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Convert 16mm Film to DVD


We convert a lot of 16mm film to DVD for both amateur customers, professional independent movie producers, and government agencies like NASA and the USGS. DVD is an easy to view format but it only gets about 1/4 the resolution of the film. BluRay would be a much better choice but even that will only get about 1/2 the resolution of the film. For the older generation DVD and BluRay probably still make sense. For the younger generation or if you need to be able to edit, a better format would be HD-MP4 or HD/2K AVI or ProRes. 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.

Leading Technology And Equipment For The Best 16mm Film Conversions

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!

For the best HD video quality, we recommend the Pro 2K scan. Oversampling 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 the best HD video you want to scan at 2K.

When it comes to converting 16mm film to DVD, Video Conversion Experts offers the highest quality and resolution possible. We’ve brought Hollywood’s 16mm film scanning technology down to the price point where amateurs, independent movie producers, and government agencies can afford to get the best without paying the Hollywood price. In addition, our Pro Hollywood Restoration Technology is only available on our Pro 2K and Pro 4K process. It removes an amazing 60-80% of defects (scratches, nicks, dust, dirt).

Not All 16mm Film Conversions Are The Same

To meet everyone’s budget we also have different levels of quality based on the different generations 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 the Pro 4K processes. 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 oversample based on your output format. If you wanted to convert 16mm to BluRay you would want to use our Pro 2K process.

Why Converting Your 16mm Film To DVD Is So Important Today

16mm film doesn’t last forever. Most 16mm stored at home will last about 50 to 70 years. So, a film from 1960 is about 55 years old today. You will completely lose those memories once the film get’s degraded to the point where it can’t be converted anymore. This is a great time to do it because digital technology has finally caught up with the quality of the film. 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.

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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 the condition of existing film stock and/or videotape; severely deteriorated original materials may be beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated restoration methods.