16mm Film to DVD

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By Brad Hinkle 2/12/2020

If you are looking for the highest quality 16mm film to DVD transfer, you found it. We specialize in professional film scanning of 16mm and 35mm film at SD, HD and 2K (1556) and 4K (3112) resolution. Even though DVD is the most popular format, it only holds less than 1/2 the resolution of your 16mm film. In order to get decent quality back you would really need to transfer the 16mm film to BluRay. For the best HD video quality we recommend the Pro 2K scan. Over sampling 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 he best HD video you want to scan at 2K.

Does your 16mm or 35mm film have 2K resolution? Absolutely. Even old 16mm film can have up to 2K lines of resolution. 35mm film can have up to 4K lines of resolution. So, yes, the detail is there. The only way to truly archive 16mm film is with a 2K scan of the film.

If your goal is to transfer your 16mm film to DVD then you found the right company. We not only offer the highest resolution 16mm scan in the World, we also only use the best archival DVDs. Most DVDs only last about 10 years. So, yes, it is important to get a good scan of your film but it is also important to put in on good media.

But, if you truly want to archive your 16mm film you should consider getting the transfer back on an HD format like BluRay or the master 2K DPX files. The DPX master files will give you the most flexibility down the road and if you didn't know it, 4K TVs are right around the corner. We also offer more manageable editing files like HD-AVI or Apple ProRes. Be aware the ProRes will only work in Final Cut Pro on the Mac. If you are looking for a good universal HD format then choose HD-AVI.

"Pro Hollywood Restoration Technology" is available in the Pro 2K and Pro 4K packages from Video Conversion Experts. This 16mm film to DVD technology removes scratches and graininess, corrects the color and improves exposure issues on the film. If your film is in average to good shape today, our restoration process can result in footage that is as good as or better than the original film. This is why our 16mm film to DVD conversion process is the best.

As Richard S put it in his BBB review, "I discovered two reels of 16mm film from my parents' wedding in 1946. I sent them to Video Conversion Experts and a week later, the film was returned together with an archival DVD (with music added) and a Passport hard drive with an AVI file of the movie in Hi Def. The results are amazing. The service was prompt and the conversion exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to preserve their legacy films in a digital format."

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.

16mm and 35mm Film Conversion Services

*Scanning per foot cost includes scanning only. This does not include the cost of the output format(s) like DVD*
**The example Pro 2K and Pro 4K picture includes optional color correction**
Order Process
Step 1

Organize and Number

Number the boxes, cans or reels in the best order you can from 1 to X and we'll Follow that order

Step 2

Choose Process

SD Scan
Produces 50-60% less quality then the film
Produces 20-25% less quality then the film
Scan produces video that is as good as the film
scan produces video that is better then the film

Step 3

Choose Format

DVD & BluRay
Good for viewing on TV, Not for editing
Good for viewing anywhere and will last longer then DVD/BluRay
AVI, HD-AVI & ProRes
Good for Editing not for Viewing on TV
Professional Editing Only

Step 4

Order Online

Fill out the appropriate order form online and print invoice.
*You'll Need to include one copy with the order*

Step 5

Ship with Order Form

Ship film with order form. we recommend using a fedex or uPS
2-3 day air service

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Our service is the best in the business and so is our customer support. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with our results please contact us to discuss any options. *Quality of film conversion and restoration is dependent upon condition of existing film stock and/or videotape; severely deteriorated original materials may be beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated restoration methods. To learn more, see our exclusive Film Conversion Technology, Slide Transfer Technology, or Video Transfer Technology. Online Video Customer Index.