Apex Aerial Film Scanner

Apex by nextScan®
Wide Format Aerial Film Scanner

Introducing Apex by nextScan®, a revolutionary scanner for processing aerial film at an incredible rate of speed. A scanner created to convert the world’s collection of aerial roll film archives into digital formats.

Capable of converting large, wide-format film rolls from 70mm to 260mm wide at a rate of two inches per second or 10 feet a minute, Apex has drastically decreased the conversion time required to digitize aerial film and other wide format films.

Most remarkable is the precision of the Apex scanner, achieving incredible detail down to a 4-micron spot size (human hair is between 17um to 180um). This level of detail allows for incredible scanning detail resulting in an incredible amount of data.

When scanning 10 inch film the Apex captures 819,000,000 pixels per second which, in capturing 12-bits of data, generates 1.53 gigabytes of data per second. That is equivalent of filling a Blu-Ray DVD every two seconds.

Are you ready to fire up your afterburners on your wide format aerial film digitization?

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Designed for the Government

The Apex scanner was a project born from a challenge by a federal government agency. Their problem, the process for digitizing aerial film was too slow. With their list of requirements, nextScan’s team of engineers set out to build the Apex using all of their knowledge from decades of working with microfilm images.  


10 Feet of 10 Inch Wide Film in 1 Minute
Incredible Rate of Speed.
The Apex by nextScan® is designed to scan 10 feet of 10 inch wide film in one minute at archival quality. What took hours to scan and splice will now take mere minutes.

Archival-Grade Image Capture
Precision Cameras Synced by Experts. Experienced nextScan electrical and software engineers designed the Apex by nextScan® aerial film scanner. This combined knowledge made it possible to design a one-of-a-kind scanner to digitize the world’s aerial film at archival quality.

Up to 10.73 Inch Scan Width.
Wide variety of scan width options. Apex by nextScan® employs four line-scanning cameras to capture the full width required to capture the full width of wide-format film. This wide range allows for aerial film of all sizes to be digitized.

Customized to the Customer
Complete customization for your film. With the years of experience comes the understanding that each conversion project is unique. The entire nextScan team is dedicated to delivering a customized solution for your particular project. 


  • True archival-grade image capture
  • Heavy duty construction supports large rolls of film
  • Film elevators assist with loading
  • High scanning speed
  • 120 Terabyte server
  • Customized for your archive
  • Output to lower resolution formats

The Apex by nextScan® Includes:

  • Apex Scanner
  • PC to run scanner
  • Aerial Film Workflow Software Platform
  • 120 Terabyte Server
  • Installation
  • Training

We Love a Challenge!

The Apex by nextScan® was born from a challenge to scan wide-format aerial film. Do you have a particularly challenging conversion project that you have been tasked with? Reach out to nextScan to see what solutions we have for you. Call today, 208-514-4000.

Ready to Get Started?

We have helped thousands of organizations convert their microfilm archives.
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