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16mm Film to DVD Transfer

San Diego's Premiere 16mm film to DVD or digital video file transfer service. Don't let vinegar syndrome damage your films beyond repair, transfer them now.  We transfer your 16mm film right here, in-house.

    For 19 years, Sunray Video has been transferring 16mm films to DVD and video.  We handle every film transfer project personally and treat it like our very own from the moment we take possession of your home movies until you pick them up.  We NEVER send your films out to an out-of-state mass-transfer factory for conversion.  And we provide a FREE evaluation of your home movies to determine their condition and we'll help you figure out how much video you have.

We have one of the fastest 16mm film transfer service available!

    16mm movie film was introduced by Eastman Kodak in 1923 as a lower cost alternative to 35mm film.  Over the years, in addition to home use it was used in the educational, government, business and medical fields.  Eventually 16mm became common for news-gathering and television programs.  Unfortunately due to the material composition of 16mm film, it has been know to deteriorate much faster than 8mm or super 8 film.


Do your films smell like vinegar?


16mm film with vinegar syndrome

16mm films are nearing the end of their life-cycle.  We have received many reels of film that have shown signs of fading, warping, color-shifting, shrinking, mold, and acetate film base degradation, often referred to as "vinegar syndrome" due to the overwhelming vinegar-like odor coming from the film itself.  

There is an article on the National Film Preservation Foundation's website that discusses vinegar syndrome.  It mentions "The symptoms of vinegar syndrome are a pungent vinegar smell (hence the name), followed eventually by shrinkage, embrittlement, and buckling of the gelatin emulsion. Storage in warm and humid conditions greatly accelerates the onset of decay. Once it begins in earnest, the remaining life of the film is short because the process speeds up as it goes along."

Pricing/ordering information

Saving your film with Digital Masters and Gold Archival DVDs

  Most movie transfer companies offer conversion from film to DVD only.  That's great but what if your disc happens to get scratched or damaged?  Look at the surface of some of your discs now; how do they look?  We offer 4 ways to save the memories from your home movies that just are not available from most places.

Digital Master Tapes

We provide a digital master tape with every order.  The tape contains the original uncompressed version of your film transfer project.  From this master we can make additional or replacement DVDs, digitize your films to a flash or hard drive or convert them to any other format you desire, now or later.  And you'll never need to have your films transferred all over again.  Available on DVCAM, Mini DV and Digital 8 while supplies last.

Gold 100-year Archival DVDs

Only the true Gold Archival DVDs are manufactured to last at least 100 years.  Read more about the Gold Archival DVDs here.

Digitizing to flash & external hard drives

We can digitize your films to AVI, MOV or MP4 files and put them on a flash or hard drive for you.  They'll be ready to edit when you are.


What's the difference between 16 mm and 8 mm movie film?

  As the name suggests, 16mm film is twice the width of 8mm film from edge to edge.  The larger film size allows for a larger frame or image size, providing a much improved picture quality.  You can learn more about 8mm movies on our 8 film to video transfer page. 

8mm movie film  
Super 8 movie film  
16 mm film  

16mm film with sound

  16mm movie film was available in silent, optical sound and magnetic sound.  We transfer all 3 formats as well as both 18 and 24 fps (frames per second) recorded films. 

How do I determine how much film I have?

  To find out how much 16 mm film footage you have, measure the diameter of your film reels (straight across the middle of the reel from one edge to the other).  If full, each reel can hold the following:

Diameter (inches) Length (# feet)
3" 50 ft
4" 100 ft
5" 200 ft
7" 400 ft
9" 600 ft
10.5" 800 ft
12" 1,200 ft
14" 1,600 ft
15" 2,000-2,300 ft

How much 16mm film will fit on a DVD or hard drive? 

  A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of film.  That's the equivalent of about 2,700-4,300 feet of 16mm film depending on film speed.

Film Type 2 hour DVD will hold up to AVI or MOV file size  MP4 file size 
16mm film 2,700-4,300 feet 26GB 2.6GB


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Pricing info

We offer 4 options for transferring Super 8mm film to digital form:  

Preview package includes: 1 standard DVD copy. 

Premiere package includes: 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy and 1 standard DVD copy.

Digital file only package includes: Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 file/s. No DVDs in this package.

Color-correction package includes: Scene by scene color-correction applied then put on 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy and 1 standard DVD copy.  Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 file/s may be substituted for DVDs. DVDs and digitized files are available for an additional charge.

High-resolution film transfer process (from film to video) Preview Premiere Package Digital file only Package Color-correction Package
Up to 499 feet $ .25/ft $ .27/ft $ .27/ft* $ .33/ft
500 to 1,499 feet $ .23/ft $ .24/ft $ .24/ft* $ .30/ft
1,500 to 2,999 feet $ .21/ft $ .22/ft $ .22/ft* $ .28/ft
3,000 to 4,999 feet $ .19/ft $ .20/ft $ .20/ft* $ .25/ft
5,000 feet or more $ .17/ft $ .18/ft $ .18/ft* $ .23/ft
Standard DVD included? Yes Yes No Yes
100 Year Gold Archival DVD included? No Yes No Yes
Digital Master tape included? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 files (flash/hard drive not included) Add $20.00/hr of film Add $20.00/hr of film Yes May be substituted in place of DVDs
Digitizing to 2 file formats (hard drive not incl.) Add $30.00/hr of film Add $30.00/hr of film Add $10.00/hr of film Add $30.00/hr of film

*Price does not include flash or hard drive

Additional Options

Adding Music or Projector Sound* - $ .01/foot of film

Adding Narration - Call for pricing

Adding Titles in the Video - $5/title

Adding Chapter Titles to the DVD Menu - $5/chapter

Additional Gold DVD copies - $15/disc     3 Gold Copies of same disc - $40

            (each gold DVD comes with a standard DVD copy FREE)

Additional Standard DVD copy - $ 9/disc     3 copies of same disc - $18    5 copies of same disc - $25

USB drive (Flash or External Hard Drive) - Call

All film orders under 250 feet will be charged a minimum charge of $ 50.00 for transfer from film to video (includes digital master tape and DVD).  $60 minimum charge for Premiere Package upgrade.
California residents will be charged sales tax of 8.00% on all orders, as per California law.

Film to Video & DVD resources:

Start your movie film to video transfer now

Main Film to DVD / Video Transfer page

Film to DVD transfer methods explained

Film to DVD Transfer FAQs

What you should know about other film to DVD transfer services

Acetate film base degradation (vinegar syndrome) -_National Film Preservation Foundation website



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