hey Mark, I wrote to the producer of the ice skating video and asked him, will get back to you when I know more. But I also think it’s just cropped.

      • Mark

        Thanks so much Nino. Appreciate your effort on this

  7. Looks like a lot of fun. Reminds me that I still have some 8mm film I need to get developed (yes, real 8mm film!) from important events such as wedding and daughter’s birth. Is that just pathetic?

    • Absolutely not, it’s awesome! Real 8mm film looks much better – this is sort of a cliché of what 8mm looks like, but it’s great fun.
      I actually recently got a ton of old 8mm films from my dad – he filmed me when I was a little child, I need to find somebody to digitize them!

      • Hi! would you let me know or post about digitizing them? I found a place (we’re based in the Los Angeles area) that’s good. But overall, finding fewer services, and those that are available, quite expensive. And unless my DP husband is there, I often don’t know what questions to ask to make sure they do it right, etc.

      • Yep, will do. I have no idea how to go about this either though. You’re right, there are few places that do it and I have yet to find out which ones do it properly …

  8. Mutairi

    iPhone 4 using 8mm Vintage Camera

  9. Hi Nino, did you let your iphone do a video screencapture of itself, or is this an option in the app to show the UI? If so how are you doing it? I’m looking for an alternative to using the iphone simulator..

    • It’s called Display Recorder and it’s a Cydia app.

  10. Thanks Nino, love the App, appreciate your blog, best regards from a Wiener in New York!

    • You’re welcome Rainer! Best regards from a “New Yorker at heart” in Vienna 😉

  11. 8mm iphone app video

  12. Simon

    This is so far the best video entirely shot with the 8mm camera app that I’ve seen:

  13. Andy

    Love it – definite purchase.. How are you steadying your iPhone by the way – are you on a tripod?! Pretty slick compared to my efforts!

    • Just handheld!

      • Andy

        haha.. Well there’s the difference between the pro and me!! 😉

  14. RCP


    Do you have any idea how to save the videos onto to your computer? I have the option to upload to Youtube or save to my album (on my iPhone) and I have done both but then I can’t find the videos on my iPhone’s internal storage when I plug it in (I can only see pictures) and I have no idea how to save videos from Youtube onto my computer.


    • You have to choose “Save to camera roll” and then they end up in the Photos app … I know it’s odd, but that’s where they are!

      • Molly Seitz

        Hello Nino,

        I just recently got an iPhone and purchased 8mm. it’s all new to me, but I am a film maker and all this stuff on my camera is totally fantastic. I can’t figure out how to get it off the camera though. I went into settings and chose to save to camera roll. WHen I open the photos app it says there are videos on it but I can’t find them. Am I missing something totally obvious?

  15. Ky Swails

    Hey Nino Leitner,

    I see you enjoyed this app just like me ( its just like the real thing )
    I made a little video using my 8mm vintage app and my family and
    friends love it. When you get a chance check it out on YouTube–

    Search->8mm vintage cam iphone / it had to be you

    Thanks for your review

    Ky Swails

  16. Thanks, I enjoyed this entry a lot

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