Affordable and Practical Microfilm Conversion Solution – Text Searchable Digital Records
You no longer have to handle physical microfilm or manipulate the cumbersome reader/printers of the past. With BMI’s Digital ReeL, you have immediate access to thousands of searchable pages and articles of local history. Staff and patrons scroll digital microfilm rolls or microfiche sheets from a computer and use full text search to find articles, historical documents and photos. Adjustable grayscale enables you to turn black and white images into realistic photos.
Learn more about our solutions for libraries and historical societies. In addition to microfilm scanning solutions, we have capabilities to handle bound and unbound books, newspapers, town records, electronic documents and more.
Digital Replicas of Each Microfilm Roll or Microfiche Sheet
- We start by making replicas of your microfilm or microfiche, digitally preserving each roll or fiche exactly as it appeared in its physical state.
Easy, Text Searchable Retrieval from Online Viewer
- Your PC, laptop or smartphone becomes a high performance microfilm reader printer.
- Great for publicly accessible workstations.
- Full-text searching to locate words, phrases and numbers across the entire archive.
- Priced per microfilm roll or microfiche sheet (not per individual image).
Adjustable Grayscale Image Quality
- Convert difficult-to-read images into grayscale to dramatically improve image quality.
- Adjust the quality of the grayscale by altering the brightness and contrast of the image until it is optimized.
On Premise & Cloud Options
- On Premise: after BMI completes the microfilm conversion service, your IT department stores and manages the digitally converted microfilm records and the Digital ReeL application; users access records from the Digital ReeL web viewer.
- Cloud Option: BMI not only performs the microfilm conversion service, but also hosts your digital records at our secure data center; researchers access records over the Internet from the Digital ReeL web viewer.
Case Study: Yuba County Library, California
Gina Zurakowski, Archives Librarian, explains, “We had microfilm for the Appeal-Democrat newspaper dating back to 1849. The archive is heavily used by local historians looking for Gold Rush information. Converting this microfilm archive to Digital ReeL has improved the image quality of the content and empowered users with full text search to find information in ways previously not possible.”