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.
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 (our ProHD or 2K process).
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 SD scan is compared to the HD or ProHD scan.
In addition, you can see the red color shift. This is very common on both 16mm and 35mm film.
Lastly, you can see the scratch and nick defects on the film.