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 1980s (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 moviemakers 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. The 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 sprocket-less 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 processes 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.
Was 16mm Film Used To Shoot Family Footage?
16mm film was used back in the 1930s to 1950s 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. Whether you were shooing family footage or the next motion picture blockbuster, 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 won’t 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 a pin or optical registration to ensure your 16mm film transfer is rock steady. Video Conversion Experts is one of those companies.