Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sales Tips For 16mm Film Roll Film Scanning and Microfilm Scanning Services

Many salespeople in other industries aren't that familiar with the the niche industry of microfilm, microfilm scanning, and digital imaging. Some sales representatives believe that microfilm conversion is the same as paper document scanning, that there are no small details about digital imaging, or that all microfilm scanning services and microfilm scanning companies are the same.

Here are some questions salespeople should be asking or attempt to identify when dealing with a company, organization, government, or municipality that has 16mm roll film:

1) Is the film original, silver halide, a diazo duplicate, or vesicular? Obviously originals or silver film creates a better copy than duplicated microfilm.

2) Does the 16mm film have blips? These are counters that generally group frames by document and page, for example a big blip indicates the start of a new student record, and is followed by the pages of that folder with small blips.

3) Does your potential client have an existing electronic data management system or are you trying to sell your own? This is important when it comes to the imaging file format: does the software have any limitations or requirements concerning bi-tonal vs gray scale compression, CSV format, XML format, TIFF, PDF, or JPEG?

4) Do the images need to be indexed via data entry, OCR (or ICR), blip folder, or sequential digital number? Does the data need to be in the image filename or exported into a comma delimited text file, Excel spreadsheet, or XML file.

5) Do the images need to be scanned at 200DPI, 300DPI, or something else? If not, 200DPI is standard for roll film jobs.

6) Can the organization use CD's, DVD's,  FTP, or USB external hard drives? You'd be surprised how many places don't know how to transfer digital images via output media.

7) What is the turnaround time and expected completion date for this microfilm scanning service?

Answers to these questions would greatly enhance the chance of you pricing the microfilm scanning project the right way. Scanning Depot can assist you in microfilm scanning prices and roll film quotes for many different types of microfilm scanning services.

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