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Microfilm & Microfiche Scanning

Microfilm and microfiche have long served as reliable storage media for archival documents across various industries, including government, healthcare, and education. As technology advances, the need to convert these media into digital formats becomes increasingly urgent. Digitization enhances accessibility, safeguards historical data against physical decay, and significantly reduces storage space requirements. At PROSCAN®, we specialize in transforming your outdated microfilm and microfiche archives into high-quality digital formats, streamlining the way you access and manage your documents.

Microfilm Scanning Services

Why Digitize Microfilm and Microfiche?

Preservation of Historical Documents

Safeguard Your Archives

Converting microfilm and microfiche to digital files prevents historical degradation. Physical films are susceptible to damage from environmental factors such as heat, moisture, and light. Digital documents do not fade over time and are immune to such physical threats, ensuring your archives are preserved in pristine condition for the long term. Moreover, digital backups create a safeguard against total loss.

Enhanced Accessibility

Easily Retrieve and Share Documents

Digitizing microfilm and microfiche simplifies document retrieval. Access files quickly, share effortlessly, and streamline your workflow. Digital formats allow multiple users to access documents simultaneously from various locations, promoting efficiency and collaboration. Transitioning to digital means information is readily available at your fingertips, whenever and wherever it's needed.

Space Efficiency

Reduce Physical Storage Needs

Digital files occupy infinitely less space than their physical counterparts. By digitizing microfilm and microfiche, you eliminate the need for bulky storage equipment and costly physical space. This transition not only frees up office space but also significantly cuts down on storage costs, making it an economically smart choice.


Minimize Expenses Over Time

While the initial investment in digitization might seem substantial, it pays off. You'll save on storage costs, reduce expenses related to document retrieval, and minimize the need for physical maintenance and repairs. Digital documents can also be easily backed up and duplicated at minimal cost, providing both security and economic benefits.

How Microfilm and Microfiche Scanning Works


The Scanning Process: Step-by-Step

  1. Preparation: Films are cleaned to ensure clarity and prevent any damage to the scanner.
  2. Loading: Microfilm rolls or microfiche sheets are loaded into the scanner.
  3. Capture: A camera within the scanner photographs each frame or image.
  4. Conversion: The captured images are then converted into digital files, typically in formats such as PDF, TIFF, or JPEG.
Large Format Circuit

Advanced Technology: Equipment Used

  • Automatic Frame Detection: Efficiently identifies and captures each frame or image, adjusting settings automatically for precision.
  • High-Resolution Capture: Our scanners operate at high resolutions to replicate the detailed content of microfilm and microfiche, perfect for archival-quality digitization.
  • Dynamic Range Optimization: Adjusts exposure on the fly to counteract the effects of aged or degraded films, ensuring consistent quality across all scans.
  • Batch Processing Capabilities: Enhances efficiency, allowing for large volumes of microfilm and microfiche to be processed quickly and accurately.
Quality Control For Document Scanning Services

Quality Output Formats: What Do You Get?

Choose from a variety of digital formats:

  • PDF: Best for general use, especially documents.
  • TIFF: Preferred for archival due to its high quality and lossless compression.
  • JPEG: Ideal for photographic images, offers compact file size.

Microfilm & Microfiche Scanning FAQs


Microfilm and microfiche scanning is the process of converting microfilm rolls and microfiche sheets into digital formats. This allows for easier access, distribution, and preservation of the information contained within these archival documents.

Digitizing your microfilm and microfiche makes the information more accessible, reduces physical storage requirements, protects against physical decay, and can be more cost-effective in the long run.

We can convert microfilm and microfiche into several digital formats, including PDF, TIFF, and JPEG, depending on your needs and the specifics of the project.

To prepare your microfilm or microfiche for scanning, ensure they are clean, properly labelled, and organized. If you are unsure how to prepare your materials, PROSCAN® can provide guidance and services to help get your documents ready for digitization.

The cost can vary depending on the volume of material, the format of the digital files required, and the condition of the original media. PROSCAN® offers competitive pricing and can provide a custom quote based on your specific needs.

The time frame for digitizing microfilm and microfiche depends on the volume of material and the specifics of the project. PROSCAN® can provide an estimated completion time once we review your materials and requirements.

PROSCAN® can digitize all common formats of microfilm and microfiche, including 16mm and 35mm rolls, jacketed fiche, and COM fiche.

PROSCAN® uses state-of-the-art scanners with automatic frame detection, focus adjustment, and dynamic range optimization to ensure high-quality digital outputs that are true to the original documents.

PROSCAN® takes document security seriously. All materials are handled in a secure facility with controlled access. Digital files are encrypted and can be delivered through secure channels based on client preferences.

While most microfilm and microfiche types are suitable for scanning, extremely damaged or deteriorated films may pose challenges. PROSCAN® evaluates all materials beforehand to determine the best approach for digitization.

Yes, PROSCAN® offers sample scans so you can assess the quality and compatibility of our digitizing process with your needs before proceeding with a large-scale project.

PROSCAN® provides high-resolution scans up to 600 dpi for microfilm and microfiche, ensuring that all details are captured accurately, ideal for archival quality.

After scanning, you can choose to have the original microfilm or microfiche returned, stored, or securely destroyed. PROSCAN® can assist with whichever option you select.

Yes, our scanners are capable of processing color microfiche. We ensure that color information is accurately captured and reflected in the digital outputs.

All materials are handled with utmost care by trained professionals in a secure, controlled environment to prevent any damage or loss.

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