Some organizations choose to use an organized service bureau but many opt for their own “in-house” conversion and our planner and information can assist with the analysis of either option. Prior to acquiring a microfilm conversion scanner, reach out to a professional. nextScan representatives are eager to assist you in selecting the right equipment for the job and we have all the tools necessary to ensure your nextScan scanner meets your microfilm conversion project goals. Review some of the resources on this page to help you successfully convert your microfilm assets into easily accessible digital files.
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Where will the conversion process will take place within your facility? A few things to keep in mind is that you will need enough space for the scanner, the microfilm, and an area for the people to work. We have found that you should have at least three six-foot tables; one for the microfilm to be scanned, one for the scanner, and one for the post scanned microfilm.
Before the scanner arrives, review the microfilm to determine what condition they are in. Some microfilm may need a new leader or the perhaps film is damaged and needs to be spliced. It is helpful to have a printed copy of the index to assist in setting up the software as a checklist to help you keep track of the rolls.
Once the scanner is installed, collect the microfilm for conversion into your new room. Organization is key. If your microfilm is in cabinets, they are most likely already organized. If not, you should organize the microfilm to make for easier indexing by your employee. If the microfilm is not organized, fear not, the software allows for a scanned roll can be inserted later.
When your scanner arrives, a nextScan technical training specialist will come to your site to setup and scan the first roll of microfilm, confirming that your scanner is working properly. Once that is complete, they will turn the scanner over to you to begin the conversion. They will walk you through the process and give you the training you need to be proficient at scanning your archive.
Where are you going to store the digital files? You can save the images to a NextStar archive, an in-house server, a data management system, or to a cloud-based storage platform. This is another step where an organized collection is essential, so you know how much storage to have available for the duration of the project.
For performance calculations based on the micrographic media types and reduction ratios in your collection, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request a performance analysis. nextScan’s performance calculator can help you determine the exact throughput to reach your project goals on time, and on budget. We’ll let you know how many microfilm rolls or fiche you need to scan each day to reach your daily goal, the best equipment to utilize, and exactly how many images can be scanned per shift using the proposed microfilm conversion equipment. To request a performance analysis, simply email email@example.com and one of our representatives will be in touch!
This 14-page guide will help you carefully plan a successful microfilm conversion project by structuring best practices that can be adopted in your operation to ensure the transition of your microfilm archives to digital formats.
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Send us some sample film, we’ll scan it and send back scanned samples so you can assess the image quality of the digital copies that are produced by our high-production microfilm scanners. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, request sample scans, and a nextScan representative will coordinate with you to gather all the information needed for your samples.
All nextScan scanners transition high-volume micrographic media collections to digital format, using cutting-edge technology that delivers the highest quality images at the fastest scan speeds available in today’s market. Produce high-resolution scans at variable speeds up to 2,000 images per minute with one-of-a-kind line scan capture technology. nextScan’s scanning solutions range from affordable compact digitization scanners to high-volume production-level equipment that will convert an entire roll of microfilm in a little over a minute! Rental, lease, or purchase options are available to meet budgetary needs for long-term or short-term projects.