16mm film has around 1500 to 2000 horizontal lines of resolution. In order to archive the film a 2k (2048 vertical ×1556 horizontal) or 4K (4096 vertical by 3112 horizontal) scan is required. Our Pro HD service gives you the best looking HD video or SD DVD possible. This is a trick Hollywood has played for years. They start with a high resolution scan of 35mm film at either 2k or 4k. They then down convert and compress it to DVD or BluRay. Only a small fraction of the visual quality is lost during a down conversion because there is so much more data when the video is down converted and compressed they can make a much better looking DVD or BluRay. A DVD from a 2k or 4k scan will look 2-3 times better than a DVD from a 480 line film scanner (DVD has 480 horizontal lines of resolution). So, we can play the same trick to give you a great looking DVD or BluRay from your 16mm film.
The same can be said of 35mm film to DVD or BluRay. By scanning the film at 2k we can make a DVD or BluRay look much better than if we scanned the 35mm film at 480 lines.
Amateur 8mm and Super 8 film requires a 2K scan to truly archive it. Like any analog source, the higher the digital scan, the closer the digital scan will resemble the original source. 8mm and Super 8 film can have 800 to 1100 lines. So, scanning it at 1500 lines (2K) will ensure you get 100% of the details and color dynamic range.
We can professional scan 8mm film, Super 8 film, 16mm film, Super 16mm Film, 35mm film and Super 35mm film to DVD, AVI files, BluRay, HD-AVI, HD ProRes HQ and HD DPX. 16mm film to DVD and 35mm film to DVD are the most common film transfer service we perform.
Our film to DVD, film to BluRay and film to HD editing files and professional intermediate files like 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 HD 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.