This project raises many questions.

16 mm film is capable of higher quality than a standard DVD. If you wish 
to archive this, a less-lossy compression scheme than a DVD would be a 
good choice. High Definition should also be considered.

I do not do this nor am I current on the best choices.

In addition to DuArt (which is a fine choice) there are a few companies 
that specialize in narrow-gauge film and I have a few options listed here:

Unfortunately, the film probably has a mono sound track. Do you have 
access to the original tape recording? That would be greater fidelity 
than what you find on the film and could be resolved to the film. This 
would either be on 1/4-inch tape with a pilot tone (neopilot) or on 16 
mm full-coat mag film.

Good luck!



On 2013-04-01 6:39 PM, John Haley wrote:
> Dear All:
> I have lots of experience with audio but less with video.  I am soon to
> have in my possession a 16 mm reel of film of an important musical
> performance (audio and video).  I am wondering what is the best way to
> transfer this to DVD, both audio and video.  Ordinarily, for something not
> so special, I would just show the film with a projector against a wall and
> reshoot it with a video camera.  But I am sure there are much better ways
> of doing this, to get the optimal picture quality.   And for the audio on
> the film, I am assuming that getting the audio feed from the film projector
> would be the best bet.  Movie folks have to deal with this issue every day
> to transfer films to DVD.  Does anybody know what they do and what kind of
> equipment they use?   I'm sure it goes onto a computer for working it over,
> but how do they digitize the picture?
> Thanks,
> John Haley

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Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.