Thursday, January 7, 2010

Microfilm preparation

Many organizations and companies handle 16 mm or 35 mm microfilm,and microfilm scanning on a daily basis to access their information. Although microfilm conversion has been a common practice for many years, microfilm scanning technologies has been changing these business rules. Whether you have 16mm roll film, 35mm roll film, COM fiche cards, or aperture cards that store your documents, you are probably thinking there has to be a way to digitize microfilm.

The process of microfilm conversion has been around for some time now, and only a few well established microfilm scanning organizations- like Scanning Depot, have the required equipment and knowledge to safeguard your roll film and to achieve the best possible digital conversion results. Microfilm digitizing companies will transfer the information you have on your 16mm roll film and 35mm reels to a digital format, such as TIFF, JPEG, PDF, etc. Digital imaging is ideal for storing and retrieving documents.

In the meantime, while you are still using your roll film as your document source, make sure you do all you can to conserve the integrity of the microfilm. This is the first step in roll film preparation. Keep the reels in a temperature and humidity control environment. The reels also have a very sensitive side which is called the emulsion side. This is what makes up the image on the film. It is very sensitive to scratches.

Lastly, there is the issue of time. If your microfilm reels are beginning to smell like vinegar, you need to consider document imaging as a way to preserve the information. The smell you sense may be the natural process of your fiche decomposing. If you do nothing, you may lose all, your data.

Digital imaging is ideal for storing and retrieving documents from computer systems.

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