Digitize home movies and preserve your memories.

16mm film is a motion picture format with a film strip that is 16 millimeters wide. Always a premium product, 16mm was enjoyed by discriminating amateur cinematographers as well as being an archiving and distribution method for TV and cinematic productions. We can transfer standard silent 16mm, 16mm with magnetic or optical sound, and Super 16mm films.

“Vinegar Syndrome”

Smell something? If your film has a vinegar smell, it will soon be too late to transfer it at all! “Vinegar syndrome” (more properly known as acetate film base degradation) describes a chemical reaction that deteriorates motion picture film over time. The film base is made of cellulose triacetate plastic. When this plastic base decomposes, de-acetylation occurs. The acetate ions react with moisture to form acetic acid. This produces the pungent vinegar odor. This chemical reaction is continuous, and once started, cannot be stopped or reversed. Worse, the reaction is also autocatalytic, meaning it feeds on itself and speeds up over time. Film degraded by advanced vinegar syndrome suffers from shrinkage, embrittlement and warping – and cannot be transferred.

Always handled with care:

We inspect, repair and clean (if requested) your film in preparation for the transfer process. Proper handling of this media is a very important first step, as old film becomes brittle and can easily break or burn in an old projector. Our experienced technicians are trained to properly handle vintage film and can splice existing breaks or cracks in the film.

Digitized for today’s technology:

Your 16mm memories will get new life as digital movie files. Those files can be played on TVs, computers, tablets and phones. Plus they can easily be shared with family and friends. Once the film is digitized, you’ll receive all your original media back, along with perfectly preserved copies on thumb drive, the cloud or DVD’s. Then gather the family and some popcorn, and begin the trip down memory lane. Tissues not included.

We keep your treasures safe and local.

We never recommend shipping away family archives, treasured photos, and irreplaceable home movies. It’s too risky. Linhoff Photo has been professionally preserving memories for over 60 years.