A little lesson on Microfilm
If you’ve made it here, then you probably have some film, don’t you want to know more about it?
16mm/35mm microfilm typically comes on a reel/roll, uncut. It’s compact physique was highly valued among businesses due to its extremely low-cost storage space, and it’s extreme life expectancy.
Microfilm first made a debut as a popular format to hold documents during the Franco-Prussian War in the late 19th century. At this time, using pigeons as a means of transporting messages was the only way, and using microfilm, the pigeon could carry a set of documents easily as correspondence.
While this approach was a workaround to a wartime need, microfilm made its huge impact on document imaging in the mid-20th century. As documents began to deteriorate in businesses, libraries, etc., a microfilm copy of the documents began popular. By the 1960’s, microfilm began a standard format of document storage and retrieval.
While image counts are dependent on several factors, such as reduction ratio, length of the reel, 16mm vs. 35mm, average 16mm microfilm reels hold roughly 2,000 Images on average, while 35mm microfilm typically holds about 1,800 images.
Microfilm continues to make its presence in present-day, although most microfilm manufacturers no longer make supply. With the advancement in digital image, microfilm scanning slowly became popular in the early 1990’s, with almost a complete desire to scan all microfilm between 2005-2010.
With the microfilm industry slowly haulting in the early 2000’s, it became harder to find replacement parts for microfilm readers and printers. To begin with, microfilm readers and printers were often unfriendly, and difficult to use. Microfilm scanning has allowed for faster, easier to access, digital images… bringing image results within seconds.
It may seem uncommon, however, MSI still works with several companies to produce microfilm of digital media, as required by some archival agencies and companies.
MSI’s Microfilm Scanning Capabilities
Advanced scanning and processing at an affordable price.
Scanned Microfilm Images Are Easier
This is probably the easiest decision your organization can make. Years of hassling with Microfilm reader/printers, and now we can instantly bring up images on any kind of computer. MSI’s microfilm scanning service converts your old microfilm rolls(reels) into easy-to-use digital images.
- Microfilm scanning starts at less than 1¢ per image
- Digital images are available within seconds
- High resolution optimizes image quality
- Sharpen images to get better than original text
Advanced Microfilm Image Detection
State-of-the-art microfilm scanning systems allow Mountain States Imaging to not only capture images at an extremely high resolution, but they also allow for advanced image processing. Microfilm scanning can be tricky, and outdated machinery makes it worst. MSI uses leading-edge microfilm scanners. The key factor in capturing microfilm images, is capturing them all.
Enhanced image detection & framing, allowing for small borders Quality increases, threshold, brightness, & contrast abilities Ribbon Technology allows a 100% capture of the entire microfilm reel (roll) Rapid scanning rate, fast turn around times Blip Detection Systems when microfilm blips are present
No Job Too Big, No Job Too Small
We’ve been doing this for years, converting all sizes of projects.
69 Million Images – The United States Marine Corps
15+ Million Images – The Department of Justice
10 Million Images – PERA
2.5 Million Images – Adams County
3.4 Million Images – University of Colorado
45 Million Images – Coverys, Inc
750 Thousand Images – Jefferson County
450 Thousand Images – Bayaud Industries
250 Thousand Images – Larimer County
460 Thousand Images – Larimer County Community College