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Some customer may be wondering just how much information is actually on film!! That's a good question. The following images are a simplification to illustrate some general points. They are not exact and will vary based on specific film stocks.

16mm Film

16mm HD 2K 4K Scan

Process Comparison

  • Older 16mm film has around 1500 to 2000 horizontal lines.
  • A 480 line SD scan will get about 1/4 of the available details on the film.
  • Although an 1080 line HD scan is better, it only gets at most 50% of the details from the film.
  • To archive 16mm film a 2k scan (1556 lines) is required.


Pro SD Scan

  • This SD scan was performed with a SD professional motion picture film scanner. A 480 line SD scan will get about 1/4 of the available details on the film. You can see how blurry the Pro SD scan is compared to the Pro HD or 2K scan.
  • In addition, you can see the red color shift. This is very common on 16mm and 35mm film.
  • Lastly, you can see the surface defects on the film. Actually, The Pro HD shows it better since the SD scan is such a low resolution scan.


Pro HD Scan

  • This Pro HD scan was performed with a HD professional motion picture film scanner. Although an 1080 line HD scan is better, it only gets at most 50% of the details from the film.
  • Compared to the Pro SD scan you can see it has more detail in the child's face and in the green leaves in the lower left hand corner.
  • In addition, you can see the red color shift was mostly fixed.

 


Pro 2K Scan

  • This Pro 2K scan was performed with a professional 2K/4K Datacine machine. To archive 16mm film a 2K scan is required.
  • Look at the additional detail on the child's face and in the green leaves on the lower left hand corner compared to the Pro HD Scan.
  • In addition, to the sharpness you can clearly see that the Pro 2K process removes 80% of the defects on the film using the Pro Hollywood restoration.

 

35mm Film

16mm HD 2K 4K Scan

Process Comparison

  • 35mm film has around 4K (3500-4000 horizontal lines) resolution.
  • A 1080 line HD scan will get about 1/4-1/3 of the available details on the film.
  • Although a 2K scan is better, it only gets at most 50% of the details from the film.
  • To archive 35mm film a 4K scan is required.


Pro HD Scan

  • This HD scan was performed with a HD professional motion picture film scanner. A 1080 line HD scan will get about 1/4-1/3 of the available details on the film. You can see how much sharper the 2K and 4K scan are even on this low resolution online picture.
  • In addition, you can see the blue color shift. This is very common on both 16mm and 35mm film.

 


Pro 2K Scan

  • This 2K scan was performed with a professional 2K/4K Datacine machine. Although a 2K scan is better, it only gets at most 50% of the details from the film.
  • Compared to the HD scan you can see it has more detail in the face and his chest, etc.
  • In addition, you can see the blue color shift was fixed.

 


Pro 4K Scan

  • This 4K scan was performed with a professional 2K/4K Datacine machine. To archive 35mm film a 4K scan is required (our 4K process).
  • Even on this lower resolution online version, you can see additional details on his face over the 2K scan.

 

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