January 6, 2023
The Benefits of Converting Microfilm to Digital Images
Converting microfilm to digital images has a number of benefits that make it an appealing option for businesses and organizations looking to modernize their record-keeping systems.
Here are just a few of the key benefits of this process:
- Improved accessibility: Digital images can be accessed much more easily than microfilm, which requires specialized equipment to view. By converting microfilm to digital, users can simply log into a computer to access the images, making it much more convenient for them to retrieve the information they need.
- Enhanced security: Digital images can be backed up in multiple locations, providing a higher level of security than microfilm, which is vulnerable to physical damage, erosion, and theft.
- Better organization: Digital images can be easily organized and named, making it easier to locate specific documents or images within a larger collection. This can be especially useful for businesses with large volumes of records that need to be managed.
- Increased efficiency: Digital images can be shared and accessed by multiple users at the same time, eliminating the need for multiple copies of microfilm and reducing the time and effort required to retrieve and share information.
- Cost savings: While there is an initial investment to convert microfilm to digital, the long-term cost savings may be substantial. Digital images do not require the maintenance and repair of specialized microfilm equipment, and there are no ongoing costs for film and chemical processing.
- Improved image quality: Digital images are generally of higher quality than microfilm, as they are not subject to the same level of deterioration and fading over time. This can be especially important for businesses that rely on the accuracy and clarity of their records.
Converting microfilm to digital images offers a range of benefits that can make it a worthwhile investment for businesses and organizations looking to improve the efficiency and security of their record-keeping systems. The enhanced accessibility, security, organization, and image quality provided by digital images, along with the potential cost savings, make this an appealing option for those looking to modernize and streamline their operations.
September 8, 2022
UFO Microfilm Scanning
Generation Imaging is the go-to digital conversion company for UFO researchers for UFO microfilm scanning. The importance of the history of UFOs has never been more important as the United States federal government is taking the UFO phenomena seriously.
Many researchers understand the need for freedom of information, and are sharing Generation Imaging’s scanned images. Most of the UFO media Generation Imaging has scanned were from images on 16mm and 35mm roll film.
Located in South Florida, Generation Imaging has 16mm and 35mm microfilm scanners, microfiche scanners, aperture card scanners, document scanners, and color slide scanners.
The format of converted images can be JPEGs, PDFs, or TIFFs. Many researchers like to do their own image enhancements and processing, so Generation Imaging usually delivers raw format without additional compression. However, if requested Generation Imaging can run some image processing, OCR, or indexing.
Generation Imaging has scanned thousands of UFO related microfilm images which were originally from UFO magazines, UFO books, UFO newsletters, UFO government reports, and UFO civilian reports. Whether you are a believer, skeptic, researcher, or government official, please consider utilizing Generation Imaging’s scanning services to scan digital images.
If you have access to UFO collections and want to be more productive, feel free to contact Generation Imaging for a free scanning quote. Generation Imaging will never try to overcharge or take advantage of UFO researchers who are on a budget.
Generation Imaging values your privacy and will never share the UFO images or media with anyone, nor your identity without your permission.
October 4, 2021
What is Duplex Roll Film Scanning?
Duplex roll film is 16mm microfilm that has been created with two images per frame. The front and backside of a document page was filmed at the same time as the front or they are simply two separate images side-by-side. There are around 5,000 frames on a 100-foot roll of 16mm duplex film, however once the pages get split it would be 10,000 separate images if split. Of course these are just estimates and longer film could contain a whopping 15,000+ frames (30,000+ images). Some documents were small to begin with, such as envelopes, checks, birth, death, and marriage certificates, driver’s licenses, fingerprints, and traffic tickets. In such cases rolls may contain double the expected amount (30,000-60,000 images)!
There are a handful of ways to scan duplex microfilm. Depending on how it was filmed, Generation Imaging can save both frames in one image, or save out two images separately. Advanced options include deleting out black backsides and making multi-page pdfs or tiffs based on blips or indexing fields.
Generation Imaging has a price discount for digitizing duplex rolls. This is because there are so many images on a roll, in some cases one roll has the same number of images of 2-4 common rolls. Keep in mind, the turnaround time for converting duplex microfilm will indeed be longer than standard 16mm rolls.
The bottom line is regardless of how duplex rolls were filmed, Generation Imaging will scan them so you won’t even know that a different technique was used; the end result is the same as other reels.
Feel free to contact us with any questions about your film.
January 21, 2021
How Do You Scan 16mm Roll Film?
16mm roll film (also called microfilm) can be read under a microfilm viewer. However if you want a copy of the actual documents contained on the film, they have to be digitized. 16mm roll film can be scanned using a reader printer- which is usually performed one image a time and every time consuming. The quicker way is to use a roll film scanner. Microfilm scanners are a product in which the cost is in proportion to the quality of its output. In other words, if you buy an “affordable” scanner ($10,000 USD) the speed and quality can’t match a high end model ($50,000+). There are used microfilm scanners on the market, but they rarely come with a warranty. And like printers, scanners have shelf lives.
The solution Generation Imaging offers is a roll film scanning service. For pennies or a fraction of a penny, depending on the microfilm type, volume, and format, we can convert your 16mm roll film to PDF, TIF, or JPG files. The speed and quality are top notch because NextScan roll film scanners are used.
The thing you have to realize how microfilm scanning is that it is a specialized technology. It’s not plug and play, nor is it an off the shelf solution if you are a newbie. If you work for a company, organization, government agency, or are an independent researcher, nine times out of ten it is more cost effective and less of a headache just to send Generation Images your 16mm roll film to get if converted to digital images.
Once you have the images, you can upload them to your PC, server, make backups, or import them into your imaging software.
March 17, 2020
Generation Imaging was able to work through the COVID-19 crisis cautiously. We were committed to scanning your microfilm and microfiche projects. In this new world of working from home, it is even more important that you have us digitize your roll film or fiche so you can access the digital images from your home.