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Sept 30th

Film Types And

Scan Resolution

Most customers want to know what their film would look like using the 4 different processes that we offer. That’s what we did with the examples below. We took the same film and ran it through each of the 4 processes. This film is representative of the type of film we see. It is in average condition. So, it isn’t the worst film we’ve seen and it isn’t the best film we’ve seen.

In general, in order to get a digital copy as good as the source (for film or anything else you are scanning), you want to scan 1 level above the source. So, 8mm & super 8 film is just under HD resolution. So, in order to get 100% you want to scan at 2K resolution. 16mm film is between HD and 2K, so you want to scan at a minimum of 2K. 35mm film should be scanned at 4K or higher.

8MM FILM EXAMPLES

  • SD SCAN

    This is the only non-professional machine we have. The film is run through a projector and captured using a camcorder. This process only gets about 40% of the available color and detail from the film. You can see how blue and dark it is compared to the 2K scan which is what the film should look like.

  • PRO HD SCAN

    This is a professional standard definition film scanner. The film was scanned at 1080 lines. You can see that it does look better than the SD process above but still isn’t getting all the detail from the film by comparing it to the 2K scan below.

  • PRO 2K SCAN

    This is the Pro 2K (1556 line scan) with our optional color correction restoration. You can see how it has helped save this priceless moment. It does a pretty good job when you compare it to the Pro HD scan. 

  • PRO 4K SCAN

    This process is the cream of the crop. There isn’t a better scanner on the planet for 8mm and super 8 film. You can see the improvement over the Pro HD and Pro 2K process. If you are looking for the best quality, this is it.

16MM FILM EXAMPLES

  • PRO SD SCAN

    The 16mm film itself has about 1500 lines (2K) worth of information. A professional SD scan (480 lines) will get about 1/3 of the resolution. You can easily see the difference in detail between the Pro SD and Pro HD process.

  • PRO HD SCAN

    This is a professional 1080p film scanner. Just look at the title and you can see that it is much sharper compared to the Pro SD scan. The Pro HD process will get about 2/3 of the available resolution.

  • PRO 2K SCAN

    The Pro 2K will scan the film at 1556 lines. This is the native resolution of 16mm film. You can see that is basically gets 100% of the details from the film.

  • PRO 4K SCAN

    For 16mm film there is very little difference between the Pro 2K and Pro 4K process. That’s because 16mm film has around 2K worth of information. There are newer Super 16mm film stocks out that have slightly over 2K resolution. There will be a significant difference for 35mm film between the Pro 2K and Pro 4K scan because 35mm film is twice the size compared to 16mm film.

4K OR HIGHER RESOLUTION