Since you’re looking for at a cost-effective price and happened to find yourself reading our article, we’d like to give some to help you make an informed decision. There isn’t a right or wrong answer when it comes to projects, but there are ways to execute the that are better than others.
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Is There Such A Thing As A Low-Cost Microfilm Project?
Short answer, yes! Is it right for you? Let’s see by reading on.
What Does Low-Cost Mean?
“Low-cost” is a relative term. Low-cost what? If the only “cost” you’re thinking about is the check you pay once your project’s complete, beware! You may be penny wise but pound foolish. Or you may be perfectly content with a simple project. Keep reading and find out!
Quick clarification: when we say “cost,” we’re referring to your cost as the project owner and what you’ll pay to get your project done.
There’s a classic business saying that goes like this: “Good, Fast, Cheap. Choose 2.” Everyone would love to have a project to digitize microfilm and that’s high-quality, is finished quickly, and doesn’t cost much. In the real world that’s rarely the case and you’ll usually have to compromise by choosing 2 of the 3 options. Since this is an article about low-cost scanning projects, we’ll show you examples of those two options.
Low-Cost Scanning Example
What Does A Digital Microfilm Imaging Project Look Like?
Here’s an example scope of work for a low-priced microfilm scanning project:
- your film and at 300dpi into bi-tonal (black/white) and grayscale .
- Sometimes one is better than the other, so you get both.
- Create single-page PDF in roll-level folders.
- Each roll will be a digital folder, and the from that roll will be delivered as single-page PDFs (one PDF per image).
- PDF will be delivered as image-only files (no text search / ).
- Digital returned on an encrypted USB drive.
- will be delivered as-is; no de-speckling, de-skewing, rotating, etc. Individual will not be manipulated.
Pretty simple, right? Right, because you’re buying a Ford here, and you can have any color you want as long as it’s black. ALL projects are unique, so this may work for you, or you may need to tweak it. The main point is that it’s a good place to start if you’re cost-conscious.
No, this isn’t a secret recipe that we can never divulge, but the reason we can’t give you a definitive answer on pricing is that we don’t know what your definitive project requires! As mentioned above, every project is unique and each variation can move the price around. With that in mind, some price ranges are below.
$20 – 40/roll for 100′ rolls, and up to double that for 215′ rolls.
$0.75 – 1.25/sheet for 16mm and 35mm jacket fiche (5- and 2-channel jackets, respectively).
$3 – 5/sheet for COM fiche (the fiche with about 250-300 images on each sheet).
Aperture card scanning:
$0.25 – 0.75/card.
If you’re actually putting together a plan, get in touch with us and tell us what you’re trying to do and we’ll give you a quote that will make sense for your specifics. We can also give you pricing based on how many we , but our standard is to use rolls of microfilm, sheets of as the pricing units.
*For specific pricing information about microfilm, go here.
*For specific pricing information about microfiche, go here.
What Are Other Options For Low-Cost Microfilm ?
As incredible as it might seem, there are options other than having BMI your microfilm. And we’re actually happy to let you know about these alternatives. We’re not always the right fit to work with folks that call us, but we like to help them out anyway. (think of us as the Macy’s Santa from Miracle on 34th Street)
- One option we often describe is checking out your local library. Most local libraries (city libraries, county libraries, community college libraries, university libraries) have microfilm scanning units, and if you call ahead and ask if you can use them you’ll be good to go. Ask a librarian for help and you can your microfilm when you have the time!
- It’s probably free or very cheap. The only downside is you have to do it yourself.
- There’re also other companies that provide
- If you’re in touch with us and we don’t seem to be the right fit, then we may even recommend a competitor who’s better suited for you.
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Interested in chatting about microfilm scanning? Give us a call at 800.359.3456 or send an email to email@example.com and we’ll connect you with one of our reps so that you can work out a project scope and pricing.
Want to know more about digital conversion projects? Below are some additional articles for you to read:
“Large-Scale Microfilm Scanning Projects” gives you some pointers about how to approach a “large” project. When you’re working with large-scale projects, pricing is usually reflected at a lower price, so it ties together with the article you just read.
“How To Choose The Right Microfilm Scanning Partner” provides you with our thoughts on researching, evaluating, and hiring a company to scan your records.
“The BMI Project Review Process” is our step-by-step approach to turn your scanning project into a reality.