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Generation Imaging’s Microfilm Scanning Services

Generation Imaging is your one-stop microfilm scanning service company which can convert all types of roll film. Here is a list of the different types of roll film scanning services we offer:

16mm Microfilm Scanning

The most common type of 16mm rolls have around 1800-2400 images contained on a spool of film. However, some reels contain duplex images, are on thin film, or have odd images. Some rare ones even wrap around in a serpentine order (duo roll film). With that said, a 16mm roll of film could contain anywhere from a handful to 20,000 images (sometimes front and back, other times very small checks, receipts, or index cards to have such a large number.)

35mm Microfilm Scanning

35mm reels contain wider images- usually drawings, blueprints, charts, newspapers, and maps, but also journals, registers, Official Recorder (County) records. They usually have around 350-600 frames on them, however they could also fit 1000-1200 images at times.

Other Microfilm Digitization Services

Generation Imaging offers standard shipping services (USPS, UPS, or Fed-Ex) and secure packing methods for your microfilm. Before the microfilm is digitized, we will check the microfilm status and determine if the film has any abnormalities like microfilm vinegar syndrome.

We can name rolls by their labels and roll match to databases if you have one. Additional services include indexing at the image level, OCR to create searchable PDFs, creating a spreadsheet or text file, cropping, rotating, and deskewing. Don’t worry about negative or positive polarities: we invert from negative to positive.

File formats include PDF, PDF/A, JPEG, TIFF, and other types.

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Generation Imaging’s Microfilm Scanning Workflow

Microfilm Scanning Steps

Generation Imaging has years of experience handling microfilm scanning projects. Here is a brief outline of our microfilm scanning workflow process.

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-Gather Information: We will confirm the client’s requirements (DPI, file format, naming structure, delivery media, shipping, price, etc.) Suggestion: A greyscale PDF would probably eliminate the need to worry about poor quality documents. If the film is good, a bi-tonal tiff will do fine.
-Location: Generation Imaging will perform the microfilm conversion at our Florida office. There will be no subcontracting.
-Receive the microfilm. Either ship or drop off the microfilm to our office.
-Scan and name the microfilm by roll number.
-Quality Control, where we verify the project was scanned correctly.
-Creating an index is an optional step if the client needs images to be named by fields.
-Perform a Final QC Check so verify that the images were indexed correctly.
-Upload the completed images to an external hard drive, USB, burn to DVDs, or transfer via filesharing.
-Return the media via shipping company or pickup.

Utilizing high production/high quality scanners, Generation Imaging will convert the microfiilm to digital images in sequence order and name them by the roll labels. Each roll be checked to guarantee all images are captured using Nextscan’s Auditor software. Basically, a ribbon is created which contains a snapshot of the entire microfilm in a image. The experienced operator will then verify the frames detected and separated properly- and if they did not- the operator will manually select them. This guarantees no missing or duplicated images.

Regarding optional indexing: Generation Imaging can index specific fields from the images, if required. We can go over the specific details during the initial test.
The roll film will remain in our custody at all times. At no time will the microfilm be unattended during transport. We have a secured storage location area within their facility where the film will be stored when not being processed. Our office has an alarm system, password to enter the office, and video surveillance.

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Florida Microfilm Scanning Service

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Generation Imaging, a Broward County microfilm scanning company located in Florida, can handle projects from all around the world. However, local federal, state, county, city, or town governments should be aware that we can handle their projects with ease. Individuals in the following areas should also know that Generation Imaging is their local microfilm scanning service bureau:

Broward County Microfilm Scanning
City of Sunrise
Coconut Creek
Cooper City
Coral Springs
Dania
Davie
Deerfield Beach
Fort Lauderdale
Hallandale
Hollywood
Inverrary
Lauderdale Lakes
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Lauderhill
Lighthouse Point
Margate
Miramar
North Lauderdale
North Ridge Annex
Oakland Park
Parkland
Pembroke Park
Pembroke Pines
Plantation
Pompano Beach
Port Everglades
South Florida
Sunrise
Tamarac
West Hollywood
Weston
Westside Branch
Wilton Manors
Dade County Microfilm Scannning
Aventura
Bal Harbour
Bay Harbor Islands
Brickell
Carl Fisher
Carol City
Coconut Grove
Coral Gables
Flamingo Lodge
Florida City
Goulds
Hialeah
Hialeah Gardens
Homestead
Kendall
Key Biscayne
Ludlam
Medley
Miami
Miami Beach
Miami Gardens
Miami Lakes
Miami Shores
Miami Springs
Normandy
North Bay Village
North Miami
North Miami Beach
Ojus
Olympia Heights
Opa Locka
Perrine
Pinecrest
Princeton
Quail Heights
Seybold
Snapper Creek
South Miami
Sunny Isles Beach
Sunset
Surfside
Sweetwater
Trail Annex
Uleta

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Florida Microfilm Scanning

Things have been extremely busy here at Generation Imaging these last two years- so busy that we haven’t been able to write many articles here. We are currently expanding due to the sheet volume of projects, and that is a good thing for potential clients because it means we have more scanners and more professionals to serve your microfilm scanning needs.

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Generation Imaging has been Florida’s fastest growing microfilm scanning service bureau this decade. Our team is comprised of technicians who could handle the hardest type of microfilm. In fact we currently are converting many eclectic Florida microfilm scanning projects, such as:

16mm cartridges: These rolls are contained in a hard plastic. We utilize a special adapter to digitize this microfilm to digital images. Some companies are incapable of loading these rolls. These cartridges also contain 16mm reels with thick hard plastic, but we were able to actually convert this type whereas other companies would be forced to create out-of-focus images. A major reason why Generation Imaging is able to overcome such challenges is due to our expertise and enthusiasm to solve potential problems. Generation Imaging has a “never give up” attitude.

16mm/35mm combo microfiche: A potential nightmare for amateurs, Generation Imaging is currently converting combo microfiche. These infamous microfiche cards have both 35mm and 16mm strips on them. It may seem impossible, but we are able to convert them and keep the original order and group.

Aperture cards: Generation Imaging has doubled aperture card capacity this year due to demand. We are currently digitizing aperture cards with different sizes, odd Hollerith code structure, and variable quality. The quality has been outstanding.

In addition to those projects, Generation Imaging handles the “standard” projects with ease, and continues to service clients- new and old- who have “small jobs”, such as a batch of microfiche or a handful of rolls.

Although we are located in Broward County, Florida our in-house projects are from all over Florida, the United States, and other countries as well (we just finished some UK work).

We are sure you will be satisfied with our image quality and customer service and provide free microfilm scanning quotes. We know how hard it is to trust a microfilm scanning provider. We’ve heard the stories about companies working out of their basement and closing up after a few months, individual internet marketing gurus working on commission luring you in and then turning you over to someone else, and even established scanning companies not being able to meet deadlines because they aren’t organized. We assure you that if you give us a chance you will be satisfied. We are real microfilm scanning wholesalers with no subcontracting or sending film abroad. CONTACT US

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Sending Your Microfilm or Microfiche Projects Overseas? Read This First!

The Reality of Outsourcing Microfilm Scanning (U.S. Domestic vs Overseas)

Guest Article by Tony Simon

sending microfilm overseas

There is a huge misconception about outsourcing microfilm scanning work overseas to China, India, and other Asian countries: mainly that it is cheaper to send microfilm and microfiche work abroad than to get that work completed in the U.S. or Canada.  Let’s look at some reasons why this is a misconception, and a great alternative.

Reason #1: Shipping Costs

If you are sending boxes and boxes of heavy microfilm or microfiche, you can bet that the shipping costs alone will eat away at the savings you get using a company that scans microfilm overseas.

Reason #2: Quality

As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.  When you are sending microfilm conversion work to a company far, far away, the risk is higher that the quality of the work will not be up to your standards.  If this is a problem, you will be arguing with a person on the other side of the plan to rescan your images.

Reason #3: Your Microfilm is Half a World Away

Do you really want your precious microfilm copy of your documents sent on a boat or a plane to some far off place?  Sure, you can duplicate the images and send the dupes to be scanned.  However, duplicate copies of microfilm or microfiche are lower quality than originals.  Is that what you want: unreadable digital images that force you to go back to the original microfilm?

The solution: Generation Imaging

With Generation Imaging, you can ship original microfilm and microfiche with confidence that the images will be scanned and stored within the United States, in a secure location. Even if you send duplicates, the expert scanner operators at Generation Imaging will use their years of experience to give you the best image quality possible.

When it comes to shipping, the cost will be less expensive to send your microfilm scanning project to Generation Imaging if you are anywhere in North America or the Caribbean.

Quality control is a top priority at Generation Imaging.  With our state-of-the-art NextScan machines and software, we are able to insure that your microfilm and microfiche conversion project will be clean and complete.  If you do encounter problems or have any questions, our service representatives are ready to assist you and resolve any issues as quickly as possible.  Plus, with Generation Imaging residing in Florida, you have the knowledge that you could personally visit the production facility with relative ease: no 20 hour flights around the globe and crazy jet lag!

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