16mm FILM Reel to DVD Transfer
RCA introduced the first 16mm film projector in 1932 and another with optical sound capability in 1935. That means that the 16mm home movies you’ve been meaning to transfer to digital could be 84 years old! 84 years ago Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the THIRD Olympic games were held in New York, and Ted Kennedy and Johnny Cash were born in 1932.
If your 16mm film reels have survived this long, you’ve been very lucky, but the time is now to take your home movie reels and convert to DVD or digital files on a USB. While 16mm film was resilient, and will not burst into flames like you see in the movies, inevitably the dyes in your color film are already faded and will continue to do so. If you’ve been storing your film reels in the basement or attic, the rate of deterioration is multiplied. Our technicians will scan your 16mm film reel to DVD frame-by-frame and do everything available to us to provide you a beautiful and optimized digital copy of your priceless family movies on DVD or USB.
Everything you need to know
about your 16mm film reel to DVD project
Common questions about 16mm home movie transfer
How can I tell what format my film reels are?
You can usually tell by the size. 16mm film is twice the size of 8mm film and the sprockets look different. You can use our measurements above and if your film is smaller, it’s probably 8mm film. A good rule of “thumb” is that 8mm film is closer to the width of your pinky, and 16mm to your thumb.
Why do my 16mm film reels smell like vinegar?
Your 16mm film reels contain acetate and when exposed to heat or moisture, the molecular bonds start to break down and release acid and this causes the smell. If your film reels smell like vinegar, get them in RIGHT AWAY, or they will become brittle and shrink and degrade beyond repair. We are able to digitize some, but not all of the 16mm film we receive that suffers from vinegar syndrome.
How can I tell how long my 16mm film reels are?
100 feet of 16mm film is a little under 3 minutes of playback time. So 1000 feet of 16mm film is about 27 minutes of footage when it is played on a DVD or your computer. If you want to know how many feet are on your film reels, click the link to our blog below.
16mm Film Reels – From Our Blog
Does my film have sound?
You may remember the answer to this, but if you don’t – we have a simple way to tell if a 16mm film reel has audio or not.
Read more about finding audio…
How many feet are on my reel?
Read more about measuring film…
What we do with moldy reels
Mold on 16mm reels? Most of the time we’ll be able to clean that before digitizing with minimal quality loss.
Read more about mold on film…
“When I discovered that my father’s first cousin was having a 100th birthday party in December 2016, I took an old 16mm movie to EverPresent to be digitized. I got an excellent copy on a thumbdrive and copied it to another thumbdriver to take with me to Maryland. At the party I was able to leave among other items a digitized movie that included the birthday lady at the age of 10. The movie also included the rest of her family, including her grandparents, and my father’s family. We had an excellent time partly in thanks to EverPresent.”
– David E.
Visit one of our Northeast locations:
HEADQUARTERS - Newton
Back Bay & South End
North Attleborough (MA/RI)
or work with us from the comfort of your own home.
You can also ship directly to us!
- Consulations from the privacy of your own home
- Perfect for large or complex projects with multiple formats
- Our certified consultants travel across the Northeast
- Free, no obligations estimate
- Speak with our certified consultants over the phone
- Ship to our headquarters in Newton, MA
Standard & custom 16mm film reel to DVD pricing options
We’ll digitally capture your labeling when we convert your 16mm film with or without audio to DVD or USB
- Delivered via private website accessible by your unique password
- Downloadable mp4 files
- High quality transfer to computer
- Local lab, not sent overseas
- USB drive or CD/DVDs – ask your consultant about archival DVDs for security
- Experienced and local technicians
- 3 level human eye quality control
- Label transcription & private website included
- Up to 2000 feet: $40
2000-5000 feet: $60 | 5000+ feet: $80
- Archival DVD & Medical-grade USB combos
- 80 yr, scratch-resistant, silver/gold alloy
- Downloadable digital files included
- Films with sound: Additional $0.10/foot
- Molded or damaged reels: ask your consultant
- Extra DVDs and CDs: $5 Standard, $10 Archival
- Extra USB: ask your consultant
- Add label transcription to Digital Only: $2/reel
- Private website upload free for 6 months