Microform Scanning

Whether it is in Microfiche, Aperture Card or Rollfilm format, one frame right through to several million frames, we digitise it all and produce images in greyscale or black and white formats to best suit your needs. Microforms are often stored in single or limited locations, it is slow to access and can only be used by one person at a time. Digitising microfilm presents all the options and advantages you would expect from digitised paper records, plus you get to keep the ultimate (analogue) backup as well.

We have digitised more microfilm images than any other bureau in New Zealand and our success is primarily because we understand microfilm and photography; that scanning tonal images requires a different skill set to scanning business/ heritage records from paper originals.

The benefits of digitisation include:

  • Images can be tailored for quick delivery over the Internet or as larger, print-quality files.
  • Faster retrieval of information.
  • Multi-user, rights controlled and concurrent access, 24/7.
  • Improved response time to customer enquiries.
  • Minimise security risk around microfilm records.
  • Prevent loss of data with IT support via backup.
  • Save valuable commercial office space by removing (heavy) cabinets.

a) Locating misfiled records.

b) Facilitate online collection-wide searching (especially if combined with full document OCR).

We offer a wide range of microform scanning services that include all microfilm formats:

  • 16mm and 35mm microfilm – Bi-tonal (black and white) and greyscale scanning.
  • Microfiche – COM, step-and-repeat and Jacketed – Bi-tonal and greyscale scanning.
  • Aperture cards – single and double film chip – Bi-tonal and greyscale scanning.

Microfilm storage and scan-on-demand services:

We securely store your collections of business records on all microformats and agree service levels for providing digital scans of your records on request. We agree privacy and access rules and limit staff access when appropriate.  This saves your organisation having to replace a microform scanner, or keep staff trained in its use.


Contact our Microfilm experts today