Microform- Michrofiche & Microfilm Conversion & Scanning

Microfilm and Microfiche Scanning Services


What is Microfilm?

Microfilming, also called microphotography, consists in the reduction of images to such a small size that they cannot be read without optical assistance. This amazing photographic compression often results in a ninety-nine percent saving of space. The microfilming service is one of the most extensively used and common practices in modern reprographic science.

The remarkable increase in microfilming activities is due to the recognition that a large portion of books, periodicals and newspapers are deteriorating because of the poor quality of paper and print. The use of microfilming for almost seventy years has provided an excellent reproduction method for recording photographic images of printed materials (www.dictionary.com) 

What is Microfiche?

A microfiche is a card made of transparent film used to store printed information in miniaturized form. To read the card, a user places it under the lens of a reader machine, which magnifies it greatly. The thinness and small size of the film enables it to be stored very easily and efficiently, allowing libraries, museums, and businesses to increase their resource collections without the need for additional storage space. While many organizations store records digitally, microfiche records are still created and used, but there are some dangers with this in terms of longevity.

Microfilm Conversion
Microfiche Conversion


Advantages of Microfilm

Microfilm can bring various advantages, such as the document being reduced to one-thirtieth of its area.  It can also save utilization of floor space by reducinga number of documents being used. It can also allow security and safety of documents to a certain extent. The microfilm records are also a bit more durable than documents, but do have a timestamp and environmental factors can affect it. 



Advantages of Microfiche

There are many advantages to Microfiche, such as a storage cabinet can hold thousands of Microfiche cards, which can contain thousands of pages inmaterial. There are also special machines, such as theSt Viewscan III, that allow you to read them and even alter the content for clearer visuals. Some storage methods used in the past that were based on technology that no longer in common use, which can make accessing the data difficult. 

What can Imagex do for Microfilm & Microfiche


ST Viewscan III

  ST Viewscan III


ST Imaging’s ST ViewScan III microfilm scanner has changed the way that you will look at your microfilm collection! Utilizing an industry leading 14-megapixel color image sensor with USB 3.0 connection, the ST ViewScan III is capable of creating crisp and clear high-resolution images from your microfilm collection.

“This new high-resolution camera will allow users to see more details in the film as well as digitally zoom in closer than ever before” says Bruce Rennecker, Vice President of ST Imaging.  “Our microfilm viewer/scanner has always been known as the easiest system to use and now our native image quality is unmatched.”

The ST ViewScan III is the third generation of ST ViewScan microfilm scanners and the fourth digital microfilm scanner released by ST Imaging since 2003. Building off each previous model the ST ViewScan III combines the ease of use and familiar functionality with a technologically advanced 14-megapixel camera with a modern USB 3.0 Superspeed interface.

Another significant advancement that ST Imaging’s ST ViewScan III adds is full-color microfilm scanning. While limited, color microfilm and microfiche does exist. In addition, the ST ViewScan III also creates fantastic images from 35mm color slides. The color scanning capability of the ST ViewScan III makes it a favorable multi-functional tool for most institutions.

With the ST ViewScan III, ST Imaging continues to raise the bar on microfilm scanner technology. In 2014 alone, ST Imaging has introduced OCLC interlibrary loan and FamilySearch integration with ST Premium Software.

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Although Microfilm & Microfiche can help preserve your information, there is a shelf life. Environmental issues such as humidity, temperature, etc. can all affect how long, and how much you can see visually see everything. Luckily, there is a solution, you can have all of your Microfilm scanned into digital formats, and upload them to a Content Mangement System. Why would you need to do that, see our blog post " Why Libraries Need to Preserve Their Special Collections" For more information. 


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