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We convert a lot of 16mm film to DVD for both amateur customers, professional independent movie producers and government agencies like NASA. DVD is a decent format but it only gets about 1/3 the resolution of the film. BluRay would be a much better choice. But, not all customers have or plan to get a BluRay player anytime soon. So, converting 16mm film to DVD is not a bad option in this case. You may want to think about converting the 16mm film to BluRay just to have a higher quality format so that you don't have to come back and scan the 16mm film again.
For the best HD video quality we recommend the Pro 2K scan. Over sampling your film is always a good idea (Hollywood films are always over sampled) in order to get the best quality. So, to get the best looking SD video you want to scan at HD. To get he best HD video you want to scan at 2K.
To meet everyone's budget we also have different levels of quality based on the different generation of 16mm film scanners we have. We Pro SD is our budget scan at 480 lines using a Rank Cintel machine. There are a few companies telling customers that their modified Rank can scan at 3K or 4K resolution. Not even close to being possible. The machine was designed in the 1980s. It can't even scan at HD resolution. So, be aware.
Next, we have the Pro HD (1080p scan), the Pro 2K and Pro 4K process. For 16mm film, we recommend the Pro 2K scan. This is what most amateurs, independent movies and government archives are scanned at.
You would want to choose the Pro HD at a minimum to convert 16mm film to DVD. Again, you always want to over sample based on your output format. If you wanted to convert 16mm to BluRay you would want to use our Pro 2K process.
Converting your 16mm film to DVD will be one of the most important things you can do for your family, your kids and their kids.