16mm film has 2K (1556) lines of resolution. If you want to truly archive your film you need to consider getting a 16mm film conversion using our Pro 2K scan before your film can no longer be scanned. 16mm film lasts longer than any other format after and including VHS, but it does not last forever. Most 16mm film under average storage conditions will last about 60 years. And, film, like videotape, starts to degrade the day it was taken.
Even though most of the 16mm film conversion we do is a professional film, there are customers that were fortunate enough to use 16mm for family footage. For the best HD video quality, we recommend the Pro 2K scan. Oversampling your film is always a good idea in order to get the best quality. So, to get the best-looking SD video you want to scan at HD. To get the best HD video from your 16mm film conversion you want to scan at 2K.
There are multiple machines we can use to do your 16mm film conversion. That means that we can meet any budget considerations. We convert 16mm film for independent movie producers, government agencies like NASA and the US Geological Survey and customer is amateur home movies. If you have amateur home movies on 16mm you are very fortunate. 16mm film was very expensive back in the 1940s to 1960s.
Most people with amateur 16mm film are unaware that the film has over HD resolution. In fact, it has around 1556 lines of resolution which matches our Pro 2K scan. So, if you want to truly archive your 16mm film you want to choose the Pro 2K process.
Unlike other companies that transfer your old footage using outdated technology, we use professional motion picture and datacine film scanners for your 16mm film together with Pro Hollywood Restoration technology. No matter if you’re archiving your family history or preparing for a special occasion, we can help.
As Doug W put in his BBB review, “I had a set of old family home movies on 16mm, many dating back to 1938, and the early 40’s, as well as more recent (the early 1960s). I did have some copies of the film on VHS tapes, but I could barely recognize the faces because the quality was so poor. These provided a useful reference with which to judge the quality of the transfer. As for the result, I was absolutely floored. I had chosen the Pro 2K process for the 16mm film, and am certainly glad that I did. The colors were well balanced, even in the 1938-1939 film. The transfer was very focused, without excessive dirt, and all faces were easily recognizable and of a quality that I am happy to view. I suspect that the quality of the picture that I am viewing now is probably better than what was viewed when the film was originally developed.”
Breaking News: We are a company continually researching and developing new technologies to get more quality from your film. We are very proud to offer our brand new Advanced Grain Elimination Technology. It removes 95% of grain and video noise from film to give you a clean and sharp video from your old movies. It is an amazing technology that has been in development for years.