Many of my extended family members made sure to convert our old family film to another format in the 1990s and 2000s. These 16mm and 8mm films were moved to VHS or DVD for ease of viewing for the family. The problem here is that VHS, when converted to digital is only 360p, which is pixelated and low-quality. DVD is 720p, which is better, but still not reaching the full potential of the film medium. When compared to the film when viewed on a projector, nothing compares to the experience of seeing it live. However, the conversion quality of today are better than anything that has come before. The earlier iterations of conversion (VHS, DVD) are lower in quality that the digital conversions of today.
The analog media does not have a true resolution because that is an invention of digital. However, the detail on the film is technically infinite because it is not locked into the digital framework. The technical reason is that analog media is not "quantized to time". This is why digital media ultimately is a combination of "0"s and "1"s.
Our goal at NorCal Film Co. is to capture the analog with the highest quality of digital technology. This is to protect and preserve the films before they deteriorate. We live in a time where the quality of digital video has now surpassed the quality of the human eye. Never before has the quality been so high. However, the timeframe on the window to convert is closing, with old films becoming brittle and fading in color. So if you've already converted to DVD or VHS, I hope you saved the originals.
Let us know if we can be of assistance to you in the conversion process.