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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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Things Your Boss Expects You Know About Microfilm Scanning

So you are going about your normal workday when all of a sudden your boss has a new priority for you from left field- get pricing for microfilm scanning! You probably haven’t even heard about microfilm, your office never even uses it, but your boss has an opportunity or need to get microfilm converted- whatever that means! So you politely say “okay” and start your search online. Hopefully we can clear up some confusion with this article!

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Confirm and Get the Microfilm Specs

Your ultimate goal is to get a price for microfilm conversion, but the first thing you have to do is actually identify and get details about the microfilm. Now, I know this may be hard if your boss just dropped a request for a roll film quote on your desk without telling you. But you can show off your knowledge to your boss by turning the tables and asking about what type of film it is. The two main types of roll film are 16mm and 35mm roll film. These look like small versions of movie reels. 35mm reels usually have newspapers, drawings, blueprints, or maps on them, while the more common 16mm reels usually have all other types of documents, like medical records, payroll records, school records, criminal records, land and deed records, marriage certificates, lawsuits, etc. If you have any specifications, let us know: DPI resolution (200, 300, or something else), pdf or tiff, bi-tonal or greyscale, and how are the files named?

A common misnomer is to call microfilm “microfiche”. Microfiche is actually flat plastic cards which contain a few frames on them. A microfilm roll is a spool of film.

Once you get the microfilm type, you want to get an estimate of how many rolls are in the collection. The reason for all of this fact-finding is to help us give you a free microfilm scanning quote. The price varied by type and volume. Without this information, it is like contacting a car dealership and asking for a car price without saying which year, model, or spec you desire.

What is Microfilm Used For, Anyway?

As far as why microfilm is still relevant today, there are still hundreds of thousands- if not millions- of rolls that have not been converted still. Governments still produce them to store their records on them because paper takes up too much space. You would think they would just scan the paper to digital image, but it takes too long and is costly. So it is possible that your boss is helping am existing client who also has microfilm but does not know how to convert it to digital image. Your boss may be trying to respond to a bid which has microfilm scanning requirements and your office can perform all of the other tasks but not the microfilm portion. There are dozens of reasons why your boss came across the microfilm scanning opportunity.

Other Important Questions

Your boss probably wants to know if it is cheaper to buy a microfilm scanner and do it yourself vs outsourcing microfilm scanning. We can give you price ranges for both. Generally speaking, it is more inexpensive to subcontract microfilm conversions. Microfilm scanners are very expensive to buy or lease, and you have to figure in the cost to train and maintain. In many ways getting your own microfilm scanner is like setting up a new business. Regardless, we will give you numbers to work from so you can give them to your boss.

Your would probably be expected to know how much it costs to ship the microfilm back and forth. The best way to get an estimate for that is to fill a banker’s box with paper and weigh it, or look at previous UPS, Fed-Ex, or USPS shipments you’ve made and extrapolate.

Other questions include turnover time: how long does it take to finish a microfilm scanning project? What are the images delivered on: external hard drives, USB flash drives, DVDs, FTP transfer. CONTACT US

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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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Microfiche and Microfilm Scanning Services

Why Choose Generation Imaging for a Microfilm or Microfiche Conversion?

Generation Imaging believes our microfilm scanning company stands out from the crowd. We know how frustrating it could be to search for the right microfiche or microfilm scanning services company. The main reasons to use Generation Imaging for your digital conversion:

  • Wholesale scanning prices: Price is the #1 concern about microfiche and microfilm digitization services. Generation Imaging does not mark up prices, subcontract, or overcharge.
  • Dedicated and experienced team. With over 30 years of experience, we have seen all types of microfiche and microfilm, from standard jackets to combo fiche to ultrafiche, we seen them all.
  • We have top notch customer service and a quick turnaround. We are not a faceless organization or corporate conglomerate. We have had no shipping mishaps. We realize you may prefer a local microfiche scanning company, but we bet we could outperform them on quality and price.
  • Specialized. Unlike other scanning bureaus which sell microfilm scanners, microfiche supplies, electronic document management software, or cloud-based hosting, we  focus and specialize in the niche of document, microfilm, microfiche, aperture card, and slide scanning. This scan conversion is the most important part of the project.

Benefits of Digital Imaging

Scanned images take up less storage space than physical media
Converted files are easy to retrieve and transfer
Files can be duplicated easily 
The risk of loss and damage drops considerably 
Eliminates the need to fix reader printers or viewers
Subcontracting scanning cost is usually than buying a new scanner

Generation Imaging specializes in the following scanning services:

Microfilm Scanning

Microfilm scanning is the process which converts 16mm or 35mm roll film into digital images. Roll film types include simplex, duplex, cartridges, thin film, thick film, duo, positive, and negative. These files can be TIFF, PDF, or JPEG.

Microfilm Scanning Services For Todays Needs

 Microfiche Scanning

Microfiche scanning is the act of converting 16mm or 35mm jacket fiche, combo microfiche, COM fiche, step-and-repeat microfiche, ultrafiche, and rewritable fiche to digital image.microfiche conversion

 Aperture Card Scanning

Aperture card scanning converts apertures to image and reads Hollerith code to name the files.florida aperture card scanning

Slide Scanning

Slide scanning preserves your memories stored on KODAK or other old slides into color images. We create full color JPEGS.

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 Florida Document Scanning

Document scanning is the process of converting paper into digital images. We can help your office records if you are in doctor office, medical office, lawfirm, building department, school, and more.

Generation Imaging’s address is:

Generation Imaging
1071 W 50TH PLACE
HIALEAH, FL 33012

We provide all of your microfilm, microfiche, aperture card, color slides, and paper document digitization needs.

So please think of us us when you come across that media.

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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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