Most people are unaware that 16mm was a professional format used by Hollywood for decades. Hollywood never cut any corners. That's why 16mm film has around 1500 to 2000 lines of horizontal resolution. Some families shot their most cherished memories on 16mm film.
We now offer a Pro HD 16mm film transfer that scans the film at 2K and then down converts it to HD video, making the HD video look almost as good as the 2K scan. The ProHD 16mm to HD transfer will produce much better results than scanning the film at HD. This is a 16mm to HD trick Hollywood has been playing on us for years. They scanned 16mm film at 2K and down converted it to produce the best quality DVD or BluRay you will get.
If you are looking to get the 2K archival files for present or future use we have a 2K 16mm film transfer process as well. Getting the 2K DPX editing files, which come with the process for free, will allow you to not only make great looking 16mm to DVD but great looking 16mm to HD BluRay and will allow you to make what ever comes after BluRay. So, a 2K scan will future proof your investment in the film transfer.
In addition, if you are looking for a little Hollywood technology to clean up your film (grain, dust, dirt, etc.) , we have that also at a fraction of the cost. Our restoration technology cleans up 80% of the defects on the film.