Film and Microfilm Scanning Services
We utilize 4th generation high-speed equipment that can convert more than 5 million images per month. Both 16mm and 35mm film are converted with flexible reduction ratios. We are experts at all types of microfilm and slide scanning.
Filmed media conversion is a multi-step process. We begin by selecting samples, then we scan and optimize the processing settings to produce the best possible images. The settings are saved in a template and samples are sent to our client for approval.
Upon approval, digitizing begins with inspection of the film to identify scratches, tears, reels without headers, etc. If problems are found, we notify our client so that adjustments can be made. We are able to scan microfilm at more than 12,000 images per hour into grayscale for optimal image capture. During conversion, variances in film density are automatically adjusted.
We then automatically locate the position of each individual image within the scanned output and proceed to Quality Inspection. Several inspectors simultaneously confirm the quality of the scanning since verification is much more time consuming than scanning. A wide range of validations are meticulously conducted. If corrections are needed, they are done immediately at the inspection station.
The images are indexed according to predetermined criteria. Folders can be created by name, number, date, department, etc. Individual documents can be identified with metadata such as document type, date, subject, etc. Documents and folders that consist of more than one image will be consolidated into multi-image files.
Files are then processed for desired file type (TIFF, JPEG, PDF and others). If desired, the grayscale images are converted to black and white (bi-tonal) format. We also offer full-text search using Optical Character Recognition. If the documents will be uploaded into an existing imaging system, the required output structure is generated.
Final Quality Control confirms that the steps above have been correctly implemented. We statistically inspect final output to insure that image quality, indexing/file generation and output formatting are precise. If required, rework is performed.
Delivery is completed as specified. We can transmit images through secure and encrypted FTP protocol or record the data to CDs, DVDs or External Hard Disk Drives.
Microfiche digital scanning
Microfiche conversion is similar to microfilm for all of the steps above except the scan component. Since microfiche are individually scanned, this portion of the conversion requires more time than roll film.
Each microfiche can vary in format, we are setup to convert a wide variety of options.
We convert jacketed fiche filmed at various reduction ratios in both simplex and duplex modes. Multiple reduction ratios can exist on one fiche.
We process Computer Output Microfiche (COM) containing standardized grids including ultra high reduction ratios.
We process large single-image fiche containing maps or other large graphic images in grayscale, color or black and white.
We scan all types of film; both negative and positive. Our capabilities include 35mm. and 70mm. slide collections, entire microfiche and up to 8 1/2 X 11 inch transparencies. The color or grayscale scanned images are categorized and indexed then formatted to meet any client need.
If you have any questions or fancy a free quotation with no obligation then simply contact us – we’ll be happy to help!