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16mm film digitizing

Whether it’s 16mm films of family memories or corporate films, we can make these precious movies digital for you so they can be easily viewed again.

For this we use the best film scanners. The images are converted to a digital file, so that they can be viewed via, for example, the television, computer, tablet or smart-phone.

Types of 16mm film

  • 16mm without sound
  • 16mm optical sound
  • 16mm magnetic sound
  • 16mm perfo tapes
  • Free sample scan

All prices are including 21% VAT and subject to change.

Calculate your price with our price calculator.

HD (1920×1080)
€4,21
481+ minutes
€4,48?
€4,99?
16MM Perfotape
€4,12
481+ minutes
€4,48?
€4,99?
Number of minutes (price per minute) HD 4K Perfo tapes
less then 120 € 4,99 € 5,99 € 4,99
121-480 € 4,48 € 5,48 € 4,48
481+ € 4,21 € 5,21 € 4,21
Setup costs Price
Set-up costs cine film 16mm (per order) € 12,50
Surcharges Price
Reel change (per supplied reel) € 2,00
Transfer sound (per minute) € 0,35
  • Viewt the sample scans of what the different options can do for you
Options Price
Image enhancement colour and clarity (per minute) € 0,75
Wetgate scanning (per minute) € 0,50
Fungus / mold stains removal in film (per minute) € 2,25
Surcharge for special cleaning and/or de-moulding of the film – if film is not being digitised (per reel) € 7,50
Coding files in professional codec (e.g. Prores 422 HQ) (per minute) € 0,25
Video editing (per man hour) € 50,00
Surcharge for splitting a film into fragments (per fragment) € 1,00
Sample scan Free
Put on media carier Price
USB / hard disc / SSD
You can supply them yourself also.
See webshop
DVD € 12,00
Blu-Ray € 20,00

Example resolutions

Image enhancements

When digitizing your films, you can also opt for image enhancements. This corrects the images for brightness, image stabilization, colors, sharpness, noise, dirt and stains. Making the result more beautiful.

See the example scans below for examples. We charge a subcharge of € 0,75 per minute.

Mould removal

If the films to be scanned have stains caused by moulds, we can specially clean the films. With our mould cleaning machine we can remove between 85% and 100% of the stains from the films. See the example scans below for examples. We charge a subcharge of €2,25 per minute. If mould exist on a reel of film, we need to process the complete reel to remove the mold.

It is also possible to only have your films cleaned for mold without having them digitized. Additional cost for this (on top of the per minute surcharge) is €7,50 per reel.

Note: Mold cannot be removed from movies with film cleaner!

Especially for Agfa films, fungus / mold is a common problem.

Wetgate

Wetgate scanning: this removes scratches or vertical lines in the film when scanning.

Using a wetgate pump, a thin layer of Isopropanol is applied to the film just before the film passes the scanning window.

This thin layer of liquid fills in scratches in the film and makes them much less visible during scanning. Before the film comes back on the roll, the liquid has evaporated and does not otherwise affect the film.

The surcharge for wetgate scanning is € 0,50 per minute of film.

Choices in cropping the film

With our scanners, we can scan the entire film image. No information/edges drop out during scanning.

You can choose from

  1. Full format Overscan. In this, all the information of the image is visible. Includes image that belongs outside the standard projector frame, including perforation holes. Film markings such as KODAK K40 etc. in the edges are also visible here.
  2. Matted (image normally visible when projected, with black edges on the sides)

By default, we deliver the films in Matted.

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Our process

Preparing the films

  • Every film gets an unique number.
  • If absent, a film leader will be attached to the film.
  • The films will be checked for bad welds. If there are any bad welds they will be repaired.
  • If necessary the films will be cleaned with professional filmcleaner.

Technique

  • We scan with the professional Film Factory HDS+ scanner.
  • It is equipped with a 5K sensor (5320×4600 pixels) and a wetgate pump.
  • Each frame will get a separate recording.
  • We can scan in High Definition, 4K and 5K.
  • Sound (optical, magnetic or perfo tape) is also acquired along with it.
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Output

  • After scanning and possibly applying image enhancements, the films can be transferred to any format you want.
  • By default, we deliver each film reel as a single video file on a USB stick / hard drive or download.
  • Optionally we can add background music or the sound of a running film projector.
  • These video files can be played on your computer, television, tablet, media player, smartphone, etc.
  • You can then edit these files yourself afterwards.
  • Als we can make a DVD or Blu-ray disc.
  • We can provide the video files in different video formats. For more information, see our codec page.

Frequently Asked Questions – 16mm film

Could I request a sample scan?

Yes, that is possible. You can request your free sample scan here.

Can I still edit the digitized film (or have it edited) afterwards?

Yes, you can edit the film yourself. More info: Editing video files – with free software.

We can also do the editing for you. In consultation we can change the order of films, cut out pieces, add music, etcetera.

When copying large files I get an error message

The problem when a large video file cannot be copied is usually that the file system of the hard disk or USB stick is still in FAT32 format. Files larger than 4GB cannot be stored on a FAT32 volume. Formatting the flash drive in the exFAT or NTFS file system will solve this problem.

You can find more information about this:

Can I still buy double8 / super8 / 16mm films?

Yes, you can! Kodak has even reintroduced new Kodak Reversal color film in 2018. In the Netherlands you can go to super8.nl.

Does it pay to put my own movies on DVD?

It is possible to digitize your 8mm films yourself. However, the quality achieved is considerably less than if it is done professionally. For more information on how to transfer your own films, see our page about digitizing your own films.

What to do with soured films?

Somebody told me that if I take soured films through a projector and play a non-soured film through the projector afterwards, the non-soured film will also sour. Is that true? Is a soured film contagious? Is there anything you can do about it, like clean the film?

That is definitely a risk. When a film is soured (acetata decay, vinegar syndrome) the substance “acetic acid” is released (smells like vinegar). This substance can affect other films. Cleaning films with vinegar syndrome does not help.

The decay of the film can be slowed down by storing the film in a cold place (preferably in the freezer). Special bags can also be placed in the film cans to slow down the acidification process: Kodak Molecular Sieve.
It is best to copy or digitize this film directly.

For more information, see the film preservation guide.

I do not know how my projector works. Do you also have manuals?

We have manuals available for most projectors. See our spare part finder.

What kind of cine film do I have?

Type of film

Click here for examples of single-8/super-8, normal-8, 9.5mm and 16mm film.
For more detailed information on types of films: www.filmcollector.nl (Dutch).

Can I rent a projector or movie viewer so I can watch which films I want to digitize?

Yes, you can. We rent and sell film viewers and film projectors.

How many minutes of film are on my reels?

This depends on a number of factors, including the number of frames per second (18 or 24), whether it is normal8 or super8, and so on.
Below is the table for the most commonly used format (18 frames per second and super8):

Reel diameter Minutes
7 centimeter 3,5 minutes
13 centimeter 14 minutes
18 centimeter 28 minutes
21 centimeter 40 minutes
25 centimeter 53 minutes

Click here for the complete table with the duration of films (Dutch).

USB stick is not working on TV

Sometimes a USB flash drive with video files does not play properly on a TV.
If this is the case, please contact us. Please provide the TV brand and type number, then we can solve the problem for you.
If you are technical, you can often solve the problem yourself. Here are some tips:
  • The USB stick is not recognized: TVs sometimes cannot handle all formats of USB sticks. Sometimes they cannot read NTFS or exFAT. You can find out which format USB sticks your TV can read in its manual.
    If that is the case, you can create a USB stick in the correct format and transfer the video files to it.
  • The USB stick is recognized, but the (video) files do not play properly. We create the files in a format that plays well on as many TVs as possible. However, some (old) TV’s may not be able to play the files in this format. In the manual of your TV you can find which formats / codecs are supported. These video files need to be transferred to a format that is playable on your TV.

Which video codec (.h264 / Prores) is suitable for me?

By default, we deliver digitized film in .H264 format. This format is the defacto standard for video. If you want to perform heavy edits such as color correction etc. yourself, we recommend Prores. Read more: http://van-eck.net/en/video-codecs/

Editing digitized video and movies – what programs can I use to do that?

There are several ways to edit digitized videos and films yourself.

For cutting and pasting only, I recommend LosslessCut.The advantage of this program is that the video does not need to be re-encoded and thus no quality is lost. If you want more, such as adding titles, music, transitions, etc. then you need a somewhat more comprehensive program. See here for my top five recommended free video editing programs:

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If you have even more requirements, then a paid program is recommended. Some examples: Final cut pro (Apple) and Adobe Premiere / Magix Video for the PC.

Download – not enough free space – adjust download folder

By default, when you download to your c:disk. There is not always enough room there.

In the browser you use, you can set to download to another partition or drive (e.g., external hard drive).

Herewith tips to adjust this setting:

How do I recognize mold on my film?

See the film clip below for this:

If the films to be scanned have stains caused by moulds, we can specially clean the films. With our mould cleaning machine we can remove between 85% and 100% of the stains from the films.

Note: Mold cannot be removed from movies with film cleaner!

Mold is often found on Agfa films, but sometimes on other brands of films such as Kodak or Fuji.

More questions?

Let us know via the contact form