16mm Film Transfer

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By Brad Hinkle 2/05/2020

16mm film was used mostly by professionals and you should do your 16mm film transfer on a professional, state of the art machine. Believe it or not, there are a lot of companies transferring your 16mm film on modified projectors and camcorder setups (frame by frame machines) and on old professional film transfer machines from the 1980's (Rank Cintel). We have 2 new state of the art 2K and 4K scanners to scan your film as if it were a Hollywood movie. So, if you are looking for the very best 16mm film transfer, you found it!

Leading Technology and Equipment For The Best 16mm Film Transfers

We do 16mm film transfers for a wide variety of customers from amateurs to independent movie makers to government agencies like NASA. So, regardless of what quality level you need your 16mm film transferred at, we can do it at a price and quality not offered by other companies.

Film shrinks over the decades. So running your film today through a projector or film transfer machine that uses the sprocket holes will damage the film. We get several calls a day about people damaging their film by trying to run it through a projector. Same goes for these low-end film transfer machines used by local camera and video conversion shops and even the big box stores like Walmart, Costco and Walgreens. Make sure your film is scanned on a sprocketless roller based film scanner. Luckily Video Conversion Experts can help. Damaged sprocket holes? Shrunk film? No problem and we won't damage your film!

In addition to the scanning resolution, we can put your 16mm film on just about anything from DVD to BluRay, HD editing files and the ultimate format which is DPX. Our new Pro 2K and 4K process remove an amazing 80% of the film defects (scratches, nicks, dust, dirt and any other defects). All this for about 1/2 the rate charged in a typical Hollywood movie studio.

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

Was 16mm film used to shoot family footage?

16mm film was used back in the 1930's to 1950's for Hollywood movies. The cameras and film were much more expensive compared to 8mm cameras and film. Yet there was a surprising number of families that shot their home movies on 16mm film. Wether you were shooing family footage or the next motion picture block buster, we can scan your 16mm film from 480 lines all the way up to 2K (1556 lines). There is 2K worth of resolution on your film. So, if you want to archive your film before it can't be scanned or played anymore then you would want to order the 2K 16mm film transfer.

Most 16mm film transfer companies cannot scan 16mm film. Again, there just wasn't the volume of 16mm film compared to 8mm. The companies that can scan your 16mm film fall into 2 groups. Nonprofessional and Professional. Even though many of the non-professional companies consider themselves professional, you need to ask them what type of machine they are using to do your 16mm film transfer. If there is a projector and/or camcorder involved, it isn't professional regardless of what they tell you.

Professional 16mm film scanners start at around $300,000 and go up from there. So, you wont find a professional 16mm film scanner at your local camera shop, Walgreens, Walmart or Costco. No, you need to find a company that has these professional machines and has been scanning professionally for years. In addition, the professional machines have pin or optical registration to ensure your 16mm film transfer is rock steady. Video Conversion Experts is one of those companies.

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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.