BEST QUALITY FILM CONVERSION
If you are looking for the best quality film conversion, you’ve found it. We use the world’s best and most expensive professional motion picture film scanners for your 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm film. We can convert 8mm, Super 8, 16mm or 35mm up to 4K resolution, including, 480p, 1080p and 1556p (2K) and 4K. Our upper 2 processes (Pro HD and Pro 2K) not only convert film at high resolution but also can restore the film to its original condition in most cases.
For those that don’t know, film was never intended to be converted to another format. I guess Kodak wasn’t thinking that 40, 50, or 60 years down the road. But, film is a great format. In fact is it’s better than every format that came after it (Beta, VHS, 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8, MiniDV, DVD) except for HD 1080p camcorders. Finally, the 1080p camcorder has surpassed the quality of 8mm or Super 8 film. The only way to achieve a high-quality film conversion is by using the right equipment and the right technology. We’ve been doing just that for over 30 years.
So, if you think about it, how can you convert the film to another format without losing a lot of quality? That’s a good question and it isn’t easy. For decades film conversion was done to VHS. Most people didn’t compare their VHS film conversion to their film on a projector. If you did, you would not be pleased. VHS only holds about 1/4 the resolution of the film.
The primary film conversion machine since 1980 has been a modified projector and camcorder. Yes, the camcorder simply films your film during the film conversion. Sounds easy. Does it produce good results? No. Why not? The easiest way to explain this is with an example. Let’s say you had a photograph and you wanted to make a digital image from that photograph. There are two basic ways you could do it. You could scan it on a flatbed scanner or you could videotape it with a camcorder, take the video into an editor and extract a single frame of video. If you did these two methods you would find out that the digital image from the scanned photograph looks very similar in quality to the original photograph. Now, if you looked at the image from the video camcorder you would see that it looks about 50-75% worse than the original photograph. Sad as it may seem, this is how most companies do a film conversion. They use a camcorder to digitize the film as it runs on a projector. As you can guess, the quality isn’t close to the original. So, if you want the film conversion to come out as good as the film, you need to be scanning at or above 1080 lines. Both our Pro HD and Pro 2K process scan at 1080 lines or above.
The services below are for 8mm or Super 8 film conversions. If you have 16mm or 35mm film click here.