Most amateur 8mm and Super 8 film have a maximum resolution of 2K lines. Like any analog source, the higher the digital scan, the closer the digital scan will resemble the original source.
Older 16mm film has around 1500 to 2000 horizontal lines. Professionally shot 16mm and S16mm can have up to 3K worth of resolution. Older 35mm film has up to 4K lines while newer 35mm film stock can have up to 6K resolution. A 2K scan (2048 vertical ×1556 horizontal) will get around 1500 horizontal lines from the film. 4K (4096 vertical by 3112 horizontal) will get around 3100 lines. To archive 16mm film a 2k or 4K scan is required. A 4K or 6K scan is required to archive 35mm film.
We can perform a professional 2k scan of 8mm, Super 8, 16mm film, Super 16mm film, 35mm film and Super 35mm film to DVD, AVI files, BluRay, HD-AVI, HD ProRes HQ and 2k DPX. 16mm 2K scan and 35mm 2K scan are the most common film transfer services we perform.
Our film to DVD, film to BluRay and film to HD editing files and professional intermediate files like 2k DPX services are available throughout the United States and around the world. We are not only known for our professional film transfer services but also for the restoration and Restoration technologies we use to make our film conversion services the best in the business.
For more information on our Pro 2K scanning service please contact us.
*Quality of film transfer (8mm film to DVD, super 8 film to DVD, 16mm film to DVD, 35mm film to DVD) and restoration is dependent upon condition of existing film stock; severely deteriorated original materials may be beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated restoration methods. To learn more, see our Restoration technology overview.